Plant pot idea is sim­ply the breast

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By ASHA ME­HTA

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.

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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