A Little Potty!

Blue Pot Flowers 1

Haiku 247

Day by day by day

Keeping busy in Lockdown

By going potty!


During our endless Lockdown, apart from the usual chores, I have kept busy by reading many books, watching far too much Netflix than is good for me and spending the rest of the time on YouTube clips!

It was while surfing YouTube that I came across a short clip on brightening up your garden pots, with a little spray paint. I thought this was a great idea! All the plant pots on my stoep are years old, and the ones that came with the house, decades! These have lost their original paint over the years and were looking very sorry for themselves.

So I trundled down to the local hardware store and selected a few cans of spray paint. I’ve never painted anything with spray paint before, having used paintbrushes or rollers to paint the house in the past. I thought it would be a lot of fun, and as the plant pots are small, not too expensive.

Blue Pot Clean 2

The two pots above are the ancient ones that came with the house. Although looking very sorry for themselves now, they are painted, so wouldn’t need a primer.

Not sure how to go about cleaning them, I scrubbed them very well with a solution of sugar soap, rinsed them and left them to dry.

Then came the fun part!

Blue Pot First Coat 3

Wearing a proper, well-fitting face mask, to avoid breathing in paint fumes, I placed the pots on newspaper and sprayed away.

Blue Pot Second Coat 4

Again, not really sure what I was doing, I just laid down a thin layer of paint, thinking it would be better to build up a few layers than try to spray thickly.

Blue Pot Third Coat and Soil 5

This colour is Electric Blue and I wondered if it might be too bright. However, once I’d placed the pots on the corner of the stoep and filled them with a red dianthus and some lilac violas, it was just right.

Blue Pot Flowers 6

I also planted many new freesia bulbs and have been watching these sprout over the weeks. They should start flowering in August.

Blue Pot Flowers 7

So a hobby started to pass the time has provided many hours of enjoyment and I still feel cheered when I see my bright Electric Blue pots on the stoep.


post script: I realise some countries will immediately assume potty refers to a child going to the toilet! Where I grew up in the north of England, it meant silly, daft or slightly crazy.Β 


21 thoughts on “A Little Potty!

  1. A Curious Introvert

    Enjoyed your beautiful electric blue pots and laughing at your wonderful Haiku!! I’ve finally reached the point where I’m not watching as much Netflix, but am still enjoying reading and buying too many books. Lovely flowers and wonderful new hobby!

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  2. Garfield Hug

    Nice electric blue that brightens your place. Next try reds…fire engine red and sunny yellow. Voila you have a galaxy of gorgeous brights with plants growing in them.πŸ˜†

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you πŸ˜€
      Yes, I do love the bright blue.
      I did paint other colours, but it takes a long time to process all the photos, so that is for another post! πŸ˜€

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  3. Murphy's Law

    Hahahah!! Great Haiku! Yes, my first thought was, “Where is she going with this?” I was not aware of your definition of ‘potty’. This is too funny. πŸ€—πŸ€—

    I’m glad you discovered the world of spray paint. Not good for everything, but flower pots along with many doodads we put in our gardens it’s perfect. The pots you sprayed now look brand new and the vibrant color just compliments your beautiful flowers.

    Great job. You will find it gets infectious to spray things for your yard. Have fun!

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      hehe I try to keep my titles interesting! πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much πŸ˜€
      Yes, I sprayed many pots, and then some other things, before I thought I better put the cans away, or else the whole garden would be brightly coloured! πŸ˜€


  4. quiall

    Ha Hah! I am aware of both meetings to that word so my mind to do a bit of a flip-flop. I was intrigued. And I am stunned by how beautiful those pots look! You could not have chosen a better colour on purpose. Kudos!

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  5. ladysighs

    If we might could say there was one thing good about the virus lock-down (and I’m not saying there is), it would be the creative ways we found to occupy our time.
    You found something! And the result is lovely. And the telling of it too. πŸ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you so much πŸ˜€
      Yes, I try to find the ‘silver lining’ to any situation.
      Lockdown has made me slow down and simply sit – out in the garden listening to the birds. It is good for the soul. πŸ˜€

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