Happy Birthday to Me

Happy birthday to me! I guess? I was never big on my own birthday. There might have been a year or two somewhere when I completely forgot it was coming. This isn’t really a milestone birthday or anything, but it is the first one to make me sad. Because I’m in that official “middle age” bracket.” Because it is the first without my Mama. Because I might be the least accomplished person I know. Because I was supposed to do XY and Z by now, but have not.

Because when I was young, I made the mistake of listening to people tell me I was young and unaware. That I needed life experiences to have insight, that I needed to know more. Beause now I am in that middle space where I am supposed to be invisible and content. I am not yet wise but I know too much to be innocent.

Because I have spent so much time holding back, trying to plan and know more. Because very often I planned planned planned only to let the plan fall through or the moment pass.  

So I’d like to resolve to make my sadness motivation. To just dive in. To not plan so much. To try. To trust that I don’t need to experience it all to have experience. To be willing to learn and grow and stay curious. To remember all flowers grow at their own pace, and so will people. To honor my Mama with every passing day. To continue to forget my age. 

I’ll start by appreciating the beauty of fallen pink petals while we can (in spite of the eye-stinging pollen they emit), because they’ll be green leaves tomorrow.

I am happy young people are not listening to older people who tell them they are too young to know. We are all too young to know. Sometimes I worry that my spark is gone. I hope if it has been snuffed out, my wick isn’t so burnt out that it can’t be lit again. Although I guess if my wick is burnt out I can always be put on a candle warmer. I’m sure the wax still smells good.

Pot Tower

So you’ve probably seen these adorable pot stacks on Pinterest. I made them last year for the front of the house. This year, I put them on the side, against our fence.Image

 

I think like them better there because the honeysuckles on the fence make them look even more whimsical. I didn’t use a tutorial, just figured it out by eye.

The towers are made with a 4ft concrete rod and 6 terracotta pots.

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1 – 11″ pot

1 – 10″ pot

2 – 8.5″ pots

2 – 6″ pots

I spray painted mine last year in fun colors (they’re also the color scheme I used for my pot wreath).

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You also need something to help stabilize the pots so they look like they are going to tip over. Use whatever you have, like rocks, broken brick or you could even use those small water bottles filled with sand. I have lots, and lots of river rocks that were all around my yard, so I used them.

Start by staking in the concrete rods.

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Thread the pot 11″ through the drain hole.

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Use rocks and dirt to fill the bottom of the pot (The rocks will help stabilize the top pot and help you use less dirt)

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Thread the 10″ pot through the drain hole and tilt the pot. Adjust the rocks from the bottom pot for the top pot to rest on.

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Use a rock inside the top pot to weigh it down on one side.

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Continue with the rest of the pots, alternating which side you tilt the pot. You may have to shift the rocks and dirt to support the different pots.

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At the top, you can hammer in the concrete rod deeper into the ground when your closer to the top.

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Now plant away! Because I disassemble these for the winter, I only use annuals in the pots. Now I guess you could plant as you go so you don’t have to remove the dirt you just put in, but I like to be safe and not risk crushing the plants.

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I like to plant a different flower on each tier, and I try to mix in some whimsical looking flowers (like those tall red ones and the fuzzy cone shaped ones). I planted the extra flowers between the two towers and in tiny, 4.5″ pots.

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I love my pot towers. I love the colors, the flowers, the way they look against the honey suckle fence. I just plain love them. They didn’t take too long to assemble, but I started late in the day. By the time I was finished it was dusk. A lightning bug cruised on past my tower. I think she liked my flower pots. In my book, the lightning bug means it’s officially summer. Happy Summer everyone!

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