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Repurposed light fixture, now planter

Posted by purpleinopp 8b AL (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 1, 13 at 17:29

DH found this, and asked if I wanted it. Heck yeah! Took 2 glass panels out in the back for access, air flow, and for the plants to 'spill' out. That's where the sun will hit it, if at all, a few minutes in the morning on one side, a few mins in the evening on the other. He gutted the electricals for me, found a plastic pot to kind of fit. While he was doing that, I was inspecting plants, thinking about what should go in it, and where. (Obviously shade or I'd be watering the 3 oz. of soil every 6.5 minutes.) I'd pretty much decided when he pointed to some Callisia repens and said something like, 'what about this stuff?' Identical idea to mine. ...and I didn't think he was paying much attention. He rocks!

Callisia repens, about 10 little snips. The urge to stuff more in there instantly was hard to overcome, it will be hard to see the light thing by the time serious cold takes this stuff out. Any imaginings for something different next year? ...tiny leaves, total shade, needing to trim is fine, flowers would be awesome although I can't think of anything. And I LOVE tiny flowers. Hmm...

Have you repurposed a light fixture? If so, please feel free to share.

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RE: Repurposed light fixture, now planter

Wow.. that is a great planter. Trailing sedum would be lovely. It stays small and flowers. And it would overwinter.

RE: Repurposed light fixture, now planter

Very cute idea!

RE: Repurposed light fixture, now planter

lovv it

RE: Repurposed light fixture, now planter

I like that sort of thing just as decoration!
The plants are a bonus.....Wonderful!

RE: Repurposed light fixture, now planter

Thanks all!

It's totally redneck rigged, sticking out a little on the sides, but I can see it out the window in the front door there, right below the thermometer.

I don't know of any Sedums that would be happy in so little light, but do have a ton of tiny sun-loving creepers. It was a compromise putting it in the shade (in favor of my sanity, not worrying about watering that thing several times a day.) Looks like it's not getting a bit of direct light at all, I wasn't sure until yesterday. Thanks for the suggestion though! The Callisia may or may not still be alive in the spring, but I'll probably be bored with it.

Here's the whole pole, soon before sunset...

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