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B&Q Flower Pot Terracotta
Member Name: IzzyInTheHouse
B&Q Flower Pot Terracotta
Date: 15/04/12, updated on 15/04/12 (34 review reads)
Advantages: Looks nice, different sizes avalible, cheap and more!
Disadvantages: Don't leave them outside!
Now the kids have grown up a bit and they aren't falling over and hitting themselves on anything they can see in the garden (literally!), me and my other half have started to take a bit more of an interest in our garden. Before it was kind of pointless because a plant pot would either be smashed, or there would be toys spread around everywhere, pretty much ruining the look, if you know what I mean! But as the garden is a bit more useable know, about a year and a bit ago I went out on a search for some cheap, but decent plant pots. Where was my first stop? No where else but the legendary B&Q of course! After getting lost in their never ending isles I eventually came to the plant pots! And as we were on a bit of a budget, I thought that this own brand terracotta pot would definitely be worth it! Here are the prices and the pot sizes, starting with the smallest and getting bigger.
9cm - 50p
15cm - 75p
19cm - £1.25
23 cm - £1.50
29cm - £4.50
37cm - £7.50
We brought five 50p pots, and a couple of £1.50 pots. Five little ones to scatter around a make the garden a bit prettier, and two bigger pots to grow something bigger in. As I have listed above, they have loads of different sizes and they are all very decent, cheap prices. All together we only spent a fiver for 7 pots. A good investment and even if they only lasted 6 months, it wouldn't exactly cost much to replace them!
Once we had got them in the car (not the easiest task when it is just me and my 11 year old!) and arrived home I could already see that they would tie in very nicely. We set the two bigger pots next to each other and dotted the smaller ones around on the soil and pavement. I didn't dare put one on the grass in case the dog peed in it! But even without plants in, they actually looked pretty nice scattered around and gave you something to look at when you went out into the garden. Their simple design also added to the look. A nice and plain fold at the top like most pots for grip. And also two strips of three lines of risen ribbing. The ribbing is also nice because although it is very under stated it really does have a big effect and I think it is must nicer than a plain brown pot. Barely noticeable when quite far away, but a really nice touch once you get up closer too the pot.
After we had gone and brought some plants, we started potting them which was also very easy. If you are worried about the drainage of the water and that your beloved plant might drown, then I can also tell you that there is a big hole in the bottom especially for that purpose. Great for draining, not so great when you have soil in it and have to pick it up to move it! So there is one tip from me, pot the plant *exactly* where you want it to stay! Unless you want a big soil mess all over the floor I guess. If you do, I would say you do have some serious problems and I would say you need a trip to the doctors!
Once we had potted everything, the garden did look really nice and the natural looking pots and bright flowers matched very nicely indeed. They lasted through the summer really well and with regular watering, kept the flowers nice and healthy. I was really impressed as they dealt with blazing hot sun (not that that did happen that often! Ah the great British summer!), the pretty much torrential rain and the normal mild days. Altogether things were going rather well! Then for the poor pots, the most dreaded weather came... Snow! Sadly, only my two big pots actually made it through the harsh winter we had thrown on us :( But I will admit I didn't expect that much as the little ones were only 50p and that snow really was harsh! I think what happened was the snow seeped into them and gradually froze the pot and cracked it. All I know is that all the small pots have some pretty big cracks between them. I think the only thing holding them together was the frost!
So what would I say about these Terracotta pots? Why did I give them 4 out of 5 stars if they cracked?! Well, I really would recommend these if you want to give your garden a bit of a makeover, but you are on a budget. Then again, even if you are not on a budget I would still recommend these! They aren't the best quality ever, but I can bet you a more expensive one would have cracked in that harsh snow as well. And I gave them four out of five stars for that exact reason too. B&Q have thought about this product and really have put some effort into making it the best it can be without getting too expensive. It's easy too use, has a good drainage system and really does what it says it does. It doesn't claim too be amazing, and it isn't that perfect. I can say that the pick Ciao have posted doesn't really do it justice either. From that it looks really shallow and you would think as it gets thinner the closer to the bottom you get, it would be really tiny at the bottom. However, I think it is actually pretty good sized. Though I am not actually sure what size they have in the picture.
So yes, I would recommend as they are great value. Even if you are struggling with money, they are a great addition to any garden and well worth the little amount you have too spend out. I think they would also be a good gift if you know someone who enjoys gardening. If you were too give this as a gift then you could get quite a few for say a tenner and I think they would be very grateful for it! An amazing, little pot!
Thanks for reading! :) Please comment and rate all you like as well! :)
*Also Posted on Ciao under the same name*
Summary: A great gift to give or recieve for anyone!