I have mentioned this book before as my current favorite gardening book and I can't recommend it highly enough, if you are a very experienced gardener it is maybe not for you, although I think there are good ideas for everyone in there, especially the novice who wants to create lovely looking garden ideas.
It is called Sweet Peas for Summer
and she approaches gardening ideas a bit like a recipe book, a list of 'ingredients' and a method.
This week I did one of her ideas which is a cascade of violas.
You take three pots of different sizes and fill them with compost, fitting each pot inside the bigger one. Violas are dead cheap at the moment and a pack of 20 plugs cost me just £2.70. I then filled all 3 pots with them and can't wait for them to all grow and flower, creating their cascade.
These of course are done with the brilliant pots that I got free from a kind person on freecycle, so this little project really did cost me just £2.70. I filled the bottom of the pots with some of the stones from the ground for crocks and then put in some of the turf that I have saved from my many other gardening projects and just filled the top sections with good quality compost. I will show you an updated picture in a few weeks to see how it is looking.