Monday, September 20, 2010

Stone Planter Done---Yay!

A couple weeks ago I put this 007

planter together from some salvaged concrete siding blocks I had been saving for just this purpose. (only took me 2 years to get around to doing it, yikes!)


That was one big pile!

Last week I shopped around for some clearance perennials to plant in it.  I also moved some plants from my yard.  It’s a partially sunny location so I mixed some shade plants in with some sun lovers, we’ll see what likes that space better.  I’m not a very good gardener, my basic theory is survival of the fittest.  Hopefully the weeds don’t win.


This area is adjacent to the Outdoor Kitchen patio, so I wanted to bring some additional color into it to tie it in somehow..


These hubcaps were curbside finds I painted with some red spray-paint.  I love the wheel shape and intended to attach them to the fence.  I think I like them on the ground for now though since  it’ll take some time for the plants to fill in the space.

Not sure if I’ll keep them there, they make Mike cringe a little.  Maybe if I glue a round mirror to the middle it will make them look less, well, um, hubcappy for lack of a better word.

He can’t complain too much, since it’s a whole lot better than what this area looked like before I started…..

outdoor kitchen 008

The old brick bbq is still there and will be dismantled soon and the bricks re-used elsewhere.  The shed still needs to have a new door made for it before winter comes.  I threw the old one away when we moved it, it was in bad shape!

I’ve got grand plans for that shed…..but not this year.  Too much to do, too little time.  You know the story.

Ahhhh, much better, don’t you agree? 071

The kitchen reveal is coming soon, this is just one small step in the process of getting ready….

But I did take some photos of it yesterday!



I was a busy girl this weekend!  ;)




  1. Wow, what a transformation! It looks great. Love the ladder...that would look so cool with a climbing plant on it too!

  2. Rose you were a busy girl!! I love how the planter looks and wow on those hubcaps! I like your gardening philosophy...survival of the fittest! Have a great week!

  3. You were busy! I'm tired just looking at all that work. I have to say, when I first glanced at the first picture I thought "what are those awesome huge red flowers?" and then realized they were hubcaps (in my favorite color). I think if you hang them on the fence and find some scrap metal or some other creative stuff, you could make a "stem" and maybe a couple of "leaves" and they would look like scupltural metal flowers in the back of your garden. I'm sure you could figure it out! Cool!

  4. Wonderful job, Rose. It turned out fabulous, and I know it will really fill in next spring. I wonder how you managed to get all of those blocks home (haha). You always find a way!

  5. OMG, you have been busy... I love the red amongst the plants. I also love gina3's idea to make them into a flower... what an amazing transformation of that area. I can't wait to see it.

    Have a great week Rose... hoping to see you soon.

    Hugs, Deb

  6. It looks great. I'd screw the hubcaps to the fence, epoxy some decorative saucers to the centers, use an old green garden hose for stems and voila! big old flowers for that fence. My first thought was that you found some wonderful big red flowers for your flower bed.

  7. You are very busy for sure. I am not certain where you live but we have very acid soil so I use pellitized lime twice a year on everything and it works wonders with my flowers, grass, trees, and shrubs. You can have your soil tested. hugs♥olive

  8. What a difference you have made!
    It is funny how things can sit around for so long, we have good intentions, but just cant find the time!
    Great job!

  9. It looks great and I like the pop the red hubcaps give it.

  10. wow! That's what I call being creative! I loved it!

  11. cool hubcaps! I love the new look! I like Jackie's suggestion about the flowers, but not sure mike will go for it. :)
    cant' wait to see the kitchen reveal.
    love the little votive holder!

  12. Wonderful garden! You should add a garden spinner to brighten it up more!

  13. You were a busy girl. I love this look, all of it. I am going to be watching for hub caps on the road side now. Talk about distracted driving. ;)


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