I used to never be into gardening, or planting, or flowers really. I mean, I used to like to get flowers, until I realized how expensive they were and then I didn’t want them any more. That, and they died after a few days. It’s like getting a gift and then someone taking it back. What fun is that?
So, I’ve learned that I’m definitely a fake flowers kind of girl. They live forever, they don’t need watering, or pruning, or replanting each season, and the deer don’t eat them.
Now, as I’ve mentioned before, we live in a gorgeous rental home, and the previous owner loved, I mean LOVED gardening. So of course, there are all kinds of plants out here that I am forced to take care of. (Just so you know…I have killed a few, and replanted, and killed them again. Just so you know. Just so I’m honest here.)
Over time, I have actually come to enjoy the color of the flowers, the different plants and trees, and I have loved watching them grow. We really enjoyed planting flowers, a few fruit trees and some herbs this past spring.
The problem with all of this is that I can’t just plant any plant. I have to plant things that are deer resistant, and deer resistant plants and flowers are not always the prettiest.
Then, lately every time I walk into our grocery store, they have the most gorgeous mums sitting outside in the most gorgeous fall colors. I just had to have them! I thought, if I buy these small mums and plant them a little further back in my flower bed, surely the deer wouldn’t eat them.
So I spent $8 on three small planters of mums. I planted them, admired the color they brought to my flower bed, and then walked out to water them the next morning only to find them gone. GONE!!
Rotten deer!! They ate them down to the ground!
Sad isn’t it?
Poor little guys didn’t even have a chance!
Then, this morning, while walking into the store to pick up some milk, there were those mums again. Haunting me! This time, they had larger planters. They were just so gorgeous I couldn’t stand it! So, I bought two.
I had a plan! I would put them high up on our front porch steps. I’m pretty sure the deer won’t walk up our front steps to come eat some flowers.
My only problem, I didn’t want to spend $50-100 for two pots for the front porch! I also didn’t want to just set them out in their ugly, black plastic planter they come in.
So, I grabbed my burlap.
I set each plastic planter in the center of my burlap and cut it so there was about a foot of burlap on all sides.
Next, I used some jute string to tie the burlap onto the planter. In the beginning, I tied the string around the planter, but then I realized it wasn’t quite tight enough to hold like I wanted it to. So, I decided to tie just above the planter and under the flowers. Not tight, but smaller than the pot size so the burlap wouldn’t slide down.
Finally, I tied around some white ribbon up at the top, and added some jute string to finish it off.
Much better than those black plastic pots don’t you think? Plus, the water can still drain through and should hold up throughout the weather. As the plant grows and outgrows the pot (if I can keep it alive that long), I’ll replant it in the flower bed that is in the center of our back patio.
Aren’t they gorgeous? I just love them!!
Well, I can’t show you the whole front porch… that will have to wait until my Fall Home Tour next Monday, but I’ll show you how they look on their own for now.
How fun is that? Pretty easy and very inexpensive!
Now, if I wake up tomorrow to nothing but stems, those deer and I are going to have to have a little talk!
In case you’ve missed my past Fall posts, head on over now to catch up: