Our local garden centre, Gordon Rigg, is celebrating its 70th year in business.
It started as a small market stall and has grown over the decades into a huge garden centre – in fact they now have more than one outlet.
We popped in on Sunday to pick up tomato feed and chain saw oil ( it’s one of those places where you can buy almost anything!).
They had installations marking the anniversary, so we took a few snaps.
We were quite taken by the vintage allotment – weathered greenhouse, galvanised metal containers, old tools – and a cosy shed to rest, listen to the radio and drink tea.
It’s just our kind of thing – allotment chic!!
These colourful old tins looked a bit too pretty to put into the recycling bin.
A small collection had been sitting under the kitchen sink for months… but what to do with them?
Initially we thought herbs, but we’ve always liked succulents and we’ve seen some lovely little groupings in magazines & Pinterest – often in a selection of nice pots sitting on a windowsill. It suddenly struck us that these tins would be perfect.
Succulents & cacti come in such an amazing variety of sizes, shapes & colours – perfect to compliment the different tins.
We also put some in small terracotta pots. Fortunately we live about a mile away from Gordon Rigg Garden Centre and they had a great selection – we bought more succulents than we had tins! They cost between 65p & £1.50 each so it didn’t break the bank! We saw bags of tiny crushed shells in the aquarium section of the garden centre and they finished the containers off perfectly.
The tins are now dotted around the kitchen and the pots in the bathroom. We’re very happy with the results – they look great and virtually look after of themselves.