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Put safety first: be sure to buy lights that are safe for outdoor use, which usually means they'll have a transformer between the plug the first light of the string. The transformer converts the electricity to a lower voltage suitable for use outside, and must be positioned indoors. The wire on the 'outdoor' side of the transformer will be thin enough to pass through a window or door for a limited period, while still allowing it to close. Don't plug into outdoor sockets if the transformer will be exposed.
1Put a few crocks in the base of the pots, half fill them with compost and add a fertiliser tablet to each one.
2Plant the box cones in the centre of the pots and carefully fill around the edges with more compost.
3Plant a senecio on each side of the pots, along with a cyclamen on each corner. Fill any gaps with more compost.
4Move the containers to their final position and water them well. Try not to let the compost dry out.
5Wrap the lights around the box cones. Make sure the bulbs are evenly spaced then connect to your power supply.
24/11/2011 at 15:29
These box cones look really lovely and smart, just nice for the festive season.