Garden writers vote for Carol’s unusual drum planters

Unusual drum plantersMany staff members at Mr Fothergill’s are also keen gardeners who enjoy taking their work home with them.  This summer the company challenged them to grow plants in unusual containers.

Twelve people rose to the challenge, and their handiwork was judged by members of the gardening press who visited the Mr Fothergill’s Kentford trial ground in Newmarket in early August.

The winner was Carol Parsons, who divides her time between the company’s seed testing laboratory and working in the trial ground.  Her winning entry was this pair of male and female metal drums sporting blue lobelia and pink petunia ‘hair’.

In second place was product development coordinator Pim Dickson who planted a brazier with flame-like celosias.

Among the entries were some weird and wonderful creations, including a brassière used as a hanging basket.  As one wag was heard to remark,  “It’s good to see underwear recycling in full swing!”

Pim Dickson's celosias planted in a fire basket

While the competition was mainly for the fun of growing the plants and the glory of winning, there was a first prize of a case of beer and a second prize of a bottle of wine.

A stroll into almost any allotment plot in the land will reveal unusual planters in old baths, toilets, old tyres and containers that would otherwise be described as old junk.

There have been some great examples of using broken crocks, discarded kitchen crockery and other containers to house alpine displays on the Flower Show circuit this year too.

Do you have an unusual planter?  Share your pictures with us on the Facebook wall and let us all see!

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