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.
Chair planter in Downtown Noblesville, Indiana.
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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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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As we continue along on our week-long journey of unique containers, I thought that I would share with you one that is portable.
Marigolds and Dianthus
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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Today, I have two different unique containers to show you and both are on two wheels.
Different Unique Containers
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, hereand 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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I don’t think that the truck runs anymore, but it certainly functions as both garden art and a planter.
Tomorrow, I have two different unique planters to show you and both are planted on two wheels.
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Over the weekend, my husband and I went away for the weekend to celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary.
We had debated on where to go and decided to make the trip to southeastern Arizona. Why this area, you may ask? Well, I have lived in Arizona for 28 years and during the time, have traveled to the northwest, southwest, southern, northern, northeast and eastern regions of the state – but I had never been to the southeastern areas. Our ultimate destination was to be the former mining town of Bisbee, now a popular tourist attraction.
Along the way to Bisbee, we decided to visit Tombstone along the way. My husband had visited Tombstone when he was you, back when many boys dreamed of becoming a cowboy.
If you are a little rusty on your cowboy history, Tombstone is the place the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral took place in 1881.
The main street is blocked off to cars and is lined on either side by stores and restaurants catering to tourists.
It was an interesting mixture of historical places converted into tourist attractions.
I enjoy visiting museums, so my husband and I headed over to the old courthouse, which has been turned into a museum.
It was very interesting to learn of Tombstone’s history as a silver mining town.
The back of the courtyard was where hangings took place.
Inside, was a diorama where the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral was depicted with a detailed description of what happened.
Cowboys stood along the side of the main street of Tombstone, which added to the illusion of being taken back in time.
After visiting the attractions along the main street, we decided to stroll through the adjoining streets. There were many old buildings dating back to the late 1880’s that were still standing.
Tombstone is in zone 8a, which means that it gets down to 10 degrees in the winter months. As a result, I was interested in seeing what types of plants did well here.
Coastal Cholla (Cylindropuntia prolifera)
Prickly pears and cholla cacti were in full bloom.
Cow’s Tongue Prickly Pear (Opuntia engelmannii)
There were no lawns to be seen and most of the landscape consisted of a variety of succulents including desert spoon, hesperaloe and yucca.
Yellow Bird-of-Paradise (Caesalpinia gilliesii)
I did see a beautiful yellow bird-of-paradise, which is usually seen in high desert areas where its more cold-tender cousins red bird-of-paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) and Mexican bird-of-paradise (Caesalpinia mexicana) can struggle.
I love how the bright red stamens contrast with the yellow flowers, don’t you? Yellow bird-of-paradise is hardy to -10 degrees or zone 6.
Texas sage as also prevalent in the area.
I wasn’t sure what to think of this collection of container plants.
It consisted of a mixture of plastic pots and toilets planted with live and silk flowers. I’m pretty sure my HOA wouldn’t allow this 😉
While Tombstone was much of what I expected, the history and cowboy themed attractions weren’t my favorite part of our visit…
I invite you to come back for my next post, where I will share with you why this small plant made me so excited and how it is part of a very historic plant!
Join me for my next post about our adventures in Tombstone.
https://www.azplantlady.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Screenshotfirstname.lastname@example.org://email@example.com 17:45:002022-11-10 06:17:26A Visit to the Wild West and Its Plants…
Fall is here and nurseries are stocked with all sorts of cool-season annual flowers.
So, my question to you is, what will you plant your annual flowers in this fall? Will you use a ‘regular’ container?
Or, maybe you are the type who likes to do things a little differently?
Maybe one of these unusual planters is more your style?
An old bicycle basket finds new purpose as a planter in Noblesville, Indiana.
Marigolds planted in an old wheelbarrow along Route 66 in Williams, Arizona.
Old pots and bowls used to plant miniature gardens in an antique store in upstate New York.
Old chairs transformed into planters in the historic downtown of Noblesville, Indiana.
A ‘bed’ of flowering bulbs in Amish country in Shipshewana, Indiana.
An old bathtub serves as a large planter in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.
Galvanized metal bucket containers at an Amish swap meet.
I was fortunate enough to have seen all of these unique planters throughout my travels. But, it was these galvanized bucket containers that inspired me to purchase an old antique watering can and create my own unique container for flowers…
I found this rusty watering can in an antique store in Prescott, Arizona and I knew just where I would put it in my garden.
I added some holes on the bottom, and filled it with violas, lobelia and alyssum. It sits right in the middle of my side vegetable garden where I can see it from my kitchen window.
I hope you enjoyed seeing a few of the unusual planters from my travels.
**I would love to hear about any unique items that you have seen transformed into planters 🙂