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Thumb of 2014-10-28/pirl/a8fbd9@pirl submitted this image in the Containers category of the The 2014 All Things Plants Photo Contest.

pirl added a caption:Old, hollowed out driftwood, filled with coleuses and pennisetum.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Nov 19, 2014 8:08 AM CST
Arlene I fell in love with this container! Luckily I do not have to be jealous because I got my very own log this past summer. But mine is not planted as nice as yours. I'll have to work on it. Congratulations, well done!
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
Nov 19, 2014 8:53 AM CST
Thanks, Jennifer! I do it differently every year.

I found it on the beach one day in January and then went home, we borrowed a truck, and got it home.
Thumb of 2014-11-19/pirl/cabe39

We have many other pieces but two are solid and neither is as nice as the original.

To pot it up I use wood/bricks to get the height I need for the pots. It's both fun and frustrating.

Thumb of 2014-11-19/pirl/b39d8b

Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Garden Ideas: Level 2
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jvdubb
Nov 19, 2014 9:03 AM CST
Too funny! I did not realize the log was that big! That is even more cool! Mine is only a tiny fraction of that size!

You've got some really neat stuff there.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
Nov 19, 2014 9:46 AM CST
It's about 8' long and not heavy at all - just awkward to lift but it's in the courtyard and will stay there.

Some pieces have been too large to take home while others are nice accents in the garden. We got rid of the bird like piece (lower left) because it was too weak.

Thumb of 2014-11-19/pirl/9dfc32

Right now it's just too cold to go out looking but lots of days in winter are warm enough and sunny enough (without any wind) so it makes for a fun time to go searching on the many beaches out here, though we do have our one favorite hunting spot.

There is one more and I don't have photos of it but we've had it for years. I'll have to move it to a better viewing spot.

Thanks for the nice comments, Jennifer.

Arlene
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Garden Ideas: Level 2
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jvdubb
Nov 19, 2014 10:20 AM CST
You are welcome Arlene. You entered a bunch of great photos. I'm very slowly working my way back through the photos so I can comment on them.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
Nov 19, 2014 12:26 PM CST
You are filled with praise today and I do appreciate it!!!!!

I did enter my own favorite rose and it didn't get a single vote! That makes me laugh. The competition in roses is very strong.




Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Garden Ideas: Level 2
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jvdubb
Nov 19, 2014 12:29 PM CST
Expect more as I make my way through. As I have said over and over in various places. I was overwhelmed by the number of entries. I missed several. They all in their own way were winners. I'm glad I have a chance to let people know how their pictures made me feel, even if they didn't win.

Oh wait, I won't get to see any pictures that didn't get at least one vote. Phooey.

Well, thank you for posting that picture here! It is stunning!! My favorite color.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Plant Identifier
pirl
Nov 19, 2014 12:33 PM CST
You are very kind. I love reviewing the photos of all entries as well.

Thanks. I love it and so do the deer so if I can get one rose a year it's a big bonus.
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Photography Bee Lover Region: Utah Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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dirtdorphins
Nov 19, 2014 9:59 PM CST
This is great--I love that log and all these extra pics how you got it 'planted'--makes more sense now. I was trying to figure how you kept the soil in the log Hilarious!
and your rose is beautiful Thumbs up we needed more votes to cast
and,
now I really want a log Rolling my eyes.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Plant Identifier
pirl
Nov 19, 2014 10:15 PM CST
I'll try and get a photo of the big one - looks like an oddly shaped fish with a burnt head. It is not hollow. Many kids (probably teens or young twenties) go up to the beach at night in summer to have a fire to keep warm and they try to burn these huge limbs or stumps of driftwood but the wood gets charred and yet doesn't burn.

I doubt Fed Ex would ship it to you, Dirt!

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