15 August 2021

Basket

Is it an English thing? I don't know but here - in the frost-free months -  you will often see hanging baskets of flowers close to people's front doors.

Although you can buy ready-made hanging baskets from garden centres or florists, for the past three decades Shirley has made up a new basket every year inserting suitable flowering plants that will later provide a mixture of blooming colour.

When you decide to have a hanging basket, you should also be prepared to water and feed it very regularly - often daily. Consequently, if you go away for a day or two you have to find ways of preventing the soil from drying out. Friendly neighbours may help.

In my experience, most hanging baskets are maintained by women. For whatever reason, women tend to be more enthusiastic about flowers and flowering plants than the majority of men.

I should have taken a picture or two of our current hanging basket when it was at its absolute best a couple of weeks ago. Anyway, I didn't  so that's that. You will just have t make do with the photograph at the top of this blogpost. 

A healthy hanging basket outside your front door provides a cheerful  welcome home  or a happy greeting for visitors. Admittedly, they are more common in salubrious suburbs or villages than in inner city districts or areas of significant economic depravation.

46 comments:

  1. I would imagine that those who live in the areas you mention in your last paragraph have more pressing needs than acquiring and maintaining flowering baskets, although there is at least one house on the sprawling, run down social housing estate around the corner that usually has some sort of display hanging by their door. It may not be as elaborate as the one in your photo but it looks cheerful all the same.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No we didn't. The metal brackets would leave rust stains on the white render on the wall so we stopped putting them up. We had loads of flowers in pots instead.

      Delete
    2. Something happened to my reply between your two comments JayCee. Very mysterious

      Delete
  2. I remember hanging baskets when I was a child, when women stayed home and had time to tend such things. These days most women work and don't even have front porches for hanging baskets, much less the time needed for them.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Until very recently Shirley was a full time nurse at a health centre but she still found time for the hanging basket River.

      Delete
  3. Do I detect a small amount of your own feminine enthusiasm here?

    ReplyDelete
  4. A labour of love are the old hanging baskets YP. They are a bit show offish but very attractive. Water crystal's are a very functional and useful addition to any hanging basket compost.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Some charcoal also helps because it retains moisture.

      Delete
  5. I would have liked to see a photo of your ever so fine basket. We noticed in London that many baskets hanging at posh homes and businesses are maintained by professional basket maintainers. We have a few here at times, but our summers are really too hot for them.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Eh? Our current hanging basket is the one shown at the top of the blogpost.

      Delete
    2. Like Andrew, I took your explanation to mean that you didn't get a picture of your own basket so you inserted a photo from some other source!

      Delete
    3. It was slightly confusing - I'll admit.

      Delete
  6. Shirley is clearly a dab hand at choosing, arranging and nuturing plants. That is a well above average specimen.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's very kind of you to say so Tigger.

      Delete
  7. There are plenty of people here who have hanging baskets of flower by their front doors too. It's a nice touch, I think.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I don't think they can be much better than this basket.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I told Shirley it was one of her best.

      Delete
  9. Agreeing with Marie here. Hanging baskets are very popular here, more so in the spring and early summer. By this time of year very few are still hanging on (haha) due to the heat.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes - "hanging on"! I get it. You should have been a stand up comedienne Jennifer!
      P.S. When did Mary change her name to Marie? I guess she prefers that Frechified version.

      Delete
    2. I was typing on my phone and autocorrect turned Mary into Marie for some mysterious reason!

      Delete
    3. I wonder what autocorrect would turn Jennifer into? Possibly an anti-vaxxer!

      Delete
  10. I'll recognise your door from the hanging basket of Babylon.
    At Xmas ye'll have a holly ring and a wee electric Santa in the garden.
    I'll be round on Boxing Day for a bit of cold goose and a glass of Dom Perignon.

    I'll bring a Rattle for Phoebe (can ye still get Rattles?), a box of Black Magic for Shirley and a used Clancy Brothers L.P. for yourself. It's a wee bit scratchy on Jug of Punch, but just give the gramophone a kick, till ye get to The Croppy Boy.

    Only 132 shopping days till Christmas and I still haven't bought anything for Boris Shagger and his squeeze.
    Useful suggestions welcome. Nothing Dirty as we say in Glasgow.
    Haggerty

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. For your hero - Boris Shagger - may I suggest a comb? Failing that, a plastic floral shower cap to hide his unruly mop.

      Delete
    2. I have written some of his gags but I wouldn't call Boris a hero.
      Stanley Matthews, Alf Ramsay, Bill Shankly, Brian Clough were heroes.
      I'll pass on the idea of the floral shower cap: it might make a nice photo call, if we can get Wee Wilfred into the bath + a plastic duck.

      Be more like Ken Dodd I tell Boris when I give him media lessons.
      I'd call Ken Dodd a hero, and Tommy Cooper, and Frankie Howard.
      My mother said Arthur Askey was vulgar. He once caused a riot in Manchester.
      Haggerty

      Delete
    3. Arthur Askey? I am pretty sure he used to be on "Crackerjack" but that might have been Robbie Coltrane.

      Delete
  11. Very popular here, too; my Mum has several on her balcony. As I live in a house with three flats, the front door is not actually mine, and so I am not decorating the space that the three floors share.
    In Ripon, The Water Rat is a pub on the bankmof the river Ure, and it used to be famous for its beautiful hanging baskets, I wonder what it looks like these days.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No doubt still lovely and waiting for the German sisters to come back!

      Delete
  12. When we lived in the UK I always had hanging baskets - both at the front and back of the house. It's too hot here for baskets, they dry out too quickly and the plants, although the same as the ones available in the UK, grow to mammoth proportions in a matter of weeks, so the basket looks like an overgrown flowerbed!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh good heavens! One would not want an overgrown flowerbed hanging from one's basket. Have you considered hanging cacti?

      Delete
  13. Sorry YP, I really should have complimented Shirley on her excellent choice of flowers - the basket looks very attractive, so fresh and colourful.

    ReplyDelete
  14. That's still a healthy-looking hanging basket! I've never done a mixed-plant basket like that one. I usually just put a bunch of one kind of plant in a single basket. Maybe that's the American style? (And I am a man who is VERY enthusiastic about flowers and flowering plants, just FYI. :) )

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Good heavens! You are enthusiastic about flowers? What a surprise!

      Delete
  15. I've killed every hanging basket I've tried to grow. They need SO much water!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Have you been charged over those murders Margaret?

      Delete
  16. I don't have a hanging basket but I do have have three very large pots that I hang on the wall by my front front door. I don't water them everyday but I sure know when they're thirsty as they look as though they're on their last legs. It's amazing how a little drop of water will revive them quickly.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Is your front front door the same as your front back door? I bet those pots look lovely just now.

      Delete
  17. I don't know where it came from. Our little town of Bonners Ferry has hanging basket though out the town.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Bonners Ferry looks like a nice town Dora. I just spun around there with the help of Google Streetview.

      Delete
  18. It is a pretty hanging basket, I gave them up what with all the watering and then that one fateful day when the water from the can snaked down my arm drenching me.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anybody watching would have had a good laugh that fateful day.

      Delete
  19. Hanging baskets are very popular here too. That's a lovely one; Shirley knows what she's doing. You should be thrilled she allows you to water it :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is very rare that I get to water it Jenny.

      Delete
    2. Well then, Shirley REALLY knows what she's doing, ha ha

      Delete

Mr Pudding welcomes all genuine comments - even those with which he disagrees. However, puerile or abusive comments from anonymous contributors will continue to be given the short shrift they deserve. Any spam comments that get through Google/Blogger defences will also be quickly deleted.

Most Visits