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Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Apr 12, 2010 1:43 PM CST
Old baskets make great accent containers to display dried flowers indoors for a rustic look and plant directly in them for a living cottage style arrangement in the garden! I have a large basket I will be planting up this summer so watch this thread for more updates!
Name: Sylvia
Ontario, Canada
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forestmaiden
Apr 15, 2010 7:43 AM CST
I think that is a great idea, plus you are recycling old things that are just sitting around!! A good way to clear out some of that stuff in the basement!
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Apr 15, 2010 11:13 AM CST
Yes, basements often have lots of interesting items stashed in them!
Name: Sylvia
Ontario, Canada
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forestmaiden
Apr 15, 2010 12:12 PM CST
You should see mine!! Unbelievable!
Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Apr 15, 2010 12:29 PM CST

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Oh that sounds very interesting ~ planting in a basket in the garden. Looking forward to seeing your updates.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Apr 15, 2010 1:38 PM CST
I'll be planting one out as soon as the weather is more stable temps. I've heard plants will root right through the wicker basket and into the garden!
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Apr 30, 2010 3:19 PM CST
I like to place several pots of geraniums into one basket and sprinkle annual babybreath seeds around each geranium.
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Apr 30, 2010 8:30 PM CST
What a great idea Caroline! That would be like have an arrangement blooming all summer in the garden! I think I have some seeds for the annual pink babys breath so I will spinkle the seeds arround the other plants in the basket. Do you have any pictures of yours?
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
May 18, 2010 8:35 PM CST
Not yet, as it is still a gamble here to put plants out.
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
May 19, 2010 8:35 AM CST
I've just been putting some out this past week and it is finally warming up Hurray! I'll wait to get a picture of my basket though since its just a bunch of transplants. Smiling
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Jun 15, 2010 6:51 PM CST
Caroline, how is your basket coming?

I finally got a picture of mine planted with the Poor-Mans-Orchid. It is really lovely and they really go with the basket. Hopefully they will flower for a good part of the summer. You can't really see them in this pic but the is also some dwarf 'Fireworks' Dahlias in there too to pick up the show if the Poor-Mans-Orchid fades.

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Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Jun 15, 2010 6:51 PM CST
heres a close up

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Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Jun 15, 2010 6:52 PM CST
they are very exotic looking

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Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Jun 15, 2010 6:53 PM CST
well, I guess they are exotic since they come from South America Hilarious! but they are very easy to grow!

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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Jun 16, 2010 10:57 AM CST

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I really like those!!!!!

Those are such pretty orchids and yes, I agree the basket goes with the flowers perfectly.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Jun 17, 2010 12:06 PM CST
Thanks Christine! I am hoping they flower all summer! You should try growing them in your cooler months, they are really easy to grow!
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Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Jun 19, 2010 11:17 PM CST
Nice idea. I wonder if there is some kind of UV and water resistant paint that will protect and extend the life of a basket? I have or had several baskets that I have collected over the years. Though I may have tossed a bunch of them to clean up my garage. But painting them would keep them lasting longer, right?
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Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Jun 21, 2010 10:19 AM CST
What a good idea Becky! I'm really not sure but I will look next time I'm at HD, they have an excellent selection of spraypaint. I never thought of spraying them to preserve them better Thumbs up
Name: Candee Gaye
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haighr
Jul 22, 2011 1:32 PM CST
I use polyurethane to protect my outside baskets. I have never planted in them, I have them as decor on my potting table and use them for gathering cut flowers. I also use them to make arrangements, here is one of my funky basket arrangements.
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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Jul 22, 2011 1:51 PM CST

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wow, Candee, you have some pretty flowers and arrangements. and those squash are very neat! are they heirlooms? or some sort of gourd? All pretty! Thumbs up
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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