Shabby Chic Planting

Now’s the time to plant spring bulbs

by claire, October 20th, 2015

Spring bulbs make a wonderful display in vintage containers and if you haven’t done it already, now is the time to get planting!

They’re perfect for adding some bright colour and focal points in the garden when there’s not much else going on and look welcoming by gates and doorways.  Don’t forget you can bring spring indoors too – cheer up a room or windowsill with a stunning centrepiece and heavenly scent.

Pretty much anything goes when you’re choosing a container for bulbs so be as creative as you like – here’s a selection of my favourite ideas to give you a little inspiration.

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Heady Hyacinths

by claire, February 5th, 2014

It might be cold outside but spring is definitely in the air in the Mabel & Rose workshop as our spring bulbs come into bloom.  My favourite are these gorgeous pink hyacinths planted in a pretty vintage French tureen, a treasure found on one of our French trips last year.









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Lavender in Vintage Flower Buckets

by claire, October 16th, 2013

LavenderOn the hunt for an unusual wedding present for some friends recently, I was amazed when I found these beautiful lavender plants still flowering in early October and decided to plant them up into our gorgeous vintage zinc flower buckets.  In the language of flowers Lavender means luck and devotion so ideal for a wedding gift.

Lavender hates being damp so choose a sunny spot and it’s a good idea to protect them from harsh winter winds.  Although it has a large spreading root system it prefers to grow in a tight space so is ideal for containers.

If you’re local, then why not pop by our workshop and talk to us about having a vintage container planted up to give to someone as a unique gift for any occasion.

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Umbrian Vintage garden

by claire, October 11th, 2011

This summer we were invited to a wedding in Italy and spent a wonderful week celebrating with friends and exploring the Umbrian countryside and beautiful hill towns.  The Italians’ certainly know how to do rustic charm and here are a few treasures that I would love to have brought home with me…..alas, my meagre baggage allowance along with the hefty price tags (a mere 450 euros for the dog cart) meant I had to make do with taking photographs instead.

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Spring in a teacup

by claire, March 3rd, 2010


I am loving these pretty vintage teacups which I planted up last autumn – see Alys Fowler’s blog for excellent detailed instructions on how to do this.

Brighten up your windowsill or give as a unique Mother’s buy aciphex online cheap Day gift – these are a great project for anyone with a cupboard overflowing with mismatched vintage china ( if you can bear to drill holes in it that is).  Junk shops xanax pills and charity shops are good places to find old teacups and bowls that can be given a new lease of life with a bit of creative planting.

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Happy New Year

by claire, December 31st, 2009 - 2 comments

I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that January and February are normally my least favourite time of year. I love the run up to Christmas but once the festivities are over I can usually be found huddled by the log burner wishing the days away until spring so that we can get out in the garden again – I find being stuck indoors with children particularly hard.

This year however, I’ve got lots to look forward to and plenty to keep me busy. I will be dedicating the next couple of months to getting the final bits and pieces ready for the Mabel & Rose launch in early spring.


I planted these old vintage potties up with hyacinths at the end of the summer in the hope that they would be ready for Christmas. Alas they are still buy xanax dark web a way off yet, which reminded me of a gardening quote “Who has learned to garden who did not at the same time learn to be patient?” – H.L.V Fletcher – 1949.

Perhaps I should add ‘be more patient’ to my list of new years resolutions along with the usual culprits which are to do some exercise, cut down on sugar, read more and try to live for the moment……here’s wishing you all a very happy and healthy http://medicines4all 2010.

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Winter Tin Bath Planter

by Dan, November 4th, 2009


My brother and his wife had a joint 40th birthday party recently and we wanted to give them a gift that buy zoloft from canada was a bit different. Claire suggested giving them one of our vintage tin bath planters for their garden so we drilled a few holes and planted it up with some colourful cyclamen, heather, ivy and some other winter greenery.  As an extra surprise we tucked in a few spring bulbs so it should look great right the way through until next summer – that is if their new puppy doesn’t get his grubby paws on it in the meantime.


For more inspiration on using vintage containers for planting you could check out the following:

Planted Junk by Adam Caplin
Practical advice on gardening with recycled containers and some stunning photos by Francesca Yorke.

The Green Home – Organic Crops in Pots by Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell
How to create your own organic garden in a small outdoor space using an imaginative array of containers.

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Bootiful Planter

by claire, October 17th, 2009


I’m always on the look out for unusual planting ideas and on a recent family day out to the Cotswold Wildlife Park, I spotted this old pair of wellies being used as a planter and looking fabulous overflowing with geraniums and fuchsias. What a great idea for reusing an old pair of wellies that might otherwise end up in landfill.

As well as the animals, which are the obvious attraction, the gardens at the Wildlife Park are absolutely stunning and well worth a visit.

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