Monday, July 28

C is for Containers...and Chickens.

The chickens quite like the odd flower - red in particular, so my containers are all off the ground.
Last week I spotted this hanging begonia basket for £5. I take my MIL shopping on a Friday - she likes to go to Asda. The plants and shrubs they sell outside are always very dry - some half dead by the end of the week, so I took pity on this one and decided to give it a new home. I have plans.


Many years ago Jon bought me 3 chimney pots. At the moment they contain Ivy but I am considering using them in plant beds and amongst the shrubs.

                                         

    

Hanging baskets 2 & 3. I did these myself



Appropriately Sadie was eating a courgette whilst I was pottering in the garden.


My rosemary is well and truly active. I have recently planted a herb collection but added some geraniums and gerbas.


As ever the chickens were clucking away in the henhouse - Both Olwyn & Mabel decided to lay an egg! lol!


 
Week C in my ABC contribution. Making my garden tasks achievable. 

28 comments:

  1. Your garden and artefacts sure are taking shape Denise, I rather like the wicker hanging baskets, I've given up on hanging baskets as they're so difficult to maintain. Sadie certainly has settled into The Nesbitt household, eating a courgette too. Probably better for her than a mingy old bone that's been dug up out of your garden. Glad the egg supply is provident!
    love Di..xx

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    1. I like the wicker baskets too Di - so much nicer to look at compared with the wire type. I am making great moves with my Asda begonias - watch this space!

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  2. Awww, how nice to have a buddy to lay an egg with!

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    1. It gets rather frantic in there Jessica! lol! A bit of competition.

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  3. I love your baskets, Denise! And what a unique way to make use of the old chimney pots! What are the girls laying their eggs in?

    Leslie
    abcw team

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    1. It's one of those pop up garden waste collectors Leslie - I store the wood shavings in there so it's an ideal place to lay eggs - I believe! lol!

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  4. Well you certainly have a way with plants and containers. Things look lush and nice. How nice to have fresh eggs for your consumption!!

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    1. Ellen - yes it is though our egg yield is a bit low at the moment. However I did notice Bev was late out the henhouse this morning - she may have decided to start laying again. Her chosen place of preference is behind the container, in the corner of the henhouse.

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  5. This post made me smile !
    You know how much I adore hearing about your chickens.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Thanks AP I really should send you a daily update on the hens - I'll look into it, see what the girls think!

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  6. Love all your baskets..you have a green thumb if you can save a dried out plant! I had to google courgette to find out what Sadie is chewing on- now I know. :)

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  7. I wondered what you would have Mrs.Nesbitt for this one....so quaint....:)

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  8. I clicked before I knew whose post it was, but when I saw the hens, I KNEW!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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    1. Good stuff Roger - you know me so well.

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  9. I am at the point in the midst of this hot summer where I have to replace the spring pansies in my pots with something more durable, but I'm waiting for a rainy time to do it....

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    1. Good idea Hildred I always do my re potting at night.

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  10. Chickens are a bit like cats, always inquisitive but, especially when they think you might have food in your hand!
    I had a large chimney pot once at one of the places I lived but, it succumbed to a heavy frost and disintegrated. I grew a 'lasagne' of plants in there as is the fashion to call multi-layering of plants and bulbs these days. It was opposite the kitchen window and had interest all year-round and even a Robin nesting in it one year!
    You are making great headway into your plans, well done, come and sort mine out next? lol!

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    1. Sandie - chickens are hilarious in the garden - I am sure I would get much more done if I didn't watch them so much.

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  11. Beautiful containers and chickens but what caught my eye the most was the lovely Sadie - she looks like a wonderful companion.

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    1. Sadie is a darling Susan - but she lets me know if somebody is approaching the house. A good thing!

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  12. I love all your beautiful plants, as well as those gorgeous chimney pots. My wife and I don't have chickens, but would certainly enjoy having fresh eggs. Happy ABC Wednesday and Blessings!

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    1. Arnoldo - nothing beats fresh eggs, just had 2 for breakfast.

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  13. Because of where I live I do a lot of container gardening, but mine aren't as lovely as yours. If a 55-gallon plastic barrel finds its way to out doorstep it gets cut in half to make two nice sized barrels for growing things like potatoes. - Margy

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  14. Very productive...my sister raises chicken and so I do get fresh eggs on occasion♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/cone-flowers/

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  15. What whimsy! Chickens and herbs and chimney pots (the last one I had never seen before!). A sweet little trip through your day, Denise. Thanks for creating ABC and working so hard on it all these years.

    I am Death Incarnate to practically every living plant, but I'm trying to NOT kill a couple of potted plants, and so far, it's a whole month and they are looking good. I so admire those who are good with plants! Peace, Amy

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Thank you for your comments, always nice to know somebody has taken the time to let me know what they think.

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