Thursday, 6 August 2015

A rainy Dig the City - urban garden festival

Grow Wild It was a very rainy day but I don't like to miss Manchester's Dig the City and have very much enjoyed the festival in previous years. Gardens amongst the city architecture and some great community gardens, perhaps a little scaled down this year but I still saw some fabulous creative ideas to share with you. 
I love the idea of stencilling on a painted shed with the writing above the row of pretty planted wellies and you can just see colourful polka dots along the bottom too. 

The bee is Manchester's symbol and there are even bee hives on top of Manchester Cathedral.  I adore this hive construction with the hexagonal supports and the woven bees, one for the crafty people to make. The plants are bee friendly ones such as achillea and echinacea. 
a bee garden
 The dreamscape garden uses colour and light as a backdrop here. An interesting bit of art for the garden, on a smaller scale using coloured plastic maybe. I'd like to find some coloured acrylic shapes to hang from a tree so the sun catches them.flower kaleidoscope I'd like some large wooden planters on my patio, very effective painted up and filled with frothy summer planting or vegetables. Nice at this height for my sensory seeking little boy to smell and run his hands by St Ann's church Manchester Well, here is the first bit of weirdness. Dolls head and teapot planters combined with all sorts of odd trinkets to make the most individual planter you will ever see. More of these later.........unusual planter idea Nautical elements that I am still trying to bring into the back of my own garden for my son. It's great picking up seaside bits and pieces whilst on holiday. Last time I found a huge basket of old buoys in a junk shop.ferns and cacti Potting shed styling with crates and palettes. Reusing items that you may have lurking. the crates fixed side by side and used as shelves makes a pretty plant gallery.potting shed Wispy planting, grasses that swish in the wind, planted with pleasant flowers.prairie planting More stencilled text on wood - really like this. Simple but effective. Tales from the plot Planting up the edge of a shed rather than a boring empty space, embracing the flowers at this time of year - achillea, cosmos, salvia, in Manchester Don't let this freak you out! How many good ideas though and something to have fun making and painting up letting your artistic inner self free.creepy planter A green outdoor cocktail bar for the decking or patio? All that lush green planting using edible flowers, vegetables and herbs.50 Shades of Green Lots of recycled containers used at the festival, all sorts of plastic bottles and tubs put to good use for growing in.recycle planting Different ways to divide or smarten a community space up.fence ideas Side view of the quirky planters - I loved them! going to have to raid the shed and create something out of all the junk residing there. unusual garden planters Beans growing up wire, a kitchen garden making the most out of scavenged and unwanted items. Good ideas for the allotment where it is the law that there has to be recycled materials :) vegetables growing in the city Cute jam jar tealight holders. This was the Post Office cafe garden and they used wooden spoons and spatulas as plant markersapples and jam jars Bug houses making a wall or divider with mini planters and coloured boxes.bug houses My favourite, easy idea - hanging moss balls, strings of buttons and vintage cutlery from trees to jingle jangle and tinkle in the breeze. cutlery hanging in the garden 
fun garden planting ideas
{Joining in with Mammasaurus for How Does Your Garden Grow?}



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