I recently made the trip up to visit a friend and my family in Spokane. Even though I knew my parents were working on creating their own "dish planters" I was still surprised to walk into the back garden and spot these...
Of course they're more bowl than dish, but I think they turned out splendidly.
They found the containers at the thrift shop, and the poles came from Pacific Steel and Recycling (wish I would have had the time to stop there during my visit, I'm sure there are treasures to be had).
Mom had asked how tall mine are, but the 30-something-inch measurement I gave was a little tall when the poles aren't surrounded by foliage (mom does not partake in my "cramscaping" ways). Thus dad ended up cutting them shorter, and shorter, until they achieved a height they liked.
The nearby Rheum palmatum is already enormous.
Seeing their plant has me missing mine, but of course I don't have the room they do.
Pulsatilla vulgaris (the filament-like seed-heads) and Oenothera macrocarpa also look better in my parents garden than they ever have in mine.
And the poppies! (and even better the seed-heads!)
Horseradish leaves (the big ones) are very ornamental, don't you think?
What a lovely foliage mash-up!
A little piece of their vine (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) hitch-hiked its way into my garden on a plant from my parents (actually a plant mom gave me that I planted at my house in Spokane, and then dug up and brought here to Portland, it's well traveled). I love it, but must cut it back a couple of times each year, lest it take over. It could easily swallow their garage in a season.
The red blood grass (Imperata cylindrica) looks fab with the red edged succulent.
Speaking of red, this lettuce looks almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
Of course a visit here isn't complete without my going around to the north-side of the house and checking on the bishops weed (Aegopodium podagraria), aka my worst nightmare. Mom's planted it in the ideal shady spot where it looks good even in the summertime, keeps down the weeds, but can't escape into the rest of the garden. I just hope a future resident doesn't have ideas of removing it, cause that ain't happening. At least not easily.
Let's end this post with a happier picture. Nice work mom and dad! When does my royalty check show up in the mail?
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