Day 263: old curiosity pots

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year

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While few would deny the merits of a well made, attractively aged terracotta pot, there’s nothing to say that a plant’s precious root system shouldn’t be contained in something altogether more esoteric. I tend to become attached to commonplace objects in daily use and mourn their passing, and so the opportunity to repurpose them as a plant container is rarely overlooked. Anything from a pair of old boots to a favourite teapot can, and has been pressed into service in this way – just remember to add holes for drainage where none exist.  Objects so used may gently continue to decline, but I like to believe it gives them a sense of purpose in their retirement.


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Hello! I’m Andrew, gardener, blogger, podcaster, and owner of a too-loud laugh, and I’m so pleased you’ve found your way to Gardens, weeds & words. You can read a more in-depth profile of me on the About page, or by clicking the image above.

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