Opening Up A Can Of Roses

My love of sardines disgusts my daughters, but this they find amusing – a sardine can planter.

A mini rose plant is transplanted into a partially opened sardine can.

I picked up my mini roses in the greenhouse of a local garden shop – they were $3.99.

To create this look you'll need to release the plant from its pot, gently pull roots apart, add potting soil to can and insert plant.


  1. fee@chippernelly  May 8, 2011

    Love these!
    (love sardines too…)
    fee x

  2. TheElatha  May 8, 2011

    it’s great idea!

  3. Jo  May 8, 2011

    This is the best tutorial/idea I have seen all week, it is amazing. Hope you don’t mind if I post this on my blog? Have a great day xxx

    • camilla  May 8, 2011

      Sure – Thanks Jo! Glad you like it – take care, Camilla

  4. Alexis  May 8, 2011

    Genius! I may have to do this with anchovies 🙂

  5. Susan L  May 9, 2011

    Discovered your blog only recently and I LOVE IT!!!! Thanks for sharing your creativity.

    This project is so cute. Do you think you can keep the plant this way indefinitely? I wonder if the container is deep enough.

    • camilla  May 9, 2011

      Thanks Susan, I plan on keeping this plant in this container for about a week or so and then transferring it to a small pot outdoors. I like to do unusual plantings like this and use them as I would cut flowers in a vase; place them on a breakfast tray, windowsill, table, etc.. It’s a bit of a short-lived look – but so are cut flowers.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting – take care, Camilla

  6. susi  May 10, 2011

    It’s great idea!
    Hope you don’t mind if I post this on my blog?

    • camilla  May 10, 2011

      Susi, Thanks – go ahead – glad you like it. Take Care, C

  7. Ilídia  May 10, 2011

    Hello, Camilla
    I found your blog today and i’m loving it. I loved this ideia so much i shared it in my blog. I hope you don’t mind. I would invite you to visit it but it’s written in portuguese. Thank you and congratulations for the good work done here.

    • camilla  May 11, 2011

      Muito Obrigada Llidia!

  8. Peaches  May 11, 2011

    Hahaha! Roses in a can? You are too clever Camilla! Love the contrast of the two together. I never noticed sardine cans have such beautiful lines. I need to get me some sardines!

    • camilla  May 11, 2011

      Thanks Peaches!!! 🙂

  9. Michelle L.  May 15, 2011

    Seriously? That is just gorgeous! Beautiful pics and post!

  10. RoO  June 3, 2011

    is roses will taken root at shallow planting