Plant pot idea is simply the breast

BUST IN SHOW: Jill Thomas is using bras to display melon plants as part of Deeping St James' entry in East Midland in Bloom.
BUST IN SHOW: Jill Thomas is using bras to display melon plants as part of Deeping St James' entry in East Midland in Bloom.
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A WACKY gardener is hoping she will be “bust in show” at a horticulture competition – by impressing judges with her bra-zen plant containers.

Cheeky Jill Thomas struck on the idea of using bras as hanging baskets after organisers of the East Midlands in Bloom contest challenged a village to put forward unusual containers.

And Jill, from Frognall, Deeping St James, is keen to keep abreast of the pack – by aptly choosing to grow melons in the bra cups.

It will be the first time Deeping St James has entered the prestigious contest and the community has rallied behind it, proving they are potty about gardening.

But although Jill (42) wants to raise a titter with her novel plant pots, she is also keen to send out a serious message.

Fruity flower fan Jill, who owns Tinkers’ salon in Market Deeping, said: “I have this fixation that women should have excellent fitting bras.

“I also wanted to send a message out that people should check their breasts because of the risk of breast cancer.

“I’m a hairdresser and I deal with lots of ladies who have had breast cancer and have gone through chemotherapy. We make sure they have the most perfect wigs.”

The pair of bras, which Jill has hung outside her house, have already caused quite a storm in a 34G cup in the village.

She said: “People stop outside the house and talk about them.

“They said they loved them and said they wished they had had the idea.”

Since Deeping St James parish councillor Judy Stevens dropped leaflets through residents’ doors inviting them to plant unusual containers in their front gardens, she has been inundated with pictures of weird and wonderful holders, including barbecues and horse troughs.

She said: “We have had lots of intriguing ones come through.

“The village prides itself on a high standard of gardening.

“It has really shown this entry really is a community-led project.”

Jill, who is celebrating the news that her son Robert graduated from Cambridge with a double first in quantum physics, said: “Judy Stevens is a great friend of mine and she has worked so hard getting the village ready for the competition.

“It has brought the whole community together in Deeping St James.

“I’m renowned for being a little bit wacky and she would have been disappointed if I hadn’t come up with a very unusual container.”

The winner of the challenge will be announced during the Rose and Sweet Pea Show to be held at the Deeping St James Priory Church garden on Saturday.


ORGANISER Judy Stevens said the competition had received an array of entries for the unusual container category, standing the village in good stead for its East Midlands In Bloom debut.

She said: “We have had more than 70 entries already and still counting.

“It certainly does seem to have triggered the imagination, and we have had containers planted in objects as diverse as a bone bird’s nest, a wine cooler and perhaps most unlikely of all, a sofa down at Prentices Recycling Yard.”

All age-groups have been bitten by the planting bug with Cubs planting their sweet peas in sweet jars.

Judging is due to take place on Friday evening, when Lady Cholmeley from Easton Walled Gardens will select the best children’s entry, the best entry from a local business and a best individual prize.