I celebrated my fifty-fourth birthday yesterday with a project I’ve been contemplating for awhile. I have been wanting to do some gardening, and my pinterest has been filling up with various do-it-yourself inexpensive gardening ideas. I really liked one I saw using some metal buckets. My idea was to substitute some cheap plastic pails, and I found some that made me giggle at Walmart. (Sigh – yes, I shop at Walmart sometimes). Then I hit the spring sale at Home Depot for flowers. I had already picked up some hooks and mesh and potting soil at Ace (which I like much better for that sort of thing, because the employees at my local Ace are so wonderfully helpful and friendly).
I drilled holes in the pails and put some mesh at the bottom to keep the dirt in. Aren’t the colors cheerful! And I just love the little shovels.
Then I got my hands dirty! I put two to three flowers in each pail, which made sense while I was doing it but now I’m thinking they won’t have much room to grow, and I may have to pull some out. But we will see.
Then came the hard part – drilling holes for the hooks in the posts that hold up the porch in the back yard. I thought they were made of wood. Apparently they have cement or something in the middle as reinforcement, because I broke three drill bits making enough of a hole to get the hooks in deep enough so that I could finish screwing them in. But how cute it looks!
I put three pails each on two of the posts, and two pails on the middle one. I love how they turned out. I sit out on my back porch in the late afternoon and crochet, watching the bunnies and the birds and my flower pails, and just feel so incredibly happy and thankful for my life.
You just can’t have too many purple, yellow, blue and pink pails full of annuals.
Or too much of a lap full of a happy purring cat enjoying ear and chin scratches.
Or a sun-kissed belly on a window seat.
Or my best buddy cuddled up against my neck. I am truly a lucky woman.