Chimney Pots, Pansy and Mystery Object

01 Jun

1    It’s the 1st of June and there should be no more frosts! I’m planting up my chimney pots to add bits of colour all over the garden.

Chimney by a raised bed

Chimney by a raised bed

Tall chimney planted with scented flowers

Tall chimney planted with scented flowers

2   This beautiful Pansy is waiting to be planted tomorrow.

Pansy ready for planting

Pansy ready for planting

3    I bought this intriguing little thing many years ago.   It’s a very small brass case, about 1″x1/2″. In it are two tiny double hooks. Any ideas about its use?

Mystery object

Mystery object

Inside the tiny brass case

Inside the tiny brass case

For Noeleen who asked what a rhubarb forcer is. As soon as the new rhubarb shoots are seen in the Spring, we put this terracotta ‘chimney’ over it and pop the lid on. The dark makes the rhubarb grow up to the top and it remains thin, sweet and pale pink. Later in the season we let the rhubarb do its own thing and just grow!  See here for a delicious rhubarb pudding!

Rhubarb forcer

Rhubarb forcer


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18 responses to “Chimney Pots, Pansy and Mystery Object

  1. coyotero2112

    June 2, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Love the chimney pots…must be an English thing – never seen them before. Your mystery object, I have, since I’m so old. It’s a test model for the first flash drives.

  2. ladysighs

    June 2, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I love the faces on pansies.
    I think I could even raise pansies. They seem to grow without any help. 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 7, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      I love pansies but I’m afraid I don’t seem able to grow them for ever. Mine seem to die all too soon. Perhaps they like more water than I give them! 🙂

  3. Don

    June 2, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I have wracked and stretched my brain and i must confess that I don’t know what it is. The suspense is killing me.

  4. shazzagirl70

    June 2, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Oh I love the purple pansy! Gorgeous!

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 2, 2013 at 7:57 am

      Thank you! I caught it again this morning with the early sun shining through! I shall have to plant it where that can happen again. Thanks for calling in. Hope you are okay… 🙂

      • shazzagirl70

        June 3, 2013 at 7:14 am

        Thanks for asking Sally, I have had a few relatively good days in a row, that hasn’t happened since Christmas…it does wonders for you! I hope everything is good with you too xx

  5. terrytrekker

    June 2, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Remarkable pics! Great photographer!

  6. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    June 1, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    they are calipers…Why do I know that???…My husband is a mechanic by trade and have seen them…Measuring instruments…

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 10, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      I’ve posted up the answer today but I think it’s much more likely that you are right. 🙂

  7. Choc Chip Uru

    June 1, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Those pots look wonderful my friend 😀
    I love the flowers in them, they really look good!


  8. Colline

    June 1, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    The potted flowers are beautiful.

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 10, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      Thank you! I’m pleased with how they are turning out. 🙂


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