We didn’t have much of a garden until we moved into our ‘forever home’ and ended up with almost an acre of land surrounding the property. Granted, much of it is covered by trees as we live on the edge of a wood and a fair amount of the space was unusable until my clever builder husband cleared and hacked through years of ivy entangled in long felled trees to make a beautiful lawn area as well as building a tree house for Rose.
One of the first things we did when we moved in was to extend the wooden deck that wraps around the house. I promised myself that I’d adorn it with beautiful flowers this year but time evaded me, as it so often does. We have uneven pathways and steps surrounding the house (a lot of steps-sorry Mr Postman!) at the rear of the house there is a quarry wall with plenty of mature trees and lots of green foliage, think ivy vines and ferns. What we haven’t got, though, is much colour apart from a single pink hydrangea which has lost the last of its petals until next year and an array of green ferns that slowly brown as the weather turns. In the blink of an eye you can barely see the ground for the thousands of leaves that have fallen from the trees above. Much as I am completely spoilt with the garden we have, I don’t really know where to start with it and I miss the flowers from our old place.
This year, I decided I was going to become all green-fingered I even bought a book and a selection of bulbs! So what I’d really like to do is get planting and bring a bit of colour to the grey wintry days. The easiest option is to plant straight into pots because the difficulty of living surrounded by so many trees is there isn’t a lot of sunlight and the soil seems particularly hard and inhospitable in places.
Rattan Direct very kindly sent their black rattan plant pot set to help get me started, they are in three different sizes which is great because it means I can stagger the smaller and medium sized ones up the steps and have the tallest one standing proudly next to the front door. I’ve been looking for something that doesn’t look dwarfed there as our door is wider than your standard front door and a regular size pot just wouldn’t look right.
I chose black pots because I thought they would go nicely with our rattan decking furniture which is a dark grey. As we slowly renovate, we are going for more of a modern feel as opposed to country cottage. I prefer the rattan material over its stone counterpart and feel it adds to the contemporary look outside the house best of all it withstands the weather.
The pots from Rattan Direct are beautiful without a flaw in sight, they’re made from a high quality resin-weave which is UV-resistant and anti-fade. They are extremely sturdy with a metal holder on the inside that holds the inner plastic pot. They also come with a 5-year structural warranty and arrive fully assembled.
I’m really pleased with them and will be buying more in different sizes to pop out the back. All I need to do now is keep my (greenish) fingers crossed I can nurture my flower bulbs into something beautiful!
- 4-line black rattan
- Contains: 1x Large Plant Pot. 1x Medium Plant Pot, 1x Small Plant Pot
- Dimensions (cms): Large: W41cm x D41cm x H90cm. Medium: W35cm x D35cm x H55cm. Small: W30cm x D30cm x H45cm
- High quality resin-weave: UV-resistant, anti-fade
- Handle holes on each plant pot
- 5 year structural warranty
- Delivered fully assembled