I emptied out all the dead plants that didn't survive the late snow, and potted up the terracotta pots that I've picked up variously at junk shops and car boots. I always grab these when I see them, I love the shape of old pots much more than the modern ones and plastic ones just don't cut it for me I'm afraid.
I display my pots on this vintage wooden ladder that I got at a car boot sale last year. It was laying down on the floor when I paid for it so I was slightly taken aback by the height when we picked it up! It's pretty hard to photograph it in it's entirety without having to crawl on the floor, but trust me, it looks lovely.
The green and cream pot at the base is actually a kitchen stock pot. I paid 50p for it at a jumble and always intended to put plants in it. I love how it looks.
Finally, yesterday as we were driving round Cambridge, we took a wrong turn somewhere - our sat nav has the annoying habit of telling us to turn 'half-left' - what is that anyway? So, we ended up driving down the back of a row of rather nice houses. Outside the back gate of one was a pile of bits and pieces with a handwritten note saying 'please take me'. Naturally, I leaped out of the car to have a gander, and chose this item.
The picture doesn't really show accurately it's full filth. It was covered in cobwebs and dead spiders, the tealights were all bashed and dusty, and the glass votives were blackened with soot and caked in melted wax. But I thought it worthy of a rescue.
Cleaned up and outside on my patio table, the glasses sparkle in the light. I had intended to spray the wire frame but actually I quite like the effect of the aged and rusty frame. I may replace the candles for evening alfresco dining, or put cut flowers in there, or I even reckon I could serve up some refreshing garden G&Ts.
I think this sun has gone to my head!
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