My Well-Pecked Planter
This composition features a few of my favorite things: Industrial and farm implements, rusted metal fragments, succulents. I love the repeated squares and circles of the old fan grates; the rusted circular bowl that once was the bottom of a barbecue; the very vertical and wood-handled vintage wedge dolly; the huge galvanized hook at the end of a rusted steel cable knot … smaller elements include a strange little wood-handled heating coil, some giant steel chain links, an old grinder lid and a geometric grill from an old hibachi. But it’s my new planter here that I’m really crazy about …
It was originally a chicken feeder, and as soon as I saw it at my friend Bobbi’s shop, I had to have it. I loved its simple industrial design, with its deep reservoir; and it was 5-feet long, with the hard-won patina of a well-used farm implement. It also had a wire grill that must have functioned as a separator for pecking poultry, as well as four nice long legs. I couldn’t wait to get it home. Once there, I removed the grill because it would impede my planter intentions; I put it on the wall instead, repurposing it as a rack. The rest was a cinch: I laid some tight screening in the feeder’s trough-like reservoir, topped that with gravel for drainage, and loaded in the cactus soil mix and an assortment of juicy-leaf plants in blues and greens. Looked great! Then, I arranged the other elements around it, and voilá, my new planter vignette was complete.
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I think it’s quite handsome and should stand in the corner as-is for awhile … at least until I see that next oxidized-and-shapely farm beauty that’s lived a long, hard life but would look great overflowing with cool succulents.