The time had come to clean up, repot, and update three small container gardens this week. This is one of my favorite tasks because I enjoy using unorthodox containers and planting configurations. As an extra benefit, visitors to my house usually notice them so the projects trigger a short conversation about the plantings. Anyhow, I completely deconstruct the aging, decrepit plantings then rebuild them with fresh dirt or sand and perhaps add some non-plant accents.
The first container is a square Shawnee planter from the mid-1950s. The pastel, faux-grain, glaze reminds me of the sea. The non-floral elements predominate in this “seascape” that features a trio of delicate lilies.
The wooden truck was a gift from my trucker friends Jorge and José a couple of years ago. The cargo box is an almost perfect container for projects. I installed a fresh plastic liner to protect the bare wood, then added sand, cacti, small succulents, and moss. The wheels do rotate, so I have to resist the temptation to roll the truck planter across the table.
A bi-color succulent plus a hen-and-chick fill a vintage McCoy stemmed planter. This easy-breezy project is also a low-maintenance decor accent.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes Intel executive, Mike Davidson. “I don’t start with a design objective, I start with a communication objective. I feel my project is successful if it communicates what it is supposed to communicate.”