September glories 3

linnea2(z5 NY)September 16, 2006

The 4-month Dahlia! Found it at a nursery end of May, it's been blooming

ever since. The tire pot is a hose storage, the hose comes up through an

underground tube, buried under a mowing strip. I finished several hundred

feet of this kind of arrangement this season. What a relief to have water

where you need it!

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kal2769(Zone 8)

That's just great! The best reused tire I've seen. I usually don't like the idea, but your's is very nice. What is the stand part of the hose holder? The dahlia is nice too.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2006 at 9:13PM
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linnea2(z5 NY)

Thank you Keith! The stand, if I understand your question, is the wheel rim
of the tire. I only use the tires that have those, loving the fat urn shape.
I've made about a dozen and use them for planting too. Pots that size are a fortune
and these don't mind frost, or being backed into by sloppy drivers.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2006 at 9:04AM
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arbo_retum(z5 ,WinchstrMA)

linnea2 ,
you are one talented visual artist. i always enjoy seeing your combos. i would particularly love to see some 'macro' shots, the garden beds within their larger property setting.i do wish you would print out this photo and send it to thomas hobbs c/o southlands nursery in vancouver b.c. he would love it. i assume you have and enjoy his book, shocking beauty??
your harlequin planter , with its coloring to match that dahlia, is just terrific. two questions- does the paint flake off the tires, or hold its own for a long time?
also, your buried hose- are you saying you bury regular garden hose (not plumber's piping?), and in a pvc pipe
maybe? i ask because if you have a technique that does not involve the complications of a professional to install, I would so appreciate learning of your methods.
thanks much,i always enjoy your posts,

    Bookmark   September 18, 2006 at 10:27AM
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linnea2(z5 NY)

Wow Mindy, what an accolade for a lone geek like me!
Where is Winchester? Maybe we should do some show-and-tell geeking in person
some time. I'd love to see your place! We seem to have similar tastes.
I have both Tom Hobbs' books, love him! Tell him he's welcome any time!

Spray paint is pretty tenacious, ever try to get it OFF something?
I suppose, eventually it might flake, but this one was painted last year
and spent the winter outside. If it flakes, I'll just touch it up.

Here's a link to one of my posts in the Hypertufa Gallery (there are many)
where I hang out a lot, being also a concrete geek.

These "dry mix mowing strips" are, YES, very easy to do for ordinary mortals.
Especially those with lots of stone!
I've done a lot of propaganda about them since I came up with the technique.
The picture shows pretty much the whole story, you can see the flexible tubing
in the lower right corner.
There is also a detailed "tutorial", either in "Hypertufa" or "Garden Accoutrements".
Let me know if you can't find it, I'll post another link.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   September 18, 2006 at 7:22PM
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