Then I picked up a couple hanging baskets of impatiens for the backyard and some begonias for the planter barrel. Otherwise, I'm just moving existing stuff around in the flower bed. The hostas needed dividing so I started a ring of them under one of the big pines, and other things which had migrated from their original spots were relocated. I had tried bringing a potted geranium indoors over winter and almost killed it, but now that I've put it out on the deck again, it's coming back like Lazarus. Yesterday, I poked a slip of coleus into the dirt of the same pot, which I'd had rooting in water for six months. We'll see how that fares.
Apparently, there wasn't enough dirt under my fingernails just yet, so I turned my attention to indoor gardening. While browsing the greenhouse at Walmart, a low light variety of indoor plant caught my eye. Our house is fairly well shaded, so low light is the key phrase.
I decided to pot it in a vintage Red Wing planter. Found this one at an estate sale several years ago. Clean as a whistle and just like new. Figured it was time for it to realize its full planter potential.
First, a inch or so layer of rocks for drainage (river stones from the dollar store).
Good potting soil + plant.
Then a bit of moss for mulch (also dollar store). Ta-da!
If you frequent the thrifts, garage sales, or flea markets this summer, you will almost certainly find planters. I don't buy as many figural ones as floral ware, though I have a few. This cute piggy planter came from Mary last year. (Squeal!)
They're handy for all sorts of things (like holding old photos I need to scan and return to my sister).
If you want more fun vintage planter ideas, Van at Thriftcore has several posts which are sure to inspire, here, here, and here.