DIY. Creative with annuals.

Last week I collected my annual flower containers at the These containers have their own water tank, so you have to water them only once a week. It is a smart solution.

As it turned out to be, the plants were already quit large. This I cannot say about my Fiat 500 however! So it was a kind of a puzzle to get them all in. With the help of the owner of the nursery we found the following solution. Four large flower containers in the boot, one on the passenger seat, two in front and the last one simply stuffed amongst the rest. Doors closed and driving. In a Fiat there is always more room than you think!

Back at home I placed the containers in terracotta pots. My garden has immediately dressed up with all that cheery flowers.

For the remaining three containers I devised a great plan .....

I took two old garden chairs whose seats are broken. Using a jigsaw I made a round hole in the seat. The container is placed in that hole. It's lovely right away!

Next thing to be tackled is the garden table. I have bought a large tray, with the same circumference as the top of the table. I want to cover this tray with turf. I hope the turf will hold water for a longer time because of the raised edge of the tray. Next I placed the annual container on the tray, put some potting soil around it and on top of that I laid the turf. (See photos.) You can imagine, all this was done in five minutes. However, I must confess that the search for a suitable tray took me months !!!

Finally, as finishing touch, I took a piece of rope from the barn (has been lying there forever). This rope fitted exactly between the tray and the table.

DIY "creative with annuals." I am satisfied.

I say, let summer begin!

There is a lot of room in a Fiat 500!

The garden is immediately full of colour.

So lovely.

DIY step one. Saw a hole.

DIY step two. Put the container in the hole.

DIY garden table. Step one. Buy a tray and put the container on it.

 Step two. Cover the tray with potting soil.

 Step three. Lay the turf on top.


I like the rope between the tray and the garden table.

As far as I am concerned, let the summer begin!

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  1. You have a beautiful garden!
    I like the idea with the chairs, so nice.
    Wish you a nice day from Lena in Wales

  2. Hi Hetty! What a lovely idéa, I have planted in a chair before but not in a lovely armchair and table. It lookes great!
    Have a nice weekend!

  3. Yes, I also believe in containers with water tanks for the annuals! Then you can have lots of containers and hanging baskets without watering yourself totally exhausted.
    Great ideas for instant beauty!

  4. Hetty, you have a Cinquecento! So cute. Because of my growing teenage boys, I drive a big Mitsubishi, but when my husband's Renault dies we want to get a little Cinquecento. So much easier for parking in medieval Toledo.

    I find it funny that I am looking to buy chairs for the seating area on our new stone patio, while you are chopping up your old chairs!

    Love the purple verbena. Everything, as always, looks lovely.


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