Posted: 25/04/2013 at 07:58
I've got 6 water butts dotted round the place, including a slimline one next to the greenhouses which fills off the gh guttering. The plug ugly standard ones are away from the main part of the garden, and I have 3 'beehive' butts in there, which are ridged terracotta plastic and do look like big garden urns ( ish).
I've seen other 'decorative' ones as well, meant to look like Roman columns.
The beehive butts blend well with the rest of the terracotta pots. When I'm watering/ liquid feeding the pots I often fill a big garden trug with water, sometimes adding liquid seaweed feed. I submerge the manageable sized pots in the trug, and leave them there until bubbles have stopped rising. Then I drain them in another trug, and pour that back into the first one. I know it might sound a bit of a hassle, but there's minimal loss from water running out of the bottom of the pots, and I know they've had a good drink. I used to be concerned about the possibility of transferring pests/ diseases, but have never found it to be a problem.
I guess it takes as much effort as lugging round watering cans.