Accents 2012

John Pitt small sized ceramic log with a variety of ‘weeds’ and assorted material found here and there in and around the garden. To keep moss green you should consider shade and spray several times daily with water laced with something nice in it! Generally I use ‘The-ONE,’ or a drop of Rhizotonic in a one litre spray bottle. A light mist will keep the moss looking ‘lush!’

Next is another handful from the garden and thrown in a small pot. Mostly just weeds. The small Ladybird is a combination of enamels and bronze. It is / was available from Richard Cooper & Company and was made by well-known sculptor Michael Simpson. Weight is 10g and length is 28mm.

This one an ERIN pot. Just 8cm in diameter with a 10p bargain basement alpine potted in. An assortment of mosses have been used to bring some variety of green into the overall picture. Once again the Ladybird makes an appearance!


Again, an ERIN pot displayed with a small dwarf Hosta duly supplied by Bowden Hostas. The small snail is a cold cast Bronze, which is a smaller one of two that I have. Soil is open and the Hosta is kept well away from any grappling hook type slugs n snails that may fancy a snack.

This time a Walsall Ceramics handmade pot that was snapped up just this year whilst visiting the Swindon Winter Image Show! The dwarf Hosta is a ‘Lemon & Lime’ variety, and has been split several times already since being part of an accent collection. This was potted up during March this year, and has since filled the pot. Watered daily and fed weekly; again, a free-draining soil medium with very little goodness within.

Slightly different this time; on occasions using a spare pot that is otherwise doing nothing, can be advantageous, both for using, rather than storing; and in particular for a constant splash of summer colour. This is a handmade Tony Remington pot, and within is a small (well, what was small) plug purchased for 49p some weeks earlier. The variety is allegedly a pure black Petunia, possibly ‘Black-Velvet.’ Time will tell; almost there now.

Again, soil is virtually inert but free draining; which to be honest is what a plant prefers, unless it is a moisture loving variety.

Do remember; there are three essential ingredients that make a good plant.

1. Water

2. Oxygen

3. Nutrients

All of this takes place in nature on an almost daily basis. In a pot the plant relies on us!

From a larger to something much smaller. At just over 30mm in diameter this is a handmade pot by Simon of Suteki Pots. An adorable pot, and currently home to a miniature / dwarf Hosta that has been split off from a larger group. Watering needs to be kept on top of, as these tiny pots can dry out extremely quickly. It would not be unusual to water this several times a day.

A small pot bought at a car boot sale for 10 pence; drainage holes drilled into the base and a small primula from the garden just slides in nicely. All in all just a few pennies. Pot is 11cm in diameter, and thus far has stood up to winter although to be fair it is along with all other accents, stored in a greenhouse over the worst of the winter months. This prevents rotting and does protect the pots too.

This next is an ‘Itsy Weeny’ Hosta. Another dwarf variety and potted into a small glazed pot that was won on the raffle at the last but one club night. I knew it would come in handy for something. So, split from a larger group of these delicate Hosta and now will grow well this year. Could well end up back in the raffle at some stage complete though with Hosta!

Take some ‘Creeping Charlie’ from a weedy area of the garden, pot it into some free draining soil; finish with an ERIN handmade pot which is 6cm in diameter, and you end up with lots of lilac colour trumpet flowers all over. I used a Sigma 500mm lens on the DSLR for this one.

And in full flower from a week or so ago. This is currently being cultivated in several plastic pots for future use.

Here some Veronica has been added to a pot with the addition of some flowering variegated species. Should the Veronica come fully into flower it will remain so for some weeks. The images immediately after, are a small selection of pots planted up with a variety of plants.