I do tend to make my mind up quickly and act upon it.
We have these two weathered concrete planters at either end of the patio steps, we must have had them getting on for fifty years.
This is one of them.
I've found this photo from last year. There's both a climbing rose and a clematis in it.
There's another planter at the other end of the steps. This one had a clematis in it, which never did much.
This morning I decided it was dead.
To be fair, the compost has only ever been topped up. So I thought I might as well get rid of the planter and the one in the photo at the same time.
I could use the larger size of the green Apta pots, like this one next to the front door.
At lunchtime, I made a trip to our nearest garden centre at Flixton. This was the one that I'd hoped to get a couple more of the 34cm ones, but in the end I had to go to Wilmslow.
The Flixton one promised to have the pots out by this week-end. But they hadn't, they did have the plastic pots I intended to use as liners, so I bought them.
I slogged over to Wimslow (all of fifteen minutes, mostly motorway) and bought the larger pots there and some compost, but I didn't think much of their clematis selection, so I went back to Flixton!
I bought a Mayleen, of which we've three others elsewhere and a Blue Angel. They'll both go in the new planter and they can "fight it out."
To transplant the rose and clematis in the planter in the photo, I'll just smash the concrete with a lump hammer. I can tidy up the root balls and add some fresh compost at the same time.
I'm hoping being in a plastic inner pot they will be better insulated from the frost late in the year.
It's raining now, so I'll get it done tomorrow morning.