So whilst Ed starts to get to grips with the best way to care for our new plants I have been on the hunt for some new plant pots, since no plant is complete without a good pot.
First up was the tall dragon fern, which we have decided to put directly on the floor next to one of the falcon chairs in the kitchen. So we needed something that was quite large and could site directly on the floor. The trend at the moment definitely seems to be for plant baskets, like this gorgeous one from House Curious which popped up on my Instagram feed at the start of the year, which (although it probably would have been a bit big) is unfortunately now sold out.
So the hunt for a slightly smaller, not too pricey basket commenced. Ikea had some great options including the Fladis large seagrass basket and the smaller Fladis seagrass basket however I couldn’t face a trip to Ikea and I didn’t want to have to look at the plastic plant pot sitting on a plate for too long. So had a look online and noticed H&M Home had a few and as it is pretty close to my office I popped up there one lunchtime. I was pleasantly surprised to find they had a few suitable options, but not being able to make a decision I came away with two – a woven black seagrass tub and a natural coloured water hyacinth basket with handles (which doesn’t seem to be available online).
Once at home I tried the plant in both and was so glad I had bought both as the larger water hyacinth basket which I thought might be too big was actually perfect – it gave the plant a bit more ‘presence’ and meant we had space to re-pot the plant in the future. However rather than return the second one, like I should of done, I actually swapped it for a smaller braided seagrass basket to house the Sunday papers… at £12.99 I just couldn’t resist!
In my hunt I also cam across these great tyre planters from Rockett St George. They are made completely of used tyres, so the pattern on the outside varies from planter to planter and they also look like they would be water tight – so nice and easy for watering plants. A great use for pesky old tyres in my opinion.
Next up we needed a few small pots for the succulents, so took a little trip to my favourite plant shop – Forest, in East Dulwich (London), which always has a great selection of unusual pots and picked up a great textured concrete planter.
For one of the other succulents I actually did a bit of recycling and used a little basket, which had been sitting in a box in our hall, meant for Charity, since Christmas. The basket originally came from Ikea as part of a set of three a couple of years ago and was only a few pounds of all three. Although they don’t do the same baskets anymore these Fryken seagrass pots are very similar.
I also managed to dig out another unused pot for the Monstera. This time the galvanised metal socker pot, also from Ikea and only £2.75! We originally bought it back at our old flat for some herbs. However they soon died and the empty pot was popped it in a cupboard and never used it again. It was just meant to be a temporary solution for the Monstera to cover the plastic pot, however I really like how it contrasts with the other pots,so it will be staying.
I am still on the hunt for pot for the last succulent and am eyeing up a couple of options from Rockett St George, including this black metal plant stand and concrete effect planter but am off to Sunbury antiques market next week, so will keep my eye out there before committing to something new.
However whilst hunting online I did spot a simple matte black little hanging planter which would look great with the hanging Lepismium Cruciforme cactus I have been eyeing up for a while, so watch this space… I’m a bit plant crazy at the moment!