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Planting bulb wellies

Posted by Dawn Isaac on 26 Nov 2009 at 02:51 PM

I've been thinking about Nigel Colborn's shoes for nearly six months.  In case you're worried, no, I have not developed some weird footwear fetish nor have I started stalking the horticultural aristocracy, it was just that on his ever-entertaining silvertreedaze blog, Mr Colborn had fashioned a sort of floral tribute using his gardening shoes and I thought I would like to do something similar myself.

In my mind, I was keen to plant up some lovely old Brogues with a few sempervivums.  But, given my husband rarely seems to wear anything but ridiculous Converse-style footwear, I came up short on that one.  However, I did get some rather fetching new wellies earlier in the year which meant I was able to retire my old green pair that had sprung a leak.

Yesterday, I dug these out from the back of the shed, found a few leftover bulbs from the pre-school gardening club and asked the kids if they wanted to plant up some boots.

I cut extra slits at the bottom and the children added gravel to the base for drainage.  Then it was simply a case of filling up with compost and planting the tulip, daffodil and crocus bulbs at the correct depths.

We will probably clean them up and decorate them when the flowers are ready to bloom.  Perhaps we could sketch on Nigel Colborn's face.  I wonder if that would contravene the restraining order?


richardpeeej said:

Nice idea for the wellies. You might like this idea I saw Dawn, not my idea but I thought it was a good way to use some old shoes.

on 26 Nov 2009 at 10:07 PM

Dawn Isaac said:

Ha!  Love it!  Who knew a boot could make the perfect birdhouse?

on 27 Nov 2009 at 11:15 AM

miranda said:

That's a nice idea. My mother-in-law planted up my father-in-law's old work boots in the same way and they looked great.

on 27 Nov 2009 at 01:54 PM

Dawn Isaac said:

That's what I need - old work boots.  Trouble is my husband works in PR so his work boots are not exactly ideal for the job!

on 28 Nov 2009 at 02:34 PM