Sunday, 5 April 2009

Eccentric Brit? Or just thrifty?


I bought these metal spirals at a car boot sale recently and I have been waiting and looking for an opportunity to use them.  Well, today I found that reason!

I had intended to use the spirals as stem supports for flower spikes and tall perennials, but my plants don't really need it.  Most of the plants I grow are fairly hardy and I don't go in for all that massive engineered blooming that modern cultivars are designed for.  I did however have a quite untidy and uninspiring Raspberry patch; well Raspberry/Verbascum patch!  The Verbascum just appeared and I quite like it there really.



So, I removed the old wooden post and wire contraption designed to keep the Raspberries in check and I opted for a more natural "support yourself" effort.  But then I thought why don't I use the spirals in the Raspberry bed!  Inspired, I know.  But what else can you do but potter in the garden when the sun is shining?

Now, the spirals aren't designed to support the Raspberries, and as you can see from the pictures they don't, but they just add a quirky twist to the picture.  I also think that the colour in the Verbascum and Raspberry leaves contrast quite pleasantly.



By placing the spirals at different heights, and in great numbers throughout the patch, it creates quite a nice effect.  It is almost as though another species of plant has crept into the mix.  I quite like the effect created and it goes very well in a modern garden.



So, eccentric Brit or just thrifty?  You decide!


15 comments:

  1. I like it and I think it adds some garden whimsy. Good choice. They came for shock boots?
    Heather

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  2. Shock boots?? Please tell me more

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  3. I say paint them pink! They don't stand out enough ;-> Well, OK, maybe it depends on whether you like the more natural or the more eccentric look, but...

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  4. Definitely thrifty! I'm likin' it.

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  5. I think they look great. But please don't paint them pink!

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  6. Brilliant. I think we actually sell those here in the States.

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  7. Eccentric, definitely. Thrifty's fine, but eccentric is brilliant.

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  8. I think they add some originality to your garden and look great. Er, what's a boot?

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  9. I choose neither eccentric or thrifty - you are a genuis and I love it.

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  10. Hmm not sure about the spirals being thrifty, but I like your plant combination. I must be doing something wrong I can't seem to get Verbascum to grew in my garden must have another try.

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  11. I think thrifty Ryan. This is my first visit to your blog and Ryan you have a fantastic blog. Looking forward to more. (Isn't it neat how us gardeners find each other - I love the blogging - I am addicted.)

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  12. hi ryan like the site come and visit mine

    http://bensgarden.blogspot.com/.

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  13. hi im 13,

    does anyone have any advice on growing vegetables?

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