Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Project remake: fern dish planters...

Last summer I added a few more of my "dish planters" to the garden. These two were planted up with purple sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas 'Blackie') which never really looked as good as I'd hoped (please pardon the lens flare/sun spots...which I actually kind of love)...

This year I decided to plant 'em up with a couple of the same plants that are growing beneath them. Repetition ya know...

Because I do love me some painted ferns (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum)...

Especially when combined with the soft texture of Adiantum venustum.

And because more is always better I added a few bits of Impatiens omeiana, what was left after the garden critters (slugs? root weevils? cutworm?) had their way with them (it's a spring tradition).

I'm hoping maybe the Impatiens will do better out of the ground, up in the sky? At the end of a long, slippery, metal pole...

Pretty please garden gods?

Because I'd piled the soil (and thus the gravel top dressing) so high I was a little worried the hard rain we had last week would wash it out. Nope! It all stayed in place.

Here's to seeing these fill in and become lush with that beautiful fern texture...

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28 comments:

  1. You have really inspired me, Loree. (What else is new??) By the way, my Syneilesis seems to have survived the winter. It's just beginning to emerge. Yay!

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    1. Ah shucks, thanks Kylee...and YAY for your Syneilesis!!!

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  2. I'd never seen the painted fern/Adiantum venustum combo before but think it's beautiful and will steal...er...borrow that combination idea! Your dish planters are also amazing. Have you thought more about making/selling them. I'm seeing an etsy shop with your paper or dried floral creations and these planters...

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    1. Steal/borrow away Mister! And re: selling them...no, it sounds like a nightmare to ship those poles. I'd rather just tell everyone how to make them.

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  3. So beautiful. What I wouldn't give to have this in my garden. But our heat and dry air would do these in very quickly. I'll admire them in your garden instead.

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    1. Maybe you could put them under a mister?

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  4. Fill in? The dishes are pretty fabulous now. What's most interesting to me is that, at least in the photos, the dish planters don't draw my attention away from the foliage below, but draws me to it.
    I had meant to ask the day of your fern-foliage-in-a-vase post: what's the somewhat-undivided fern that looks vaguely like an oak leaf, photo-bombing the Adiantum venustum on the left?

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    1. I think maybe that's because they aren't too tall? That was my plan at least. They don't stand too far away.

      Ahhh...that fern! I've been trying to figure it out too. I've got a couple, and I love them - but I can't find their name in any of my records. Time to call in the experts (Plant Idents group on Facebook). I'll let you know...

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    2. Well that didn't take long: http://plantlust.com/plants/onoclea-sensibilis/

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    3. Page way down in this post and be blown away. It's where I first saw it: http://www.thedangergarden.com/2014/06/visiting-my-first-open-garden-of-year.html

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    4. Thanks for the ID and the links. On my list. Love that garden, too. I vaguely remember the post and now need to go back an study it. Cheers.

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  5. I think we're all going to follow your lead with that fern combo. I grow them both but never thought to combine them.

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    1. Yay! They're lovely together. Like chocolate and peanut butter.

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  6. The remade planters fit the space perfectly, Loree. May I ask where you found your metal dishes? The rusty metal succulent planter I inherited from my MIL is rapidly disintegrating and I'm having a terrible time finding a suitable replacement.

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    1. I got them at a shop on the way to Cistus Nursery called Linnton Feed and Seed: http://www.thedangergarden.com/2013/07/percolating.html

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  7. Love the new trio in the Jetson planters (that's how I think of them). Reminds me, I wanted to dig through some second-hand stores for interesting items to turn into containers.

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    1. The ReBuilding Center on Mississippi is a good place to look.

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  8. I don't know how long I've been following your website but I just understood the name you choosed. love it

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  9. Clever thinking with the impatiens. Take that Mr Slug..

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    1. Ya...bite some metal! Take that!!!

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  10. I can't get enough of ferns. Love the pairing and I hope those slugs stay down.

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  11. Those look really great, Loree. They're the perfect mix of blending in with the larger garden while standing out as an accent.

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  12. Those planters are seriously so cool.

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