Sunday, November 22, 2009

Some Pots



My gorgeous front terrace urns waiting for green stuff. 
 
Oh it hurt. This pot task of ours. 8 sets of 4 and 4 sets of 3. What's that?....44 pots. We managed to move the urns, for the front terrace, into place last week.





Absolute dismay when we realised how heavy the square pot sets, for the pool area, were. The pots were all stacked inside each other like Russian dolls so we couldn't even shuffle the sets off the pallet they were so heavy. We painstakingly removed the 2 smaller inner pots. They were jammed inside each other, packed with rubber thong cutouts. Genius packaging. Not one breakage... all the way from Vietnam! We had to remove the third pot by tipping the bigger one (and it) on it's side, to drag it out. Carrying the biggest sized pot up the side of the house, up 24 steps? Well we did four of them in one session. I now have raw wounds all up my arms from the scrapes... .... I will have scars from this house! After four painful trips, we jumped fully clothed into the pool. Now that's what I call a reward. The other 4 biggies will have to wait until next weekend. I can't move today.... and all because of 4 large pots!


Down to the last pallet. Hubby was seriously contemplating giving up at this precise moment and 5 seconds after this photo was taken, we made an executive   decision to give up, jump in the pool and leave the rest to next weekend. We were tripping over the 'rubber thong cut out packaging thingy's' during the whole  painful process.

The soil to fill these things? ... I shudder... slowly, slowly... we have all school holidays to finish it all off and 2 little child slaves to help us!
A-M xx

23 comments:

  1. Hi, I've been following things around here but turned into a 'lurker' in recent weeks (consider my wrist duly slapped).

    I know and understand this type of 'gardening' only too well and oh, how I *feel* for you. The pots, however, are going to look spectacular when planted...even if your arms take some time to recover. :)

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  2. Woah, what a marathon effort A-M but how STUNNING are those pots going to look once they're all in situ and potted up...just STUNNING! We will all be waiting with bated breath for the final photos (no pressure;o))
    Angex

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  3. Ahhh, but they look so damn gorgeous, surely those urns are worth a few scars, no? Your garden is starting to look glamorous with a capital G! Lee :)

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  4. the front pots look amazing already, can't wait to see everything planted AM! Give everything some regular soakings of Seasol (if no-one has recommended this already), it is a great tonic that helps reduce shock in plants etc etc :)
    And maybe a tonic for you and hubby too? You may need something stronger than a swim by the end of next weekend! Ouch!

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  5. The pots look awesome! I shudder as I think about moving heavy things for gardens. Ours was about 2 tons of concrete in sacks. NEVER AGAIN. But hey, it's done now and soon you'll be able to truly enjoy them :)

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  6. Blimey Crikey! But what a great final result! I'm sure they won't be moving anywhere else for a loooooong time.
    Irene X

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  7. Ouch! I hope you haven't done any major damage to your backs. They are beautiful though - can't wait to see them all finished!

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  8. THEY LOOK AWESOME!

    Honestly, when they are all in their correct spots it will be worth the effort. But is there any reason why you cant use a removalist trolley? We had one that had three wheels which was designed for going up stairs. Best invention ever!

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  9. Just so beautifully symmetrical - all these pots are going to be heavenly and such a joy for you to look at while you sip your gin on the daybed whilst keeping a close eye on the offspring playing in the water!!! Poor hubby seems a little tired but rest assured that nothing is more satisfying than achieving via backbreaking efforts...looking forward to the finished look photos.
    Lisa xx

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  10. Oh god...I'm just about to move house I'm and I'm DREADING have to lug my plants around. I even have two half wine barrels that I'm just not willing to leave behind...that should be interesting.

    Would you advise wearing gloves and/or protective clothing?

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  11. They all look fabulous, but dang- that's a lot of work!! Smart of you to save some of the 'fun' for next weekend! Take care of those backs!
    j.

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  12. A-M, they may have been heavy but they are well worth the effort as they are parfait.

    Leeann x

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  13. Gorgeously Grecian like! I know it will look breathtaking when done. Just remember, Rome wasn't built in a day (pardon the pun) so take your time getting those pots and soil in place. Imagine the immense satisfaction you'll have when it's done!

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  14. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! These gorgeous pots are the perfect choice - can't wait to see them finished with all the "green stuff". Leigh

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  15. Oh my, I bet if you where feeling it yesterday, then you are really feeling it today!
    And I'm sorry to hear that you still have to lug the soil, pity you can build a make shift ramp up the side of the house so that at least you can wheelbarrow it in :(
    Love the urns on the front terrace!
    And thanks for the name of the door guys, I am off to ting them now :) Commission coming :)

    Rachael

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  16. What very beautiful pots - once the scars fade, the physio has fixed your back and the last trip to the tip to get rid of the packaging has been completed, they will so be worth all the effort. Better get your boys to start their stretching for the big soil project...
    Clare x

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  17. I feel a BBQ for 20 of your nearest & dearest coming on next weekend. What a lovely surprise it will be for them - entry to the backyard & pool of course, will be one pot!
    Millie ^_^

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  18. A-M pots look stunning. You made a great choice.
    X
    V

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  19. What amazing pots! Can't wait to see it all done.

    x

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  20. Oh the urns are just fabulous, they will be worth all the stress for sure.
    xxx

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  21. Wow, these are some gorgeous pots you have chosen A-M! Stunning! Tracey xx

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  22. I am thinking of your poor backs. Now a bit of gardening advice... The pots do not need to be filled completely with heavy wet soil. You can put a light weight material, such as packing peanuts, in the bottom 1/2 - 2/3 of each pot. Then place soil separator cloth on top of the peanuts so your soil doesn't wash away with watering. You can determine the depth of soil needed based on what will be growing in the pots.

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx