Thursday, July 31, 2014

Unique Containers: Day 7 - Don't Sit on These Planters!

This is my last post on unique containers.  To date, we have looked at containers on four, two and one wheels, one that fits on your feet as well as some 'trashy' ones as well.

Today, I'd like to show you two containers that you shouldn't sit on.



I saw these two chair planters sitting in front of a gift shop in downtown Noblesville, Indiana.

The seat of these old chairs have been taken out and a planter, much like those you would use for hanging baskets were inserted into each empty seat.

This type of whimsical planting is fun and hopefully people won't make the mistake of sitting them.  

Note that in dry climates, like Arizona and other desert climates - you can do this in the cooler months of winter and spring, but not in the summer.  The roots would literally 'cook' in the hot temperatures.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of my favorite unique containers that I have encountered on my travels.

I have found a unique container of my own on a recent trip to Minnesota that I can't wait to plant in fall once the temperatures cool.  I'll be sure to share it with you!
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Unique Containers: Day 6 - These Boots Aren't Just for Walking

A couple of years ago, I visited a beautiful winery in upstate New York.

I must admit that I was more interested in the gardens that surrounded the winery than the wine itself.  

The gardens were filled with a variety of perennials and even a prickly pear cactus that thrived in despite the frigid winters.  

But, it was this unique planter that caught me eye...


These old boots were filled with hen & chicks succulents that sit amid flowering thyme.

I don't know about you, but I have never thought of an old pair of shoes as a plant container.  I must admit that I really like it, how about you?

You can see more about my visit to this beautiful garden as well as other adventures in upstate New York, here.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Unique Containers: Day 5 - Flowers on the Move

As we continue along on our week long journey of unique containers, I thought that I would share with you one that is portable.


This old wheelbarrow makes a very useful container because you can move it easily to a shady or sunny area as needed.

This antique wheelbarrow is filled with marigolds and dianthus and was located along Route 66 in the historic downtown of Williams, AZ which is a place that we spend time every summer.

This stretch of Route 66 is filled with fun and quirky examples of Americana that I shared in an earlier post.

With any container, you need drainage holes, so you would have to add some to whatever unique container you decide to plant.

Tomorrow, I'll show you a container that you may find yourself sitting on by accident.
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Unique Containers: Day 4 - Flowers On Two Wheels

Today, I have two different unique containers to show you and both are on two wheels.


This old bicycle was located in a place where bikes and horses are commonplace and cars are not.

I saw this unique container while visiting Mackinac Island earlier this summer.  The front basket was lined with moss and filled with geraniums and trailing ivy.  The side baskets were also planted too.

The bicycle was sitting in the front garden of a quaint house and I noticed that there was a hummingbird feeder on the handle.


This bicycle planter was located in front of a shop in the historic downtown area of Noblesville, Indiana, which is located just outside of Indianapolis.

When we were young, my sister had a pink bike much like this one while I had a purple one.

As you can see, I see many neat gardening ideas on my road trips.  You can read about my trip to Mackinac Island, here and my trip to Indiana, here.

Tomorrow, I will show you a portable container that has only one wheel and not two.
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