Thursday, July 27, 2017

"One more project"...and the winner of the Potted book give-away

This project has been tumbling around in my head for awhile now. What I ultimately had pictured is a much (MUCH) smaller version of this, seen at Dig Nursery...

In my imagination I shrunk those concrete containers way down so they actually fit into/above my stock tank pond. Three concrete cylinders in the stock tank, with metal u-shaped pieces connecting them and water circulating throughout the whole thing. Totally doable, if one has power at the location and the means to make the concrete and fabricate the u-shaped pieces of metal. In other words I'm not giving up on the dream...but...

After seeing this fabulous project that my friends Laura and Charlie recently did, with a re-purposed light fixture planted up with a Gunnera...

I decided I needed to go ahead and get my interim idea up and running, rather than holding out for the someday dream. So I give you the stock tank carnivorous dish planters...

Because why not up the number of dish planters to 9? After all I've got 12 stock tanks, obviously I believe in repetition...

Originally I planned to sink a CMU block in the tank and use the two voids in the CMU to secure the metal posts, with rocks stuffed in to keep them upright. However talking this over with the husband it suddenly became one of those, bigger — and better — projects. Off we went to buy a bag of cement mix, and now he was making small footings for each post.

Tada! This is what they looked like after I peeled away the plastic buckets.

The next step usually just means planting up the dish and sitting it atop the base. However since these were planned to go in a tank full of water I was concerned about a creature landing on the edge and tipping them into the water. In the four years I've had these planters around my garden I've only had two tipped over (I blame squirrels)...but a tipped over planter in a tank full of water would be much harder to pick up. Andrew had all sorts of good ideas, but...I'd already planted up the dishes so must of them weren't gonna work. He got creative...a cut-off nail in the base...

Then a bent piece of metal was wired to a dish and around the nail...

Which then had magnets put in place...

And the planted dishes sat on top...

What he had no way of knowing is that I'd wanted to work in some Tillandsia usneoides hanging from the dishes but no matter what I did it just looked dorky. He gave me the perfect void to tuck the Tillandsia into.

I ended up only putting one planter in the tank, the other sits just outside. Oh ya, and the dishes each have a single carnivorous plant in them along with some rocks, moss, glass and bits of shells.

It's a bit arty, but I was channeling my inner Ganna Walska...

And I've had the shells for ages (I can't resist bringing back finds from the beach)...

I may tire of it all eventually and change it up somehow but for now I love it.

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So...(drum-roll)....this is when I announce the winner of the Potted book giveaway!


I assigned a number to each valid entry (those with a link to an active blog or an email address) and then used a random number generator to tell me who the winner was. Congrats Peter! Aka The Outlaw — I can't wait to see what creative things you come up with from the book.

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Weather Diary, July 26: Hi 86, Low 58/ Precip 0

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wednesday Vignette: then and now...Paulownia tomentosa

Pollarding day, March 12 (the cut branches to the left are Sambucus Black Lace)

And today...

Ya gotta love a tree that just gets on with it!

Weather Diary, July 25: Hi 90, Low 60/ Precip zilch - day 38 with no rain and none in sight...

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The garden of Barbara and Howard Katz, a stop on the 2017 Capitol Region GB Fling

If I have one regret from the recent Garden Bloggers Fling it's that I didn't actually meet Barbara Katz. Oh sure she was there when we visited her garden (on the second day of the Fling), in fact that's her in front of the garage, in the orange top. But I'm not one to make a point of introducing myself. Turns out I should have though, as she left a comment later, on Instagram, mentioning that she's followed me for awhile and would have liked to meet. Ya gotta love social media!

Barbara was there to greet our group as we disembarked the bus, if you've seen other posts on the garden you've probably read the story of how the house and garden became theirs. She'd created the garden for a client years earlier, when the client decided to sell, Barbara and her husband Howard bought. Presto! A garden created by Barbara, and paid for by someone else, became hers after-all.

The short garden description from our Fling itinerary: "Landscape designer Barbara Katz is the owner of London Landscapes, LLC and the creator of this lushly planted hillside garden. The lot slopes 12 feet up to the property line near a 200 year old oak. A waterfall and small pond make use of the slope, attracting birds and wildlife. Filled with annuals and perennials, the garden has a strict color division with plants in tones of orange, white, and purple on one side and yellow, pink, blue, and maroon on the other."

The front entry of the home featured several stunning succulent displays...

As well as the more "traditional" plantings, but done up with a flair.

The driveway had its own garden, probably client plants in the waiting.

Heading around the side garden...

And wow, the back garden! Complete with dozens of bloggers...

Everything looked so spring fresh, as though summer's heat hadn't yet hit (the sweltering temperatures the day before had proven that wasn't the case).

After having had my appetite whetted by the succulent containers out front, I was thrilled to see there were more, these flanking the wide steps to the upper garden...

I'd been warned there wouldn't be many (any?) Agaves on this Fling (already proven untrue with my posts on Hillwood and the Minnich Garden)  and so I was thrilled to see these. And they were absolutely flawless!

I lingered just long enough, snapping photo after photo, that Howard Katz stopped to chat with me. Turns out he's the gardener behind the succulents. With no greenhouse on the property these go inside the house for the winter.

What a labor of love...


There's Howard...

And another photo of Barbara. What a creative pair these two are!

Okay, there's more garden to see, let's explore...

Oh! Another container...

Plume poppies (Macleaya cordata), contained. Smart, lest they take over the garden.

I love this!

Heading back down the steps...

Once final glance up.

What a great vignette!

That's it! Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden with us Barbara and Howard...

Weather Diary, July 24: Hi 88, Low 58/ Precip 0

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