Well, most of my plants love to bask in the sun all afternoon. Problem is the sun is positioned on the other side of the deck in the afternoon. So, when I happen to catch the nice weather person on TV blathering on and on about afternoon thunderstorms and torrential rains, my eyes begin to glaze over. All I can see are my flowerpots filled with nothing but obliterated flowers, broken stems, and sprawling, flattened leaves. I must save them ... even the smaller flowerpots tucked into the far corners of the deck unaware of the impending monsoon!
Since I have shelves built into the corners of my deck, some short pots slide easily underneath a shelf and stay protected from the elements. My young seedlings and newly started seedlings, whether destined for a spot on a shelf or planted out in a garden later in the season, can temporarily weather any storm in relative safety.
On the other hand, tall seedlings in short pots can present a challenge. And so can a tall tee-pee trellis made from skinny branches. Got to be creative in a pinch. Ta-Da! A large, light-weight flowerpot makes a handy umbrella when carefully balanced on the branches.
And how's this for another balancing act? A small trellis, a self-watering pot saucer, and two decent sized rocks will provide a quick make-shift shelter for a flowerpot threatened by the ravages of wind and rain. Oh, there are 2 rocks. The other rock is on top of the saucer, but you can't see it because of the angle.
In photo #2, you probably didn't notice this plant on the lower left side. Another case of improvising, although it doesn't have anything to do with thunderstorms or rain. The plant is catnip. I needed to make it cat-proof ... fast. I had some left-over plastic deer fencing I could use to cover the plant with, but I needed something to fasten it in place. I was all out of plastic ties. Then I remembered I had some cheap, dollar store clothespins that I had used in the past for some craft project. Not very attractive I must admit, but hey! It does the trick in a pinch!