Monday, July 20, 2015

Somebody stop me!

A week or so ago I updated you on a couple of small projects I’d completed, including a few custom dish planters. I'd intended one of them to stand alone, but looking at I realized (and you agreed) that was dorky and needed a partner. Done!

I considered going with a different plant but decided to stick with Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Ogon Nishiki', this one’s got lots of orange new growth.

The older one has a little now too...

So project complete, time to relax right? Wrong. From there I went a little crazy...

This metal thing has been kicking around our garage for over a year, I picked it up for a buck at our Rebuilding Center. I have no idea what it was, but it was going to become another planter. I'd envisioned it with the flat side down and the tall tube planted up with a trailing succulent. However, when I went to plant it, and saw it turned this way, well, that's what I had to do!

The plants were cheap-o-no-label succulents from a trip to IKEA.

I walked into the garden looking for a place to put it, and right away realized it needed to go by the beginning of paver path.

A square by the squares.

So far reflected heat from the shiny metal hasn't been a problem, however I did drape a shade cloth over it during last weekends intense heat.

Andrew suggested driving a stake into the ground and sliding the long tube over it. Worked like a charm!

Enough right? Somebody needs to stop me. But I was on a roll...

The funnel planter on the right has been around for awhile, although it did get planted up with a different plant (Agave splendida) earlier this spring. The Agave bracteosa is planted in a metal ring, also from the Rebuilding Center (I think it was 50 cents).

The ring is taller than it looks here.

Part of it is buried in the gravel. The bottom is open, so the plant is actually planted in the ground and will stay here year round. I have several other A. bracteosa in the ground and they've done fine over the winter.

Yes, there's more. Although not all are new.

On the left is Agave ocahui, planted in a piece of metal ducting. On the right is A. 'Sharkskin' in a strange piece of metal that has a great Devo hat look, don't you agree?

Yep, another re-imagined (piece of metal) planter for the Agave nickelsiae (aka A. ferdinandi-regis)

This one came from Cistus (the Agave, not the planter). Look at those fabulous points!

So that's it. Really. I am done now. Really...

All material © 2009-2015 by Loree Bohl for danger garden. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited and just plain rude.

39 comments:

  1. You're going to need a suit of armor somewhere since shiny metal is the new (?) theme. :)

    That new flat planter is nice, but it gets a wooden border in my mind's eye because I love metal with wood.

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    1. I wish Andrew were here to answer that "new(?)" question. No, I've been a fan of all things shiny and silver for quite sometime. It's kind of a running joke with us. Oh, and I like your wooden border idea. But I don't have the woodworking skills (or desire, or time)...

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  2. Methinks it's time for me to visit a ReStore-type place to look for similar materials. So cool!!

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    1. Do it! You never know what you might find.

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  3. Your new projects are all gorgeous! I especially like the succulent table square!

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  4. You know I'm a fan. Why stop now? Let's just hope the hardware stores never catch on to what we're doing with the ducting and raise the prices. And, big plus, it's lighweight!

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    1. At the Rebuilding Center after you pick something out then they put a price on it. Sometimes I fear they're going to ask "what are you doing with it?" and then price accordingly. Pieces being used for what they're intended would be priced lower than those that are being upcycled.

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  5. When you're inspired you do come up with fabulous results! Just love that square metal planter, very chic, contemporary and looks so good in exactly where you placed it. Inspiring stuff as always!

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    1. Thanks guys! There's a fine line between "just right" and "too much"...I hope to stay on the right side of that line.

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  6. Don't stop, creativity is a beautiful thing, Danger. I see a line of these for sale somewhere....hmmm...The funnel one is my favorite, it has shades of Andrew's artwork in it. Love them all, though. Seriously, business opportunity.

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    1. Thank you! Andrew has joked about me starting a plant cart (as opposed to a food cart) and selling things like this. He would appreciate your sentiments.

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  7. Your new creations are wonderful. If you keep going, you can go into business selling them as Tamara hinted. Or, better still, you can come down this way and help me spruce up my garden with shiny metal things.

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    1. Are you a shiny metal lover too Kris?

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  8. I can see that I'm going to be going through our local home improvement store with new eyes.

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  9. So creative. My first thought with the flat one was heat, but sounds like you have something in place for those hot days.

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    1. I figured above 95F I should help the poor plants out, it may not have been needed though as they sailed through 88F just fine.

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  10. Why, oh why do my junk collecting habits never result in something so cool and edgy? Stop you? Don't look my way.

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    1. You a juk collector? No, I don't believe it.

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  11. Love it, you are so clever! But it's sooooo hot in SC right now you could get third degree burns from those things. It would be the Double Danger Garden:-)

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    1. That has a nice ring to it...."Double Danger Garden"!

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  12. Love all your new metal projects. Over the weekend I picked up a couple of big metal rings (originally barrel rings) for planting succulents in.

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    1. Oh, that sounds like an excellent plan. Pictures to follow I hope?

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  13. The points on that agave look like something out of the Crusades but your planters are super cool. :o)

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    1. They are definitely a little extra pointy. Perhaps not the best Agave for you start your collection with.

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  14. haha such a festive looking display! Now all that's left to do is wire them up to revolve at different speeds, clock-wise and counter clockwise...

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    1. Weirdo! (I mean that in the nicest way)

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  15. Bahahahahahahaha, I like to refer to myself as, nothing if not excessive. I prefer to believe it's a positive trait. I love anything metal...coming from a recycled situation makes it even better. Very, very, cool.

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  16. Loree: You are one of the most creative potted plant arrangers I know. Wow, I really like the colors and combinations you show here. Very pleasant.

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  17. Yes, sure you are.... Your planter projects look great. And as always your agaves are to die for.

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    1. What, you don't believe me? ;)
      (thanks!)

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  18. I don't know, Loree. It looks like you're going to beat me on the pot count. :) Beautiful, beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Grace, and don't be so sure...

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  19. If something's worth doing, it's worth doing a lot! I love your new planters, especially the funnel (fun!) and square planter by the pavers. So great, all of them!

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  20. Wow, just stumbled upon your blog and I am in awe!!! I live in Atlanta and grew up in a townhouse and then owned a loft for a zillion years and have been in an actual house with land for the past five. I am in over my head. Actually, there are folks who would say my new found interest in gardening is a sign of the apocalypse. If you see frogs and locusts begin to fall from the sky, sorry, it's probably my fault. All that to say, would you consider moving in with me for a bit and transforming my yard too? I have no idea what the hell I'm doing. You can have cart blanche! In return, I'm a very good cook, have a charming small dog who will cheer you on, and I will do nothing but tell you how brilliant and spectacular you are all day every day. I will do the work, but I need somebody to tell me what the hell to do! Many thanks in advance!

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    1. Ha! You're cracking me up. I don't think my husband would appreciate my moving out and leaving him to care for this garden - as much as I would enjoy getting to create one for you. It sounds like to me you've got the right attitude to just jump in and start doing, and making mistakes. We all do that part.

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