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Make your Butt look great

Hi all, I have acquired three 45 gallon plastic barrels, great for water barrels, to get the taps fitted I had to cut of the lids and they work great, however I noticed along with birds drinking when full (they would not go into the barrel when the water was  lower) lots of insects, it seemed they had become a mosquito attraction.  My garden isn't big enough to have a pond and I have toyed with these small water barrel gardens, so I thought could I combine the two.  I found a 55 inch pot would fit over these water butts perfectly, although a little deep, I drilled holes just over the lip in the pot to allow water to drain out into the butt, so far I have got three different water Iris, Louisiana,  (Black Gamecock, Ann Chowning),  pseudacorus (yellow flag) x3 Lythrum salicaria Robert (Loosestrife), x3 Myosotis scorpioides (water forget me not) and some water mint in each pot and all looking good at present.  These were selected based on the choice at my local garden centre so if any one has any suggestions for a better mix, or some plants that would happily hang down to help cover the barrel or is it worth fixing some small half circle trough to the side for soil based hanging plants.  Also is it worth adding a small pump or just some oxygenating plants at present the water is crystal clear even after todays rain, the breeze is moving the plants and the smell of mint is in the air and the forget me not's are flowering.  I have deliberately left some brick above the water line to give birds something to stand on and try and attract more.  I think my  butts look great has any one got any other ideas for a great looking butt.

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Last edited: 15 July 2017 11:51:39


  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,040

    Looking good Keith what a good idea. My butt doesn't look half as good as yours.image

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,427

    looks really lovelly, I do a workout by American trainer to lots of stars to keep my butt looking great!

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,051

    Watch out for the yellow flag. I've spent days pulling masses of it from our lake. It's an invasive thug. IMHO

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,427

    Doghouse, I am a tight size 10 thank you, no controll pants needed. Watch out for yellow flag, are we about to be invaded then LOL

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,427

    I was wondering what country uses a yellow flg LOLseriously we had 2 water butts outside our kitchen window which I hated looking at one bright pea green, posted on here last year anyone got any thought for disguising them a bit. One ran off the bungalow and the other off the  conservaotry, now we have new roof with box gutter, because of the position of the drain, side gate, there isnt room for them there, dont worry folks they are going on the shed.

  • MarineliliumMarinelilium Posts: 213

    Check out this butt!image


  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,427

    ooooh, very nice!  I shall get my daughter to take a pic, maybe we should have a "rear of the year" on this forum"=!!!

  • MarineliliumMarinelilium Posts: 213

    The painted butt Nanny Beach! Hehehe!

    Not as clever, or pretty, as Keith199's fab idea. Will see if I can find a way to do the same with aquatics and marginals. I suspect finding a tray that is right circumference and can take the weight without sagging (don't say it Nanny Beach) will be the challenge. Inspirational Keith199!


  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,427

    As if!! What do you mean, I saw an idea recently, for the top of a (water) butt, not a  water feature but the living roof stuff, a small size I imagine quite lightweight, looked like a clever idea.I didnt even SEE the water butt!!!

  • keith199keith199 Posts: 5

    Thanks for coments, I will keep an eye on the yellow flag but it shoudl be ok in this small area, I will be trying to get some of the planting levels adjusted at present I have just thrownsome block in there but I now have a cutter and can trim them down to get a better fit and some plants need repoting already.  Im still looking for advcie so check out my new post Climber or Trailers, living walls/fence covering/hedges that look good in winter and summer.

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