Hello my name is Christl and I'm addicted to felt. This is well known among family and friends, who collect stories and send me pictures of anything felt related. A friend who had attended Stitches West called me up to tell me about some felt flower pot cozies she had seen. Seeing as I am also an avid gardener, this got my wheels turning.
Access to felt was absolutely not a problem for me. I sell felt (or technically fulled) accessories at Fiberpuppy. I have all kinds of failed projects lying around. I fondly refer to them as my Chernobyl collection. Flower pots on the other hand are in short supply at my house. My husband is a plant hoarderEvery container is in use as a holding cell for some bit of greenery he could not bear to part with.
Then it occurred to me that there is really no reason to even use a pot. The felt actually retains water making it an ideal planter. I wasn't 100% sure this would work so we started small, using succulents which tend to tolerate small containers.
We added dirt, then the plants and finished with lava rock. We then soaked them in a bucket of water. Look they actually float.
The felted containers I had were kind of odd shapes and didn't really want to stand up on their own. I tried propping them up against other plants.
Then the second brilliant part of the plan emerged. I should hang them on the fence. Not only did this keep the plants upright, it created vertical planting space.
So we'll see how these plants fare, before I go whole hog creating planting installments all over the fence. But I'm thinking I could be on to something wonderful.