Mini Container Gardens …Floral Friday

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.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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11 Responses to Mini Container Gardens …Floral Friday

  1. GP says:

    I have a truck similar to yours. It never occurred to me to make a planter out of it!!

  2. Roll the truck planter everywhere you can. It’s great!

  3. You really inspire me! I love your arrangements! )))♥️(((

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