Friday, March 23, 2012

Something different!!

 This is something I've been thinking of doing for some time now. Well, part of it.
Some of you might remember my rain chains from an old post back in 2008 seen here. I love these chains and brought them with us when we came south. However I have no gutters to use them with at this house. They sat in a box in the shed for nearly 3 years now and well...shame on me!
I've become a person who loves to find new uses for old things and although the chains aren't that old, they sure were calling out for a new use. (since I have no gutters!)
A few days ago, I decided to hang them under the eaves of my back porch. Then it wasn't very long before I thought that they might enjoy a little greenery within.
 I had some struggling "hens and chicks" in one of my strawberry pots and the idea clicked. I placed a few small rocks in the "tulips" of the chains, added a little dirt and the plants!
They are protected by the eaves of the roof and in full sun.
We shall see how they do!! And I'll be sure to share with you whether or not this turned out to be a good idea!

11 comments:

debsgarden said...

How cute, and very creative! But Eve, I thought rain chains were for folks without gutters, so the rain channels more gently off the eves. Which shows how little I know about rain chains!

Phillip Oliver said...

Very clever!!

Karin / Southern Meadows said...

Love your rain chain! Very creative repurpose. I hope your hen and chicks like their new home.

Eve said...

Thanks Deb! The chains replace the downspout of the gutters. They are just so much more pleasing to look at, don't you think!!!!

Thank you Phillip! I could see a set in your beautifully decorative gardens!

Thanks Karin! Me too!

Kerry Hawkins said...

Love this idea. I hope it works

Trobairitz said...

Great idea Eve. The perfect little spot for the hens and chicks.

I've seen people that hook a little pump and tubing up to a rain chain to make a fountain. Put it in a cool ceramic pot on a stand in some funky way. Sounds like a lot of work though.

Troubadour said...

I love rain chains. This is a fantastic idea, very creative and I'm looking forward to future photos of how it works out. Thanks for sharing, you need to send this into the garden magazines to win some cash and swag.

Donna B. McNicol said...

What a fun idea...let us know how it works!

Dog Trot Farm said...

Very resourceful Eve, you can check another project off your list! Hugs, Julie.

sweetdaysundertheoaks said...

Very good idea Evis! I think it will work :) Enjoy your Sunday up there on your beeutiful mountain!

BilboWaggins said...

What a brilliant idea for those little semperveriums. Most of mine rotted away last winter and I need to get some more.