Posted: 22/06/2016 at 17:22
Fairygirl - I think I've painted my couple of pallets same-ish colour as yours. I had intended doing plant pockets copying your earlier idea (I think it was you) but discovered my pallets had horrendous sticky-out nails which I could not get out. Ended up having to just hammer them into the wood and turn the pallets to use the other clean side. Yours will work brilliantly with plants in.
So I took the very lazy option. Painted both and used one to put on the ground to cover up outside pipes and just stuck some plants on it. It means if there are plumbing issues - it can just be lifted. (We've just had a little flood further along). The second pallet with the nastiest non-removable nails, I've just wired to a bit of fencing and the plan was to have nice little planters hanging from it with colourful small plants in or little fuchsia, but I haven't got around to it yet. My colour is maybe a bit bright - but the other mad plan (in Scotland!) was to have a brazenly bright bold colour scheme to pretend it was a little Med bright spot. Bit ambitious with our weather - I thought it would be cheery! Already one of the big blue pots I planted with a young cordyline in the middle and nemesia 'Tropical' and mini 'Sunset' petunia things has gone awry. The Cordyline in one was done in with the rain and rotted in the middle and flopped. So I need to replace it with something! The second one is still upright but no doubt it will go as well.
Gardengirl: what a lovely neat planter, beautifully put together. You have a talent. I've developed a fear of the saw after sawing down a hedge a couple of weeks ago. The blade isn't sitting flush and I'm putting off trying to fix and fiddle with it. Although - that's pretty much an excuse probably for my being too lazy and not having the patience to actually 'build' something with my pallets. I'd end up with lots of sawed off sections and have none of them fit together to resemble anything remotely decent.