Behind The Scenes

video set up
What was I thinking?! Back on a cozy winters evening, glass of wine in hand, it seemed such a good idea. Let’s film a short online workshop to help people get creative with their spring containers,” I said. My long suffering husband (aka roadie, book sales assistant, pot mover, and videographer) readily agreed. After all, spring conjures up images of sunshine and daffodils doesn’t it? What could possibly go wrong? Plan A was to refresh one partially planted container and to do one from scratch. That idea got nixed pretty quickly when two feet of snow buried the Seattle area – containers and all – for weeks. So we went with Plan B ; do TWO containers from scratch. No problem. Except….. It’s COLD! I mean sub-zero cold. We still have snow and ice on the ground.  Not ideal for planting containers outside.
filming container planting in winter

Three cameras, fill lights, audio set up, diffuser (old sheet) – and tissues for a runny nose!!

Some of the challenges included:

  • Frozen potting soil i.e. chip a hole to plant anything
  • Drippy nose in cold weather (SO becoming…..)
  • Having to bundle up like a snowman – but still function
  • Trying to smile when your blue lips are iced together
  • Loosening plant roots when you can’t feel your fingers
Just as well I don’t take myself too seriously.

See for Yourself:

Despite all of the above we somehow managed to capture what we needed and I’m really happy with the finished results. You can watch the container planting demonstrations, get the planting plans, learn tips for cold-weather designs, and discover how to transform those winter-weary pots into vessels that celebrate the season using budget-friendly ideas in my latest online course:

Creative Container Designs for Spring.

My newsletter subscribers always get preferential pricing on these online courses. If you don’t already receive these you can sign up today for a free gift and ensure your spot when this course goes live next week. Hopefully I’ll have thawed out by then!

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Behind The Scenes

video set up

What was I thinking?! Back on a cozy winters evening, glass of wine in hand, it seemed such a good idea. “Let’s film a short online workshop to help people get creative with their spring containers,” I said. My long suffering husband (aka roadie, book sales assistant, pot mover, and videographer) readily agreed. After all,…
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Heart-shaped, golden leaves of a katsura tree in fall

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