a gift from Rancho Reubidoux

My flea market buddy, Reuben, stopped by recently to pick up some odds and ends left over from the flea, but very, very kindly left behind a few of them, including this wrought iron orb that I was particularly smitten with, which now hangs on a short chain under the pergola. The bromeliad perched on prongs welded to the base at the center is Aechmea recurvata ‘Aztec Gold,’ its roots mossed up in soil and tied with string. The orb is just as stunning left empty, lit with a candle, filled with tillandsias, draped in Spanish moss, etc., etc. It is so typical of Reuben’s restless, playful creativity to source objects that can take on a number of guises and functions.

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(Thank you again for your big-hearted generosity, Reuben.)

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5 Responses to a gift from Rancho Reubidoux

  1. Mark and Gaz says:

    A very stylish orb, and just the right plant for it too!

  2. Kris P says:

    Very nice and a perfect addition to your garden!

  3. Denise says:

    M&G, I’m finding more and more a bromeliad is always “just the right plant.”
    Kris, some people collect shoes…for me there’s nothing better than something new to play with in the garden.

  4. gardenbug says:

    At this time of year it is difficult to gift plants…but they are often the perfect solution for special people. 🙂 Lovely orb.

  5. Denise says:

    ‘bug, I will always count you as one of the latter — (special people, not orbs!)

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