When last I photographed that bright chartreuse ModDish planter, from Steel Life, I had just returned home from winning it at the Austin Garden Bloggers Fling. I was actually writing about another planter in that post, one I'd finally planted up (ten months after purchasing it) with a succulent—Obregonia denegrii—I bought in Austin.
In that post—dated May 25th 2018—I mused about how long it would take me to plant up the ModDish. Well I can now say for sure; 1 year, 1 month and 2 weeks.
I never have planted the small orange ModDish I got at DIG, before they closed. Instead it gets filled with whatever strikes my fancy, currently some large grey pebbles and a Tillandsia xerographica,
So, anyone what to make a bet on what I finally put in the chartreuse planter?
Would you be surprised if I said bromeliads? No, of course you wouldn't be. Here's the lucky line-up...
That big guy on the right (below) is to blame. I stopped by Garden Fever a day or two before leaving for the Denver Fling and they'd just gotten in a shipment of plants. He was sitting just to the side of the cash-stand as I paid for my purchases. I lusted, but I left. And he haunted me all night and the next day. I went back and thankfully he was still there, he might be a Neoregelia 'Pimiento', dunno for sure. Bromeliads in nurseries are not usually well labeled, at least in these parts.
After purchasing the big guy I decided he belonged in the chartreuse planter, and I needed another bromeliad to keep him company, at 16" wide the planter called out for more than one. I set off for Portland Nursery intending to pick up just one more bromeliad. I came home with three. It happens.
Not wanting to go the gravel mulch route, I started taking small plastic bags with me on walks. I collected lichen and moss, as well as small sticks.
Here it is all planted up and mulched.
Part of the mental block I'd had when it came to using the chartreuse planter was where to put it. The shape seemed to want to be on a table, but our patio dining table is just too small. However, having already staked out territory for the fern bowl, I realized I could tuck the ModDish right in on its left.
The collected moss and lichen make a great mulch.
The previously empty apotspot vase/planter also got an upgrade with mossy sticks and bromeliads...
Just a few more photos of the new bromeliad plantings...
It may take me awhile, but I eventually figure it out.
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