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Unexpected Gimbel

February 23, 2012

Succulents suspended

Visiting the Long Beach garden of fellow blogger Dustin Gimbel, (non-secateur) I’ve grown to expect some things. First, that Dustin will be a terrific host, tour guide and fount of information. Secondly, that his delightfully eclectic garden will reveal something new, maybe something I missed the last visit. And, third, that there will be things – yes, plants, too – that I wish I could take home with me. A for instance: the suspended succulent garden above. It’s actually contained in the end of a large propane-type tank, complementarily blue-green, and fashioned into a hanging planter. From the first time I laid eyes on it I’ve coveted it …  offered to buy it … and I was spurned. Still, I’m always happy to visit it … nice to see it looking so festive in Saturday’s midday sun …

Gimbel bits

Random shots of some of the amazing plant choices, and favorite elements, in Dustin’s garden. In no particular order: Succulents, and more exotic plants, occupy interesting pots and other containers;  hypertufa orbs at the edge of a small pond are joined by a mossy Buddha’s head, hand-made by Dustin; the rebar arbor’s connectors are revealed to be tightly wrapped balls of rusted wire; the world’s largest , and most perfectly formed, cabbages line a walkway along with other perfectly appetizing vegetables and greens. The vegetable garden was new to us and really lovely. Generously, Dustin gave us some cabbage starters for Paul to introduce into a new raised bed at the Rancho. We were also the glad recipients of deep green kale stalks, another cabbage half, homemade preserves and some rosemary with an even headier fragrance than normal. But that’s not all …

Gimbel gifts

Our purpose for stopping by was to pick up a handmade concrete garden ornament Dustin had offered. In the emailed picture, the piece looked like a small volcano; I figured it was maybe a foot tall. The actual piece, however, was much larger, almost 3 times larger … and delightfully, looked like not only a science project papier-mâché  volcano but  also a crypto-phallic primitive artifact — Which is to say I loved it! But that’s not all … nosy person that I am I asked about some textured pavers stacked under something  else. Dustin explained that he’d made those, too, using such diverse textural molds as vintage upholstery fabric and ostrich skin …  and he said I could have some of them. Holding myself back I took only six of them; I can’t wait to use them in my new project at the Rancho. Oh, one more thing: at the volcano’s base there’s a concrete sea urchin lookalike. Dustin made it using a kid’s toy that strayed into his yard as a mold. He gifted me that too … Thanks for everything, Dustin!

There’s one more thing I’ve grown to expect at Dustin’s: garden blogger extraordinaire, Denise, of A Growing Obsession. She’s been there every other visit so I missed her. Maybe it’s time to have a garden blogger get-together?

15 Comments leave one →
  1. February 23, 2012 6:09 am

    your hanging cactus planter looks so pretty 🙂

    • reubix1 permalink*
      February 23, 2012 6:51 am

      I only wish it were mine!

      • February 23, 2012 6:54 am

        hehe :)… I wish I can have something like that too.. 🙂

      • reubix1 permalink*
        February 23, 2012 1:10 pm

        I’m on the hunt but …

  2. dustin permalink
    February 23, 2012 6:29 am

    Unexpected indeed. How sweet. Of course all the concrete creations look better at RR!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      February 23, 2012 6:50 am

      Thanks again, Dustin, you gave me added inspiration to get back on track… now I need some time!

  3. February 23, 2012 3:46 pm

    Yes, another get-together is in order! I’ve intensely admired that hanging planter too. It’s filling out beautifully. Winter has been all about work, crust and crumb. Looking forward to spring festivities.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      February 23, 2012 3:50 pm

      I, for one, am ready… Seems like Paul and I both have been under the weather since November… See you soon, Denise

  4. February 23, 2012 11:03 pm

    I love that planter, too. Am now searching for propane tanks to cut up… uh, maybe not. Also, crypto-phallic primitive artifact? So cool! Are you planning to plant something in it?

    • reubix1 permalink*
      February 23, 2012 11:14 pm

      Actually, Paul’s commandeering the artifact; he wants to turn it into a fountain … we’ll see who wrestles it from who’s hands and ends up using it … if you cut one end off a butane tank, you can send me the other, right?

      • February 24, 2012 2:34 am

        Maybe, baby. 😉 Actually, talking with DH makes it sound like a major pain in the ass, so I don’t see it happening. But then again, you never know.

  5. February 24, 2012 3:59 am

    thanks for saying the metal rods were wrapped with wire, I was envious because I could not weld, but I can make those, so I pinned them on pinterest, I pinned the propane tank too, I will have to call around to see if someone has them laying around.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      February 24, 2012 4:39 am

      I’d seen Dustin’s rebar arbor before but on this visit really came to understand how he connected the joints with wire: brilliant and looks great, too! Re: the tank? I’m on the lookout, too

  6. February 25, 2012 4:27 pm

    LOVE the sea urchin! And how he gets those amazing textures in the concrete. Not to mention that he shares his DIY ideas! Can’t wait to see what you come up with with your “scores”!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      February 25, 2012 4:31 pm

      I know, Dustin’s certainly a giver … I can’t wait to see how all these things get incorporated, either!

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