I've been asked before if everything I do turns out. The answer is a resounding NO! Actually, most of my projects don't turn out like I had envisioned them. Many are better, some are worse and some have to be scrapped. I thought I'd blog about one of those projects.
My daughter and I have been planning on doing THIS PROJECT for some time. We picked this weekend - perfect weather, big sale on flowers - to do it.
This is ours:
We saw the commercial with the happy couple being helped by the perky Home Depot Garden Expert. They allude that these are "budget friendly." They didn't actually SAY it. . . I should have picked up on that.
We went to buy the wire. The wire was $45 for a fifty foot roll. YIKES! I didn't need fifty feet and I didn't want to pay $45. I found a 50 foot roll of rabbit guard wire for $25. It's still a lot but I was going to need some for tomato cages later this summer so I bought that.
I also bought two huge bags of potting soil on sale. The directions call for landscaping fabric. I had some screen leftover from redoing our back door so I decided to save $15 and use that. I also bought a ton of cheap flowers. I spent $65 total, saving a bunch of money because I already had a pot. This was still WAY more than I budgeted and WAY more than I wanted to spend but I had promised and she was so excited. . . I justified it with visions of my daughter snuggling with me on the front porch as cars slowly drove past, looking with wonder at the amazing flower tower we created together.
We got started. I am including the photos because she took them. Use them as a "what not to do".
I cut off some wire, made a loop and stuck it in the pot.
I cut the screen, made a tube and slid it in, folding over the top.
I filled the tube about 1/3 of the way full and watered it down. . .
. . . and added soil around the bottom to hold it steady.
I cut Xs in the spaces between the wire and pushed in my flowers.
About 2/3 of the way up, we ran out of plants. I was in a dilemma. . . do I scrap the project and my $65, time and materials or do I get more flowers and finish it? I decided to finish it. I bought another $15 worth of flowers and finished it up.
If I do it again:
I won't. Ever. It was too much money for such a lousy result. The right wire is essential, I think. Fuller plants are essential. I can't imagine the cost of doing one of these without already having any of the materials. Am I disappointed? Yes. Am I angry? A little. I work too hard to earn my money to toss it at a project like this. It's my fault, though. I should have been a responsible adult and walked away when I realized how much it was going to cost. Lesson learned!