Yesterday I attended the Indiana State Meeting for the National Garden Club. Our local garden club was responsible for an item for the silent auction. I had volunteered to do a fall basket at our last meeting. Here is what I created from a yard-sale Grapevine Basket. I lined it with a disposable tin turkey roaster…. bent into the bottom of the container. This worked really well, and I had a good deep planting area. I used two yellow garden mums, a dwarf sunflower, a yellow trailing annual zinnia (from seed, love this one), yellow and purple violas and two clumps of sedge grasses. To give it a finished look I used some florist moss. It will help keep in moisture and maybe not spill out soil when handling it.
We had a budget of $25.00, and I spent every cent. But half of the plants are perennials and the basket can be used over and over…. getting it for $2.00 at the yard-sale was key. But the ladies at our meeting really enjoyed it. It has been a hot, dry summer…. so something new and fresh looking was a treat.
In all there were about 60 gardener from all around the state of Indiana. I met several new ones, and a few I had chatted with last year. Many are not online, I kept telling them how much fun they could be having meeting gardeners on Facebook!
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Gardening….Brooke