What have you made to personalize your garden, or how have you repurposed materials? (Or both)

  • April 30, 2012 10:33 AM
    Message # 906887
    Can't wait to hear from you all.
  • April 30, 2012 1:43 PM
    Reply # 907023 on 906887
    See my 50 ways to repurpose items in the article and slide show - "Recycle 'Useless' Items Into 'New' Garden Tools" on our website - celosangeles.ucdavis.edu/Common_Ground_Garden_Program - under "Gardening Articles" menu item.
  • April 30, 2012 2:02 PM
    Reply # 907029 on 906887
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    As a ceramic artist and enthusiastic gardener, I make garden totems, small figures who live in their garden beds. Independent ceramic pieces stack on a pipe driven into the soil, rending them safe through out the year.


  • April 30, 2012 2:45 PM
    Reply # 907049 on 907029
    JUDITH SPRINGBORN wrote:As a ceramic artist and enthusiastic gardener, I make garden totems, small figures who live in their garden beds. Independent ceramic pieces stack on a pipe driven into the soil, rending them safe through out the year.


    (SEE PHOTOS OF JUDY'S WORK IN THE SCHS EVENT PHOTOS SECTION)
  • May 08, 2012 10:49 PM
    Reply # 915295 on 906887
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    I adore what Lorene Edwards Forkner wrote about her garden being her canvas, her vision, her voice. That is what mine has been since we moved to our little piece of parardise back in  June of 1996.

     

    Everything about my garden is personal, as epitimized by my garden shed. It was a family project that began when I brought home a pair of cast-off leaded glass cabinet windows.  

     

    It turned into the playhouse I dreamed of as a little girl- only I had more imagination and a bit more money than growing up ):-. My husband and our sons built the Victorian shed tall, to make the most of a small footprint. I learned to lay a brick floor, hung lace curtains and designed a stained glass window to fit the transom space.

    It was one thing to design the window- It was another to build it. While I built up my courage to take on a complex stained glass piece, my husband teasingly painted a primitive garden on a piece of plywood to hold the space.

     

    The Pièce de résistance transom window is named in honor of my mother. “Ethel’s Garden”. 400 hand selected and crafted glass pieces reflect our ersonal vision of Eden: with birds and butterflies enjoying a garden of abundant with flowers. Solar-lit at night, the 46 “ wide  x 20” high framed  leaded glass panel is a beacon on our evening walks. 

     

    This is one of the sites where I have written about it (with pictures)

    http://averygoodlife.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2011-01-01T00:00:00-08:00&updated-max=2011-09-28T09:28:00-07:00&max-results=50&start=23&by-date=false

  • May 09, 2012 7:37 AM
    Reply # 915529 on 906887
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    Bamboo.  I use it for stakes, fences, and gates
  • May 09, 2012 8:56 AM
    Reply # 915627 on 906887
    I am repurposing an old Arrowhead water bottle stand into a plant stand in the garden.  I hope to repaint it midnight blue to match a few of my ceramic pots and tie it into the overall theme of the garden more.
  • May 09, 2012 11:46 AM
    Reply # 915819 on 906887
    It is difficult to see my house number from the street so I made a custom planter at the foot of my driveway that includes the house number.  First I found two large chimney tiles (the center of the chimeny). Then I ordered a metal house number sign and got two very long screws for each end of the sign and placed the screw ends between the two stacked tiles.  Then I took the old plastic bin from a dead paper shreader, drilled holes in the bottom and pushed it inside as a liner.  Filled it with soil, pelargoniums and Vinca minor 'Illumination' to hang over the side with it's wonderful chartreuse leaves. Ten years later I just top of the soil with fresh compost twice a year, deadhead occassionally and viola! 
  • May 09, 2012 8:05 PM
    Reply # 916144 on 906887
    I live near Lynn and can vouch for her DIY elegance... definitely worth a visit if anyone is in West Hollywood...
  • May 11, 2012 9:54 AM
    Reply # 917692 on 906887
    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Some of you may remember the "Make Your Own Plant" contest we had a couple of years ago.  I am still proud of me and my husband's entry "Helianthus moparius", made out of old parts from a '74 Plymouth Valiant. Since he is a "car guy" and I am a "plant gal", this was the perfect project for us. Here's a link to a picture.

    http://califlora.blogspot.com/
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