Friday, June 9, 2017

Vertical gardening...my way

If you're a regular reader you know I love me some old metal bits that can be re-purposed as a planter. I found this metal vent at Portland's Rebuilding Center.

Super drainage! Actually too much drainage. I added a piece of plastic to cover the wire grid, but still let a little water drain. I also neglected to take a photo of it.

Since I've gone a little Bromeliad mad I tucked in this amazing specimen...

And this one too...

Then I had to add a Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Ogon Nishiki',,,

Because there are two in the dish planters below and I absolutely love them.

The finished vent, all planted up, with a little Tillandsia Usneoides for good measure...

I really should have included a wide-shot, of the whole area under the shade pavilion...but it's my last garden mess, waiting to be cleaned up and dealt with. Thus you only get a close up. There will be more photos later, trust me.

Another vertical surface I've reworked is the "bulletin board" planter. Last year it was planted up with Aeoniums.

I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do this year, then I saw those lust-worthy Begonia's and knew they'd be perfect tucked into the planters.

Begonia 'Curly Fireflush' was joined by good old Dichondra argentea, which will add about a half inch, to an inch, of length a week, as long as I keep it well watered.

I think they make a fetching combination.

That's my vertical gardening update...have you been doing any VG?

Weather Diary, June 8: Hi 67, Low 55/ Precip .29"

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26 comments:

  1. Your imagination and creativity know no bounds. I continue to be in awe.

    If I ever have time, I'll recreate your vent planter. That would look cool under our bay trees, and bromeliads would do well there in the summer.

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    1. Thank you, and I hope you do. I would love to see it.

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  2. Beautimous! Love your brand of heavy metal. Curly fireflush is one of my faves. Hmmm...more begonias in the Danger Garden. Haven't done much VG other than throwing vines all over the place. (Isn't VG that thing that we were warned about in that movie we were shown in the sixth grade? I hear that a shot of penicillin takes care of it.)

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    1. Have you been able to overwinter 'Curly Fireflush'? Others have told me it was difficult. My school wasn't as forward thinking as yours!

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  3. All are beautifully done, Loree! The use of the metal vent is very clever. All in all, it looks like a wonderfully curated display,

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    1. Thanks Kris, hopefully that's what others see, not a metal recycling center dumped in a garden.

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  4. I actually heard Ol' Blue Eyes' version of "My Way" in a salvage shop the other day, so your post is timely. Love this! I'm taking more of a shine to that trachelospermum after initial impressions that it broke my variegation rules -- a little too busy. Looks great with a plain backdrop. Isn't June grand for puttering? I wish we could bottle up June for a January pick-me-up.

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    1. I too once shied away from that one, because of the busy variegation. It seems less garish in the shade.

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  5. I love what you did with that metal vent! Such a creative repurpose, you clever thing. The Begonias look great in your bulletin board too.

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    1. Thanks Alison, I appreciate that.

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  6. Love the way the bulletin board group looks above all that greenery/fernery below. No VG here. Doing the opposite. Took down a row of three trees earlier this week. Photos to come next week.

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    1. Yikes! Taking down trees is a big garden changer.

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  7. No surprise that these are artistic, well-balanced and just plain cool! Enjoy.

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  8. Love,love, love them all. You have such great eye.

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    1. You're very kind Jenny. Any chance you might visit Portland in the future?

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  9. I love your planters, you are always so inventive

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  10. Ditto all the comments above. You are so creative! That bromilead is a beauty.

    I am going to do some wooly pockets for breakfast nook privacy screening. You've inspired me to get going on it. Thanks!

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    1. There will be pictures I hope?

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  11. Now whenever I see oddball metal scraps here and there, I think "Loree could come up with something fabulous to do with that!"

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    1. Thank you for the vote of confidence!

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  12. What can I say that hasn't already been said? I'll say it anyway. The new vent planter is great! As are the plants that went into it, especially the Vriesea. I love the new begonias, too. My latest "vertical gardening" was planting a Phyllostachys viridis 'Robert Young'. Ok, not qhat you meant by vertical gardening, but it does grow up!

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    1. Thank you! And I enjoyed reading your note to Kate on FB about your latest vertical addition. Especially the vision of you driving tall bamboo through the city and getting looks.

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  13. We love them Loree, very cool, chic, and stylish!

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