Monday, November 19, 2012

An Old, Antique Watering Can Re-Purposed

One of my favorite memories as a child was visiting antique stores with my mother.  We usually did this whenever we went on vacation.  My dad would stop the car whenever she saw a store that looked promising.

Now that I am an adult, my mother and I have fun visiting antique stores when we travel together.  I don't have a lot of antiques myself, but I do have some special pieces.

Last summer, our family traveled to Prescott, which I blogged about back then in "Antique Junk for the Garden".


 One of the pieces that I got was an old, antique watering can.

I had a vision of seeing it full of flowering annuals.

Unfortunately, I couldn't plant in the summer because it was too hot for plants to survive in the container.  (It can be very hard to grow plants in smaller containers in summer because the outer 6 inches of soil is often too hot for roots to grow.

However, once fall arrived, I was ready to plant my new (old) container.  

First, I had to make some holes on the bottom for drainage.  Then I filled it with planting mix and then my annuals...

    
 I planted alyssum, violas and lobelia.  The watering can is now sitting in the middle of my vegetable garden.  I added a drip emitter, so my new container is watered whenever my vegetables are.

I must admit that I am quite pleased with how it turned out.

Have any of you used old, antique containers in the garden? 
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3 comments:

maccandace said...

No, but that's really pretty and makes me want something similar.

Stiletto said...

This old watering can makes such a pretty container for your colourful annuals. You are very creative to come out with this idea.

Ben Stewart said...

This particular old watering can makes this type of rather jar to your brilliantly colored annuals. You are incredibly creative ahead away with this thought. Simply no, however that is genuinely rather and makes me personally want anything related.

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