Afer a long cold grey winter, it’s so tempting to get carried away with all the pretty spring flowers. Trouble is, tulips and daffodils don’t last very long. I adore the look of blue hydrangeas, but temperature fluctuations at this time of year mean they often die. I’m a gal who needs bang for her buck. So, if I’m going to spend anything, I want to enjoy my plant containers for months instead of weeks. That’s how I justify splurging on winter and summer pots like the ones I’ve shared with you on this blog. So, the only time I ever go to the effort of making spring planters is if they can be cheap and/or easy (prefereably both). If you want more fab photos and info on the elements I used, click ‘continue reading’ (below). Or, if you just want to see the video demo of how simple these babies are to make, here’s the link to michelleswalnutkitchen easy spring planter demo. Continue Reading
And that’s why THIS is the season to go all out on your containers with something pretty
They really do bring a little warmth and sunshine your way every time you walk in and out of your home during the frigid months. Or, at least they do for me.
So, if you haven’t already got your outdoor pots planted, then rush out this weekend while the weather is still mild!
We are all busy, especially at this time of year, but since there are so many options, there’s no excuse! The easiest, (but not necessarily the cheapest OR most attractive option) is obviously to pick up a pot that has already been arranged. BUT, if you want to enjoy a creative and meditative exercise, why not try making your own pots the old fashioned way! Creating something beautiful is fun, easy and so satisfying. I like to do something more elaborate for the front door and something simple in the back.
SIMPLE 5 MINUTE BACKYARD CONTAINER (easy peasy!)
Large Leaf Boxwood 26 inch round wreath
Copper LED bundle Lights
For this traditional cast iron pot, you don’t even need soil! Place the wreath around the circumference of the planter. It literally took me 5 minutes to wrap the lights around the sphere. Then, place the sphere on top of the wreath and voila! Done!
I didn’t want to go to the expense of buying outdoor lights, so instead I got the indoor battery powered variety. To protect it against the elements, I placed the battery pack in a Ziploc baggie and then placed it in a plastic container so no moisture can get in. I just turn it on manually when I want to light it up. So pretty at night!
Tip: Save your grapevine sphere, pine cones, logs, coconut shells etc. They are expensive and should be recycled every year. You can add new things to your collection slowly.
DECADENT FRONT DOOR CONTAINERS
Triple Mix BC Cedar stems
Square boxwood wreath Pine cones
Magnolia Tips Tall branches or birch logs
Leyland Cypress stems Coconut shells
Fill your container with Triple Mix, place the wreath around the circumference of the container and start by placing your tall branches or birch logs in the centre to anchor the arrangement and give it height. It’s good to use an odd number of branches or logs. Since logs are big, I’d use 3, but since my branches were thin, I used 5.
Then start filling above and below the wreath. Use, the taller, sturdier BC Cedar and Cypress stems in the centre around the tall branches(or birch logs), and use the smaller droopier stems below the wreath so they drape down. Be sure that everything you place in the pot is firmly planted in the soil.
Then, take the magnolia tips and place them at the base of the tall branches and fill in the gaps around the wreath. I like to showcase the brown part of the leaf instead of the green part for contrast. Then fill in any remaining gaps with more greenery.
Finally place the pine cones and coconut shells at strategic points in the corners and centre. Once the arrangement is full and you are satisfied, spray it with Wilt Pruf which reduces the loss of moisture and will enable the greenery to last until the end of winter. (although don’t use it on silver fir and juniper berries because they will lose their colour). It’s crucial to water your pots well until the temperatures dip and the earth freezes. Once it freezes you don’t have to water it anymore. That’s it!
As we get further into the deep freeze, with snow and icicles forming, the plant material in your containers take on a different look and shape.
It’s just another way to embrace and celebrate the beauty of those winter months.