How to make a galvanized garden tipsy pot!
Annie Grossart-Steen has ‘upped the ante’ with her galvanized ‘tipsy pots’ and has added water flowing from the middle tub pouring into a little stream that flows into her pond. Galvanized tubs containers, combined with ‘tipsy pots’ is a genius idea and two of our favorite things at Flea Market Gardening!
What is her secret?
First of all, inspiration from another FMGer, Jeanne Sammons who posted her galvanized tipsy pots last year here on Flea Market Gardening. Annie says, “Here is my friend Jeanne Sammons ‘tipsy bucket planter… Isn’t it beautiful?”
Annie Steen says, “I put mine at the top of the waterfall of the pond, with clematis growing in the back…I have no idea whats going in them yet, but I have a few weeks to think about it. Thanks for the wonderful Idea!”
“The rod I used is a 1″ electric conduit steel pipe. I drilled holes in the buckets, ran a pipe through the bottom tub into the ground and stacked the buckets. The buckets are screwed to the center rod, and that rod goes through the bottom tub about 2 feet into the ground.”
Annie used a galvanized watering can, a coal bucket, two medium sized tubs and a large wash tub, drilling drainage holes in the bottoms. Galvanized is a term used when steel or iron has been coated with zinc to prevent rusting, and it’s just fine to plant in!
For terracotta tipsy pots, a rebar or other thin pipe is pounded into the ground about a foot, then the pots are threaded and tipped this way and that onto the bar. Soil is added and flowers planted. Push the bar down into the top pot so it doesn’t show!
“This sits right at the top of the waterfall of the pond, and I ran a hose up to the coal bucket and the water pours right back into the pond. Can’t wait to see it planted with the water spilling over….am I crazy or what…?” Annie asks.
Ann Elias also saw Jeanne’s idea and acquired the ‘raw materials’ needed. She says, “After seeing the photo of Jeanne Sammons tipsy bucket planter…I had to go check out my stash in the backyard by the fence which I placed there last year.”
“I got these from my Mother-in-laws garage when getting her house ready for an estate sale. I have a watering can somewhere in the garage. I can’t wait to make one and plant it…and then bring my mother-in-law over to see what I did with her treasures. THANKS so much to everyone here for all the inspiration!” Ann says.
Thanks especially to Jeanne and Annie. You’ll inspire many to do this project. ~~ Sue
Annie says, “I decided to switch up my tipsy buckets this year, and use the watering can for the water feature. I planted million bells…I have a hard time killing them! The clematis on the fence is just waiting for a sunny day to show their pretty blooms~
I need to find a sprinkler head to go on the watering can…I think that would look neat!”
More from Annie:
See Annie’s entire garden tour, Meeting Annie Steen
Annie’s shop: Tips from the Workshop