Friday, October 5, 2012

ANOTHER CONCRETE PLANTER

This time it is not of my doing. Oh! But I do wonder if I could.


I had been reading in one of my gardening books about the Victorian craze with faux bois. And, I remember my grandparents had several faux bois things in their garden. This summer I saw a number of such things outside a home shop in Ketchum and among them was this small oblong stone planter. The price on the bottom said $21. The holes were full of leaves and the planter itself dirty from sitting on the soil, but no matter. Perfect planter and perfect price. I haven't seen anything like it anywhere else. It weighs a ton so it was a good job we had our own transportation.


Look how perfectly replicated is the once old chunk of wood. There are 4 holes for plants and I knew small succulents or cactus would be perfect. I planted with two haworthias; Haworthia fasciata, commonly known as zebra plant, and one unknown, Aloe 'blizzard', and Baby toes, Fenestraria aurantiaca. Baby toes has decided it likes its new home and promptly started to shoot out a flower.


18 comments:

  1. So that's concrete? It's beautiful! I would love to make something like that... a little research is called for I think.

    Thanks for posting this!

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    1. Let me know if you find the answer to achieving such detail. I think they must have made a soft mold of the wood because the inside of the holes also shows the wood fibres.

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  2. Is anyone else having difficulty reading the tiny font size ? I used to love this blog, still do enjoy the photographs.

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    1. Sorry you have trouble with the font size. I haven't made any changes to the font size. Can you enlarge the blog on your computer. I'll check around my gardening blogger friends.

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    2. Initially I had the same issues with the font. I just enlarged the page.

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    3. Earthwind, to make pages on the internet larger and easier to read, hold down the Ctrl key and hit the += key. Repeat this until the screen is large enough to read. To make the screen smaller again, hold down the Ctrl key and hit the _- key. I hope that helps. BTW, this only works with ADA compliant web pages, but most stuff on the web these days is compliant.

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  3. That is so cute!!!! What a great find!

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  4. Great find! Almost like petrified wood.
    It reminds me of the wooden Mexican sugar molds, that were so popular a few years ago. I have one...hmmmm....wonder how that would work for holding small pots?
    Have a great weekend.

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    1. I looked at the piece several times because it did look like petrified wood but decided int he end it couldn't be because of how the inside of the holes look. Plus there were lots of other faux bois- bit none as cute as this one!

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  5. Looks so real. Very artistic I suppose.

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  6. Wow, that really does look like wood! I love it! What a great use of it with the little succulents, as well.

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  7. Your succulents look great in this rustic concrete planter - a very artistic concept.

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  8. Baby toes? Who comes up with these adorable names?

    I have a good sized piece of petrified wood. I wonder how I would go about drilling a big hole in it. I would love to be able to grow a little plant in it. Any thoughts?

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    1. I think that would be tough. After all it is solid stone. Concrete is hard but not that hard.

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  9. I love it! I'll admit I'm a lazy indoor gardener, never enough time after working outside. I like a few indoor plants though and have been usuing small succulents because they look good and require so little care. A win win for me!

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