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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 🙂

I am always looking for creative ways to display plants in my garden.

On two recent trips, one to North Carolina and the other to Amish country in Indiana, I saw some ‘beds’ of flowers that I thought were not only beautiful, but also very creative.

This first one I saw along the main street in Shipshewana, Indiana, which is a quaint town in Amish country.

I love how they painted the bed headboard and footboard of this old bed, don’t you?
Although this next one is not painted, I like the old rusted look of this head and footboard.
This ‘bed’ of flowers was located in the old section of Asheville, North Carolina.
In the same area, I came upon a ‘tub’ of plants…
This tub was filled with kale, white violas and pansies.
I would love a ‘tub’ full of plants in my own garden.  Even an old washtub with drainage holes would work well, don’t you think?
Have you seen any creative planting containers like these?
I’d love to hear about them.
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I apologize for being a bit late in posting this week.  Life has been awfully busy.  After giving a presentation on citrus care to a garden club Tuesday morning, I then headed to our local children’s hospital where my 13-month old nephew, Dean, had major surgery and one lobe of his right lung was removed.  He is at our local children’s hospital and is doing well and they are doing their best to manage his pain.
We all went to visit him today and it was nice to see that he recognized us even though he was pretty ‘loopy’ on all of his pain meds.  We are hopeful that he will be able to go home by Monday.
Today, I am going up to one of my favorite places – Rio Verde, where I have 3 consults scheduled.
After this week, I am thankful that I have nothing more scheduled this weekend besides church 🙂

I hope you are all having a great week!