|1. An old wok filled with wok plants.
|2. An Abe Lincoln hat -- everything grows well in it.
|3. Ned Kelly's Helmet (for the Aussies) with pink
impatiens in it (he
was a shady character).
| 4. One of my favourite planters was one my
An old hunting boot, painted with bright red lacquer. She had a
growing in it. It was ugly but had a lot of character.
| 5. My favourite planter is an old work boot (ya
know, the steel-toed
kind) filled with pansies and vinca vine.
| 6. Our (a husband and wife gardening team)
is one that we have out in our rock garden at our summer retreat. As we
are by a lake and surrounded by nature we have tried to keep our
as natural as
possible and so hence the planter, which is a piece of driftwood,
approx. 3 ft long, shaped like an iguana (found by our grandsons along
the lake shore). The back end of the piece is quite hollow and we have
filled it with planting soil and put a varigated, trailing ground cover
plant, along with some purple pansies in it. It makes for a very
piece of garden decor, sitting very peacefully on an old tree stump in
the midst of bleeding hearts, pink day lilies, sea lavender, hostas,
many more too numerous to mention.
| 7. The seat of an old rocking chair. Old Shoes.
| 8. Toilets with geraniums growing in them are
my husband's favourite,
not mine. I do like the old enamel chamber pots. I have three of them
begonia, aloe vera and a house plant in them.
| 9. Favorite planters: 1) hiking boot 2) old
tree stump 3) old
|10. My grandmother had given me some white cast iron
chairs. My brother
took one and cut a hole in the seat to fit a pot. The best part was how
he decorated it. The chair has an embossed pattern of fruit and my
painted it with whatever he had around the house: including grape
|11. Corrugated cardboard egg cartons, they're cheap,
best of all, great for germination. "Eat the Eggs, Grow the
|12. Does my dilapidated brown & bent garage eaves
Numerous birch trees, sunflowers and niger plants are growing there -
are nearly 3 feet tall.
|13.The blue enamel bucket which I used to gather the
that the chickens are gone I don't need to worry about the biddies
out the petunias anymore.
|14. Washing machine agitator housing unit. Drainage!
Pentisetum Red, Melampodium, Purple Wave. Fronts washing machine store.
|15. In a dead tree, still loved by birds, I'm
training a golden flowered
creeper to encircle the empty limbs and bring back life again.
|16. A worn out silk purse... with lamb's ear.
|17. Our favourite planter is just a few houses away
from us. The planter
is about 5' 8" tall with a bit of grey moss around one of his openings.
This planter has been around us for 15 years to visit, and grows really
|18. It was my grandfathers, the big steel bowl that
was under the faucet
of the wind mill that the dog used to drink out of. Memories!!!!!!!!!!!
|19. I have a small antique Coal stove that I salvaged
many, years ago
from a combination coal and gas water heating unit. I placed it out on
our patio and planted hosta in it. This was in 1963 and it's still
up each year like Old Faithful.
|20. I used to use three or four tires piled up on top
of each other
for my potatoes. I never had much room for growing potatoes and this
great. I used it for compost and then later threw the seed
in. The following year I just added another tire and a new layer of
I don't know how original it is but it worked.
|21. My husband has taken on a new hobby in
-- carnivorous Bog Plants. Needless to say, here in Oregon, we
have enough precipitation, what he needed was the appropriate
He had been rummaging through the shed when I looked out the window and
saw him with our sons plastic snow sled (mid July). The sled is now
in our back yard and is home to various flesh eating plants which are
quite well (flying insects don't think so).
|22. An old upturned umbrella frame (handle less),
covered in fine chicken
wire, filled with gravel, and planted with an assortment of Echieveria
and Sempervivum -- a beautiful curved bowl of colour.
|23. The most favourite of planter/containers I have
in my garden is
a combination of two terra cotta pots and an obelisk. My husband so
built me my first garden obelisk this spring and it now stands over top
of a very, very large terra cotta pot. About one quarter of the way up
inside the obelisk is a shelf on which stands another smaller
pot. In the large pot I have planted scarlet runner beans which have
their way merrily up the legs of the obelisk and are now giving us a
pretty display of red flowers. In the smaller pot I have planted pink
which is now in full bloom with their pretty pink petals and little
faces. All together it all makes a very interesting display and
many complimentary bouquets, and soon we will have fresh beans
|24. Labor of love by terminally ill mate -
constructed from our old
water-bed frame. Thriving plants remind me of the rollicking
| 25. It's a clay pot with mold all over it.
|26. Dang it, everybody beat my old culvert all to
heck. I never
had any wackier planters than that.
|27. My mom used to have a old toilet bowl for a
|28. My weirdest planter is my sons old peddle car
fire engine. It is
red and rusty. I fitted wire mesh inside it and filled it with compost.
It looks wonderful with creeping rosemary. Last year I planted red
blue salvias and white feverfew in it. It was very patriotic.
|29. I have an old metal tubular ashtray that Smokers
used to fill with
people- killing butts. I filled it with dirt, drilled a few holes in
side and it has that tray in the top. From the sides, I hang
and in the top, I place the flowering plant of the week. From Life
to life giving. Great Container.
|30. The most unusual container I have in my garden is
the top part
of a broken hair dryer. I have an Epidendrum (reedstem type) growing in
it. I have it hanging & the plant blows in the breeze.
|31. To celebrate the loss of 20
lbs., I have
used an old pair of jeans, sitting on a log, with the top filled with
- not me! I never intend to need them again, and my gardening is
easier, now that 20 lbs. is "sitting" somewhere else.
~Joan, of Duarte, California