Old pots, pans and watering cans. The patina of age just adds to the beauty of some things (wish the same could be said of me!!) and the older and more worn out they get the more l like them. This old watering can was of practical watering use til a few years ago, but for the past few years it has found another liufe as a pot for my pennyroyal. I used to have an old pair of wellies as a planter, however even l had to give up on those eventually when they rotted completely and compost and herbs were scattered all over the ground and dog had the remains of the welly.
Last summer l had baskets hanging all over this old bike (it was a WW2 bike fround in a warehouse where ex works) and although it looked lovely with herbs all over it, you couldn't see the bike at all. This year l just had small herbs in the basket on the back but l think next year it will have to find a basket for front as well as it looks a bit bare.
I love the look of worn old wicker like the old basket here on the back of the bike. It has been outside for years and has the mellow greyed out soft look that just makes you want to touch it. Alas on the more practical level, it is so mellowed it would probably fall apart if you tried to pick it up.
Looking around the garden l see no new planters, everything is planted in recycled and reused holders, from baskets and watering cans to fruit boxes, whiskey barrels and old sinks (my favourite!). The terracotta pots l do have, have seen better days, but oh how they look far better for it. They are now mossy and cracked, but filled with their bounty of thyme they have a beauty and practicality that far outwieghs anything shiny and new.
I can't be the only reuser in the garden, so what are your favourite homes for your plants?
Enjoy your day.