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  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 10,813
    I've somewhere seen a picture of a coiled chain in the shape of a ball which hid a water pump inside it. The water flowed out of the top and trickled down the outside of the chains. Looked fantastic.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    A chain swing would be amazing. No idea how you build a strong enough structure to support it, though.
  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    That sounds a terrific use for chain Lizzie27 and it just so happens that I have a spare pond pump.  
    I like the swing idea too Fire but would need a lighter chain than the two that I have. 
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • WonkyWombleWonkyWomble Posts: 4,376
    edited January 2022
    I've seen Charlie Dimmock use a chain to guide water instead of a drain pipe. It makes a beautiful sound,  she had it going into a water feature. 
  • LG_LG_ Posts: 4,063
    edited January 2022
    Yes, that's a rain chain. Lots and lots of ideas for options on Pinterest.
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    Well I never. How novel and I've never heard of those. 
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    I acquired this, this afternoon - well, I couldn't say no could I? It's a terracotta drainage pipe. It's about 26 - 28ins tall.
    I could stand it on its end and put a trailing plant in it but that doesn't seem very imaginative. Comments and ideas are appreciated, please.

    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • Jenny_AsterJenny_Aster Posts: 635
    edited January 2022
    This is a challenge @Uff

    • Bury it upright in the same hole as a tree you're planting. Then you can water the tree's roots by filling up the pipe with water.
    • Stick pretty beads, shells, stones, or even wallpaper on it, then use it as a pretty umbrella/stick stand.
    • Use it help force a prize giant leak.
    • Stick a light inside of it, it would make a nice garden uplighter.
    • Use it as a plinth for a pretty pot plant, or sculpture, or even a bird bath.
    • Put hot barbeque coals in it, then bung both ends with a lump of turf and use it as a footwarmer for chilly evenings while eating al fresco.

    Trying to be the person my dog thinks I am! 
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    I have a few similar sized chimney pots. I use them to support moveable shelves, to give a bit of space away from slugs. I use it as a kind of nursery for smaller plants that need some tlc.

    I do also put pots in the top of mine also.

    I have been wondering about them as 'baseless pots' to put a tree in to give extra, instant height.

    You could put it on its side and, with some alterations, use it as a hedgehog / bumble bee / frog / newt or toad house.

    Use it as the base for a willow sculpture. Soak long rods and put the put them in the terracotta. The weave the tops. Weave around the pot.

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