There is a lovely lady called Annie who has a craft/gardening business in York called Softpots. I found her quite by accident late last year, one wintery evening, as we were walking through Stonegate. Her business is in a tiny little alleyway, sandwiched between other shops, and here I discovered a miniature wonderland of plants, fairy lights and sculpture. I was instantly hooked.
Doesn't this look so inviting? I had to find out more!
At the end of this alley, Annie was busy potting up plants in her own unique way - you will have to look at her Website to find out exactly what she does, and how she pots up her plants, it's a secret method!
I was so intrigued, I bought a little booklet from her, explaining the process.
Fast forward a few months to last week and another trip to York. I decided I really wanted to have a 30-minute training session, to learn more about creating Softpots, so while the rest of the family went to look at nearby York Minster, I had my training session, and made my own softpot under Annie's tuition. Here is my finished work of art.
Doesn't it look pretty and unusual? The colours come from sisal and gold threads and sequins - I love sequins!
I love this process, because I am not a gardener, although I do try, and so I have little rockeries in my front and back gardens, covered in blue slate, with lots of little pots of plants everywhere. I really like the idea of introducing a few softpots into the garden, to give it a different dimension, a different medium.
Here is a little video, showing lots of the things you can make with softpots, I can't wait to make some more!