Wednesday vignette 6/1/16

The curse/blessing of the freelancer is a job cancellation, like I got today, on the platform just about to board a train to downtown LA.
Financial concerns aside, I’m always thrilled to play at home for the day, like joining in on the Wednesday garden bloggers’ meme hosted by Anna at Flutter & Hum.
She shares a harrowing account today of a friend in the worst kind of trouble imaginable, one of those events that will forever mark your life with an ineradicable scar dividing before & after, light & darkness.
I worked with a woman years ago who led a turbulent life, husband in jail, etc., and one of her frequent expressions about life was “Just bore me, please.”
Now that I’m her age, I get it. My sincerest hope for each new day is that it just be a boring one, please, thanks very much.

In that spirit, my WV is an update on the painted trash cans. A couple sat empty for a few weeks, ready for new acquisitions.
I found a big, beautifully grown 3-gallon of Anigozanthos ‘Yellow Gem’ and plopped it in over the weekend. You couldn’t buy the cut flowers for the price of the plant.

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I moved some more empty pots here to fill with who knows what next. This little corner is designated for the new and fabulous.
I’ll probably keep rotating new stuff in all summer. Just because. The painted trash cans have given me a new lease on summer.
The fluted can on the right is not technically a trash can but a cache pot we repainted.

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The Agapanthus ‘Brilliant Blue’ is from San Marcos Growers, still in the grower’s can.
I planted some other varieties in the ground last year but looked away while the crowns became swamped this spring.

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I think there might be one more trash can to paint. I’ll check the garage later today.

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In the stock tank behind the trash cans, the dark red lily opened a bloom yesterday.
And before this post moves beyond a succinct vignette into a sprawling gardenlog, I’ll cut it short and sincerely wish you a very boring Wednesday.

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7 Responses to Wednesday vignette 6/1/16

  1. Kris P says:

    That’s a perfect container for an Anigozanthos! The bright blue Agapanthus is sexier than the usual suspects in my garden but I don’t know where I’d put another one and I lack the energy to dig one of the existing plants up to make room.

  2. Anna K says:

    Hope you had a wonderful and wondrous boring day in your garden, Denise! Thankfully, I had a pretty boring day at work. I can absolutely appreciate the quiet joy in plain, boring normality. In fact, I tend to get grumpy when my weekends hold too much of agendas and events, when all I really want to do is puts around outside. Love the painted trash cans, and what you put in them! Not at all boring!

  3. hoov says:

    That’s my kind of boredom. Boredom is just excitement slowed way down.

  4. ks says:

    I admire your abandonment of Agapanthus elitism. I still have it but have to admeit the color on your is quite nice …and I won’t soon forget that fabu purple tinged white number we saw at Windcliff. Still, the snail hotel aspect is a problem here.

  5. Ed Morrow says:

    Great pictures of interesting plants

    One question, do the painted trash cans get hot? If they are in the sun does the soil in the can get too hot for the plant?


  6. Denise says:

    @Kathy, I think the only widely used plants locally that I won’t go near are daylilies and lantana, and I see examples of those that I admire sometimes. Greenwood Gardens has some tall, small-flowered daylilies that were very tempting to try with grasses.
    @Hi Ed — before they were painted black they held plants for a couple years, and heat didn’t seem to be an issue. I know my metal tabletops get very, very hot, but there the sun has the advantage of heating directly overhead, whereas the side walls of the trash cans don’t get that direct onslaught, just obliquely.

  7. Peter/Outlaw says:

    The blue and yellow look so gorgeous together; add the black trash cans and you’ve got an amazing combination!

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