Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Pretty pots.

Hello, just popping in while I have my after lunch coffee. Egg and beans on toast today. Someone asked about using emulsion paint on outdoor projects, does it wash off in the rain. It seems to work ok with me. I painted these two pots this morning, one is plastic, one terracotta. I last did them a year ago, they were a bit faded with the sun, and had a few scratches where I moved them about. They will be ok for another year now, I have repainted them in the same colour. 
One thing I would say is that if you are painting over a pot which was previously finished in gloss paint, it might not cover it very well, and might flake off. Here I have used Crown flat matt emulsion, shade Euphoria. 

I have to go to the vets now to pick up Heidi's tablets, so I'll say tattybyes and catch ya later.

18 comments:

  1. If you have a problem with the paint staying on something previously painted, try rubbing over the surface with sandpaper. It "breaks the bond" as my husband always says and the paint will adhere properly.

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    1. Thank you, that's a good tip.

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    2. thanks for the heads-up on this - am sure i've got a piece of sandpaper somewhere. i love sharing knowledge like this!

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    3. Thanks for that tip Mary.I have been trying to paint some brick pots in my garden that are over 100 years old!.I think that they were last painted about 40 years ago and however much I tried...they just looked a mess!.I had tried getting the old flaking paint off with an old bit of cloth...Why didnt I think of sandpaper!!!.I ended up wasting paint and getting ....errrrm,slightly angry,lol.Now I know what to do!xx

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  2. Magenta. My all time favourite colour.

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  3. Yes . .. beautiful colour x

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  4. Your garden will really make people smile on the tour - the colours are so lovely and bright. You have done a fantastic job.

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  5. This is the same colour I painted one of my big pots,its so pretty and looks really nice.Your garden must be looking so colourful now Ilona.What is the plant in the top picture?.Im not that great at knowing what different plants are!.I sat in my little garden,thats at the front of my house yesterday bearing in mind that Ive lived here over 40 years.I suddenly noticed that it has loads of lilac looking flowers on it in the summer...it isnt lilac though...but in the winter it is covered in bright red berries.Not one berry on it in the summer,yet full of them winter time!.Its took me 40 years to notice this!.Its funny,but as you get older..you notice things more!I also noticed that youd written Tattybyes instead of Toddlepip at the end of your post...That made me smile cause one reminded me of Ken Dodd and the other reminded me of my lovely Uncle,who always used to say Toodlepip to us kids as we left his house!.Thanks for giving me this memory!.The sun is shining bright here in Leicester today,so Im going to crack on and get things done.Because my cat has been ill,it was an abcess on his leg,Ive neglected things over the last few days just sitting and comforting him.But thankfully he is well on the way to recovery now,so Im going to catch up with what needs doing.Have a lovely day everyone!xx

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    1. Can't give you a name for that plant, but I have others like it that have grown really big. This one is a bit scrawny, it would do better in the ground.

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    2. Hope you don't mind Ilona, but I would just like to say to Debi that I'm glad to hear that the cat is on the mend. I began to worry that he might have a damaged pelvis. An abcess is extremely painful but treatable, I'm relieved it was nothing worse. Hugs to the kitty.
      Interesting plant Ilona, what size are the berries and do they go orange? It looks familiar but I can't bring it to mind at the moment.

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    3. Berries? It doesn't have berries. They are Christmas baubles.

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    4. Oops ! Something of a red herring there.:-) No wonder it looked familiar Ilona, I have several in my garden, minus the balls! Should anyone want to know, it is one of the evergreen types of Euonymus.

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  6. Hi Ilona,I know what you mean with things growing better in the ground,but the blooming slugs in my garden seem to like feasting on certain plants!My sunflowers are in a pot thats on a table..but i still kept seeing leaves that were eaten...Then this morning,I found a yellow with black spots,ladybird having its breakfast on the leaves! So thats the culprit!...And Jean,thank you for your message.The vet was very quick and sorted it without too much trauma!,xx

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    1. I doubt that the ladybird was the culprit Debi, since except for a few of the rarer species, they eat aphids. Ladybirds are the gardener's friend, eating greenfly which are a plant pest.
      Slugs and snails love sunflowers some creeping out after dark to do their worst. Earwigs also eat leaves and one more culprit is the weevil, a flightless beetle which lays eggs in the compost, which then hatch into white grubs, these eat some of the roots, later surfacing as the adult to eat the leaves.

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    2. Hi again Jean,and thanks Ilona for letting us share this information.It was a ladybird typey thing,lol,but yellow n black spots..so i gave him or her...the verdict..Guilty!.In fact,I nearly gave it some brown sauce to go with it cause it was still there an hour later!.....But the other things you have mentioned..Although I get slugs and snails,this sunflower plant is very high up,on a table...Ive never seen any earwigs in my garden....But..when you mention weevils...I have in the last couple of years,put outdated dried stuff,porridge ect,in my compost.Which I now use.Could they have formed in this? ,Im wondering now.Cause dont they form in very outdated dry food?...By the way,this never ever happens now..Im too frugal for this!xx

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    3. I've lots of those insects here too Debi-I thought they were young ladybirds.They are in the house too and mosquitos x

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    4. No Debi, the things you find in outdated porridge and flour are different and tiny. These are called Vine Weevils and are a beetle, thinner and smaller than a Black Beetle which is no problem and can fly. Have a google for pictures if you can. Also, earwigs love climbing. Thanks for printing these Ilona, your lovely garden and painting posts bring up lots of interest. Wish I was close enough to see your open garden. You really have a flair for colour, be it outdoors or in your art works.

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  7. thanks for this! my boring old dark brown garden table & chairs is now going to become a zingy aqua - a 'skip-find' of leftover emulsion - when it stops raining so i can paint them...

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