Garden in a Box

June 5th, 2011 in blog, projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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The little box with bright flowers is a vast improvement over my shop class inspiration!
This was a gift to me from our good friend Georgia. It was used for many things before taking refuge under my bed. Junk is flexible...I love that! This summer it is taking up residence on my front stoop. Thanks Georgia for a gift that just keeps on giving!
Because I am putting plants in the box I needed some drainage holes. Drill, baby, drill!!
I also needed to lift the box off the ground so the box would not sit in a pool of water. I added screws at each of the four corners. Thar she blows!! The screws are just there to give the actual leg some stability. I need some stability in my life. i wonder if a simple screw will do it? Hmmm... Ah,hahahaha! I think I must be a bit giddy. The sun is actually shining in Minnesota. Wow!
The legs are insulators from an electric fence. Ive used these many times before. You know what they say dont fix it if its not broken. I applied a little glue, slipped the insulators over the screws, and allowed to dry.
Instead of fuzzy pink fabric I opted for something a little more organic this time. Otten Bros. Garden Center and Landscaping carries some pretty cool stuff for those who like to create. This Super Moss Instant Green is a great product and one of my staples all year long. It is reusable if you like, but in this case I measured, cut, and glued it to the inside of the box. Just like in shop class! I was careful to not cover any of the words inside the box. That would be bad!
See Sue cut. Cut, Sue, cut. Sorry, I couldnt help myself!
The inside of the box top is very pretty so I wanted to make sure everyone could see it. I went to the woods to find the perfect stick and glued it into place to prop the top open.
I like to throw some unexpected items into the mix. Seems like croquet ball reproduce like rabbits so I have plenty on hand to play with. One simple croquet ball in a coordinating color make all the difference!
Rocks and pebbles are also a staple for me. They add another layer of texture and a bonus organic element. Mosser Lee River Rock Soil Cover did the trick for this project.
The pot filled with rocks is just a nice simple addition and gives your eye a place to rest.
I could have played all day with this little vignette. It is was like creating a fairy garden. The plants inside the box were put in containers so that you still see the inside of the moss lined box. You can remove the plants and exchange for others or you could add an arrangement of fresh cut flowers and a candle in a hurricane and employ it as a centerpiece for an outdoor table. The possibilities are endless! My color way and selection of plants was driven by the size of the container and the colors on the box. I hopped over to Otten Bros. and picked up some Gerbera Daisy plants, a Begonia, Blue Salvia, Alyssum, and Sweet Potato Vine. The colors of these plant materials made the the box pop. Thats a good thing.
The little box with bright flowers is a vast improvement over my shop class inspiration!

The little box with bright flowers is a vast improvement over my shop class inspiration!


Cleaning under my bed generally produces some pretty amazing stuff. If you are a true junker you know exactly what I am talking about. Sometimes treasures get put away and resurface when the time is right. This is indeed the case with this colorful box. When I looked at it, it reminded me of high school shop class. Yes, I took shop. Does anyone remember your first assignment? Mine was to build a box and like everyone else in my class I lined it with that hideous fuzzy fabric in a lovely shade of hot pink. I wonder if my Mom saved that. Hmm.... Any hoo, that assignment was my inspiration for this planter box. You have to get inspiration from somewhere!! I also get inspiration from Otten Bros. Garden Center and Landscaping. Flowers have a way of making me downright joyful!


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Comments (6)

RustyDiva writes: Beautiful - love the colors and graphics on the box. It's so hot and dry here that I haven't planted anything. You've inspired me. Thanks.

Kenda Posted: 9:38 am on June 7th
suewhitney writes: Thanks all! Donna....glad I could bring back a special memory of you and your children.That is a big piece of working with vintage items. Candy in the fairy houses? Adorable!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 7:58 am on June 7th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: SUE,
What a beautiful arrangement.I love flowers myself.That box is what sets it off.Have a nice day.ROBERT. Posted: 7:08 am on June 7th
JunkArchitect writes: I'm not much of a fairy garden kinda guy but I can appreciate the work you put into this beautiful creation. It's such a cool old box and the insulators make perfect little feet...AMAZING!
I have nothing under my bed except some dust balls. Does that disqualify me as a true junker?
I still have my very first wood shop project and it's a little box too.

Oh, and Georgia does give the best junk gifts!

Jim
Posted: 8:21 pm on June 5th
georgiamoon writes: Wow wow wow...that is fabulous. I am so glad you braved the deep dark recesses under your bed....AND I am also glad that I gave you that box or it would probably be under MY bed, and looking, not nearly so beautiful. What a gorgeous arrangement. It looks is as if all the elements magically appeared on your porch because they belonged together.
Your pal,
Georgia Posted: 5:48 pm on June 5th
Funky_Junk_Donna writes: I love it! The box wears gorgeous graphics! A fairy garden is the perfect description.

Reminds me of the fairy houses we made while camping when my son was young. I'd get the kids in the campground to create their own fairy house nearby. Plenty of sticks, rocks and moss were always used.

Then when they weren't watching, I'd race in and put surprise candy in them once a day. Thanks for the sweet memory!

Donna Posted: 2:40 pm on June 5th
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