It was high time to admit I’d done something to my back (again). If I wanted to be in shape to tackle serious winter clean-up and the start of gardening season it was time to visit the chiropractor. Yep, looks like I chose a good one...
You know I love to support businesses that have great landscaping, and take care of it. Well this one is in a strip-mall, devoid of plants other than the required street trees and a few flopped over phormium. So to walk in the front door and see the wall display above was a welcome sight. I especially love the mix of live (planted) plants with tillandsia and dried Craspedia (Billy Balls).
My eyes processed the wreath as the standard thick willow wreath, because really I was focused on the big Tillandsia xerographica. It was until editing the photos I realized it was made from individual wood pieces.
I asked the receptionist if she was responsible for the beautiful display...no, the installation was the work of Solabee Flowers & Botanicals. Turns out they have a shop in the Kenton neighborhood where I was headed next. Sounds like I needed to visit, right?
She'd mentioned Solabee shared space with Salvage Works, a place I'd read about and meant to visit but just hadn't gotten around to. Bonus!
We've got one of those old wash basins in our basement. I've fantasized about getting rid of it. Perhaps it has a future use? Let's see what else they've got...
Oh but wait! First I must mention the tallest resident of the Kenton neighborhood, who hangs-out just down the street from Salvage Works, yes it's Paul Bunyan. Why is there a huge (31 ft) statue of Paul Bunyan in Kenton you ask? It was built in 1959 to commemorate the centennial of Oregon's statehood during the Centennial Exposition and International Trade Fair, which was held in the Kenton area. The sculpture was originally prominently placed at the intersection of North Interstate Avenue (then U.S. Route 99) and North Argyle Street, and now stands at the corner of North Interstate and North Denver. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in January 2009. (source)
There's an outside area next to the shop, full of great old stuff.
I don't know what this was in its former life but it makes a great wall planter.
And speaking of great wall planters! Now I'm envisioning a section like this in our new (yet to be built) fence.
I love old wheelbarrows. It's a good thing I don't have acreage because I might just start to collect them.
And if I were the type, this old refrigerator drawer would make a great planter.
I finally wandered inside, only to discover the Solabee shop has moved out! Thankfully they left several wonderful things on display...
They've still got a shop downtown, I suppose I'll need to visit someday soon.
I was so enthralled with the items on, and under, the table I didn't even notice the baby hanging above!
Love this vignette.
Yep, this was a fun little excursion...
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