Here's an idea for a piece of art for a piece of yard art made entirely from recycled goods.
I don't know about the rest of the country, but here on the West coast, half wine barrels are commonly sold at garden stores for use as planters.
So, when the one I had fell apart I saved the metal rings, that hold the staves together, and tossed the wood. I had the hubby line up all three rings, drill a hole and bolt them together. Repeat on the opposite side of the rings. Then, simply, separate the rings into equal spaces.
Voila'!...... Free yard art, with an armillary look!
I like the round shape, the organic nature of rusty metal and the PRICE! Free is a very good price!
One more thing, before I go, I'm a pretty casual gardener. I don't baby plants.....I plant good plants, I water them, I even fertilize occasionally....but I don't baby......with one EXCEPTION...........................
My beloved Princess Flower (Tibouchina urvilleana) a zone 10-11 plant, not really suited for living outdoors year round in Oregon's zone 7..........so she grows in a pot. I LOVE the royal purple, looks-like-velvet flowers, so I'm willing to go the extra mile for this lassie. The green leaves are soft and furry with a red edge.
I over-winter her in the garage and so far, so good. I have heard that some people have had success planting it in the ground, in our climate, but I haven't wanted to chance it.
In California, it becomes a rather large bush, mine is more like a four foot tall small tree.
As, I look at this photo, I'm thinking I should cut it back a little more in the spring, when I first bring it outside, that might help it bush out a little more. Also, it likes heat and our cool spring, probably, didn't help it get off to a good start.
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