Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Planters, Ranch-Style

One of the great things about having the younger generation around for a while is All the Things That Get Done. Way back in early May, a friend passed along two large black tubs, which she recommended using for plants. I had a place for them, but it needed levelling. Enter the niece, this month. Area levelled!

A black tub, with drainage holes added by the niece, is ready for its new home. (FYI -- these sturdy planters originally held feed for horses; the friend who passed them on has a son who is a cowhand.)

Kinda sparse looking, there...

Time to visit the nursery. An 18-pack of snaps...

...and some portulaca, frinstance.

Here's one of the new planters, complete with its own garden, sitting amongst my struggling strawberries, which are unfortunately growing directly in the granite un-soil. They, too, need a gift from that cowboy's ma!

Another pot was moved up atop a stump. By the niece, of course.

Nothing changed about this particular planting except that the coral bells are showing their pleasure at all the rain we had recently.

Finishing touches -- Ant 1...

...and Ant2, both bought down at the Iron Zoo on I-17. Note that each is equipped with a gardening tool. One of the ants was scheduled to go to Memphis, but added too much weight to my visitors' luggage. I'll make sure he's happy here.

Link Note: I haven't sent anyone to Splendid Pictures Around The Web for some time. However, our friend in Singapore currently has, let's face it, some Splendid Pictures: painted airplanes...red pandas (they look mighty like raccoons, they do)...a baby hippo. Not to mention crop circles re-purposed (to use Bill Gates' ugly word) as adverts.

8 comments:

sheoflittlebrain said...

Nice that you got some help with your pretty flowerpot garden. Love the coral bells........and the ANTS!

Granny J said...

Brain -- I was despairing that I'd ever get the Big Black Pots into service. The drainage I could do, but unlikely the levelling. Aren't the coral bells pretty!

Chickenbells said...

Lovely! I start out with wonderful intentions at the beginning of summer for potted flowers and then let them go to seed sometime during the middle of it all...they are beautiful while they last though!

Granny J said...

CB-- But then you have a shop to take care of! I'll admit that I an inclined to buy flowers that will last more than one year, such as the snapdragons. But one has to deadhead them every so often to keep the blooms coming.

Lane said...

I'll have to get my mom to see the aunt-that-woulda-been in her yard...still in your garden! The pots all outfitted look great!

Granny J said...

Lane -- I spent some time worrying about that aunt moldering in my garden & then finally got it! Tell yr mom that I'll take good care of her insect! As for the outfitted black pots, I have great hopes for them -- and maybe some more that might come my way one of these days. (hint, hint)

k said...

I love your critter sculptures.

I want them.

Granny J said...

k -- it's a good thing they're so heavy, otherwise I'd only have Ant1 & t'other would be way off in Memphis.

 
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