Every summer, I buy hanging baskets for the hooks on our front porch. I usually get yellow flowers because they’re my favourite, but I’ll do pink or purple sometimes — and yes, I refer to most flowers by colour because I can’t identify any varieties except roses, daisies and sunflowers. This is admittedly embarrassing for a woman who is named after a literal flower.
Every summer, the hanging baskets wither and die. No amount of watering seemed to keep them around for very long. We also live on top of a very windy hill, and I learned last summer that wind dries out plants as badly as not watering them.
As you may have guessed, I have a black thumb. I want hanging baskets because they’re pretty, but I have zero interest in making an effort to keep flowers alive. I’m just not a gardener, and I’m OK with that. (I’d rather be a decent cook, but I don’t think I’m ever going to be that, either.)
This summer, I thought I’d try something new. Instead of shelling out $40-ish on two hanging baskets that would soon kick the bucket (their literal plastic basket), what if I made more permanent options?
I started with the plants themselves. Artificial flowers are not cheap! I browsed many options on Amazon and eventually found a 12-pack of artificial leafy vines, each vine measuring about 2m. They were well-rated and each 12-pack was only about $13, so I ordered three.
And then …