Wa­ter­ing can

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

French rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies thought the hum­ble wa­ter­ing can so im­por­tant they named a month (ar­rosoir) af­ter it. Many hand­some de­signs have graced our sheds over the years, in­clud­ing the im­pos­si­bly hand­some Ver­sailles cop­per cans dili­gently col­lected by con­nois­seurs. The best types are made of gal­vanised steel and hang per­fectly bal­anced in the hand, launch­ing their el­e­gant curve of wa­ter with de­li­cious ac­cu­racy. The ad­di­tion of the rose, fac­ing up or down ac­cord­ing to cir­cum­stance, pro­duces a con­vinc­ing, if fleet­ing, lo­calised rain shower, to avoid your del­i­cate seedlings be­ing flat­tened. The sound of the can be­ing filled is a unique em­blem of sum­mer. Haws 8.8-litre Lon­greach Pro­fes­sional wa­ter­ing can, £69.99, Haws (0121–420 2494; www.haws.co.uk)

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