This was an old beat up, leaky, water trough that we had.
This is me and my boy, standing next to it:
(Please overlook the swollen ugliness of my feet. It just figures that the day after I start this project, I start having problems with my feet swelling. So they can be ugly in these photos.)
I had my husband punch some holes in the bottom for better drainage, and we converted it into a planter.
In it, we put the Dianthus that my kids got me for Mother’s Day.
Unfortunately I don’t know what variety of Dianthus it is, because it didn’t come with a label stuck in it. Maybe someday I’ll find out what variety it is. If someone here knows, please fill me in. :)
This is Emma & I standing next to it, today May 21st, 2012:
and a close-up:
Much prettier than a beat-up old bucket, I think.
If they do as well as the ones I bought last year, then I think it should turn out nice.
Last spring I bought these Dianthus (variety – Floral Lace Violet Picotee), at the same little local market that my Mom helped my kids get these. They cost me less than $5.00 total and they were the same size as the ones above, when I planted them last year. This is what they look like this year:
They don’t require much care.
My kids help me. They just water them if they are dry, and give them the occasional weeding.
Not too bad for less than $5 investment, and they come back every year.
Hopefully my new ones will do just as well.