The lavender topiaries, the ones I anticipated with eagerness each spring in PA, the ones I would stockpile in the back of my van, so I could sell them at Lucketts, have finally made it to Minnesota! Well, maybe they were here before now, but now is when I finally found them!
The only difference is that these are much larger than the ones I bought in PA. It’s nice that they are so beautiful and big, but I didn’t have pretty containers for gallon-sized pots. I don’t know about you, but finding planters that I like is a challenge for me. They are all too modern or too bright or too plastic-y. It’s rare for me to find exactly what I want. So, I typically use antique finds, like olive baskets, buckets, crocks, grain measures, ironstone, etc. I didn’t have something in my stash (that wasn’t already occupied) that would fit these, though.
But, I tripped across some hanging wall baskets at Target that I thought would work. I ended up buying two of THESE. The shape was right, I liked the finish, and the size was pretty darn close. It might be a snug fit, but it looked like it was gallon-sized. I didn’t like the single handle, though. I inspected the handled and realized it could pretty easily be removed. At $34/each, it was more than I really wanted to spend, but I figured I would use these baskets over and over again for years to hold various plants.
When I got them home, I tested them out and yep…some customizing would be in order, but they would work.
I started out by cutting the lip off of the plastic pot. I do this quite often to get plastic pots to fit inside my preferred containers!
Second, I cut the handle off of the basket…
Since the handle wasn’t actually woven into the basket, but simply onto it, I was able to cut it off without unraveling the basket.
Lastly, I stuck a plate in the bottom of the basket to catch any water that might overflow out of the pot if I get overzealous with watering.
The pot required a bit of convincing to get inside the basket, but once it was in, it fit nicely. I tell you what, though, that lavender pot isn’t coming out of the basket until it’s dead!
I love having lavender topiaries again and, since the house has such beautiful light, I hope I can keep them alive for a long time.