I was going to give the basket away until I decided that I could use it outside and plant flowers in it... the tree roots make it hard to grow flowers in this area. To add flowers, I started using the flower pots stored in the garage. I will be adding more flowers.
A tip from my sister-- She suggested that I buy bags of topsoil. Cut them open, punch holes in the bottom, add flowers in the soil then top the bag with mulch. Definitely going to try this.
This fall I will clean the basket and paint it white.