Retro Planter with red geranium.
Cant help it. I love to rescue things from second hand shops and give them a new lease on life On another visit to McKay’s Mart, I found this retro plant stand.
I thought it had potential and was worth the effort to fix it up. So I took it home, cleaned it well then, gave it a couple of coats of paint. I just used exterior acrylic paint, like Dulux Weathershield. A semi gloss is always a good choice for items which are a bit “rustic” because it will not highlight the imperfections the way a full gloss does.
I then needed to find a suitable pot to rest on it. I found a ceramic one and then a plastic inset pot. I planned to put it on a verandah so having water dripping from it would not be ideal.
I’ve noticed lately that Geraniums are having a revival. I think that’s great, especially in our climate because they are tough survivors. But at the moment you can pay a pretty penny for them in the nurseries.
I think people have been turned off them sometimes because if they are neglected for years they look unruly. But really with a little care they are very pretty, easy to grow, easy to propagate and can be used as cut flowers (yes they can). If you cut a bunch of geraniums and put them in a vase at home you will do they plant a favour, have a lovely bouquet and you might be surprised to see that some of them will grow roots in a short period of time.
But I’m diverging. I got some cuttings of a climbing red geranium and put them in my pot with some quality potting soil and watered in well.
Now after several weeks they are looking like this.
What at a great way to improve the look of a dull corner. A nice distraction from the colour bond fence.
So with a bit of imagination garden features don’t necessarily have to be expensive. So bring on the geraniums and be amazed what a few cuttings can bring you. Remember with gardening, the fun is in the growing!