A few years have passed since I posted about June’s Junque Garden. We’ve made a few changes: added more repurposed items, and replaced rusted out enamelware pots with some that are less rusted out! The newest repurposed items are a hog feeder turned into a planter, glass plate flowers and old gates jazzed up with brightly colored enamelware lids.
A Hog Feeder Minus Hogs
Bill purchased this hog feeder at an auction in the spring.
This picture illustrates the intended use of the feeder.
The feeder is 30 inches tall so would have required a lot of potting soil and garden dirt to fill it. Bill drilled two sets of two holes directly across from each other in the sides about 7 inches from the top, and inserted two pieces of rebar as support to hold a piece of plywood cut in a circle. He drilled drainage holes in the plywood circle. His idea was to put the soil mixture on the plywood, but I remembered a large enamelware dish pan we hadn’t used this year. I trotted out to the yard art shed, brought it back and it fit perfectly! It even had drainage holes from previous years’ use. We put a layer of gravel in the bottom for additional drainage and...Voila! A repurposed hog feeder planter! We planted vining petunias in the top and rose moss in the bottom trough. Unfortunately, some critter—definitely not a hog—ate the rose moss!
Glass Plate Flowers Pop Up in the Iris Bed
After constructing glass garden totems for a few years I decided to try some glass plate flowers. I used GE II Clear Silicone Waterproof/Weatherproof Sealant, the same one I use on the totems. Once the layers were glued together and allowed to set for a week to ten days, I glued a small flat-sided bottle with at least a one-half inch diameter opening to the back of the largest plate. After an additional couple of weeks setting time, I pounded a piece of rebar in the ground and mounted the bottle opening over the top.
Here are pictures of the flowers I’ve created so far.
Put A Lid On It!
So I did—several, in fact! Two old gates now pop with color after being decorated with antique enamelware lids, plates and pie plates.
Pots Runneth Over With Rain Then Parboil In Heat
Planting of our container flowers was delayed this year by a wet spring. Bill uses a mixture of potting soil and garden dirt in the containers but the garden was too muddy for over two weeks. Once planted, the flowers were nearly drowned by more rain, followed by searing heat. It’s a miracle these poor things survived!
Cricket couldn’t let a photo op go by!