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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Danger Gardenette Gets a Floor.


Perhaps you remember last spring when I cleared out this area, formerly a thicket of interesting but overgrown shrubs, to make space for my growing collection of potted succulents and cacti that had outgrown their former place in my garden.  I've called the collection The Danger Gardenette in honor of Loree at Danger Garden whose enthusiasm for this group of plants, especially agave,  influenced me to grow them.

The previous location.  The plants were covering too much of the path. 


Here's a view of last spring's effort in progress.



Beginning to add plants.



More or less finished.



A view from the fall just as the greenhouse was being wired and days before these all moved inside for the winter.


Once the plants were all taken away, the empty space was fairly ugly.  (Forgot to take a picture.) When we emptied the garage for the conversion, there were many piles of free pavers that had been stored in the garage but were now uglifying various parts of the garden.  The idea of using the pavers to make a better-looking floor for the D.G. would solve two problems so one day, I did just that.

This will look much better in the winter than the random collection of stands sinking into the  weed-filled mud.  I've started moving a few plants out for the summer.  For some strange reason, there are more plants this spring than there were last fall. Some may become permanent greenhouse residents. The migration begins!

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  1. Looking forward to seeing how GD will look like later in the season!

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    1. Me too. Can't believe how many plants need to be hauled outside.

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  2. Hey, awesome job! All the different pavers created a really pretty carpet effect.

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    1. Thanks. It was fun playing with the pavers and getting them out of the way.

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  3. How is it possible that you have more plants now? A strange thing indeed. It's great to use up leftover pavers and find a solution to a muddy mess all at the same time. A photo of the final display is here by requested.

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    1. I'll be happy to post a photo of this year's display! It seems that someone likes to buy plants and with all of that space to store them...

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  4. You have plenty of room for some permanent residents in the greenhouse, and they would make nice companions for the tomatoes and give a bit of ambiance to the place if you ever do decide to sit out there (not likely.) The Danger Gardenette is looking very nice.

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    1. Right you are, Alison, tomato companions.

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  5. Nice work! I don't remember seeing a photo of the DGette full of plants last year, but it looks amazing!

    I've always wanted to use some chimney liners (is that what they're called?) as planters or pot stands...

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    1. Thanks, Alan. The chimney liners are great fun and I had the good fortune of finding them at a used materials yard for five dollars each!

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  6. What a great idea! Can't wait to see the assemblage.

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca. I'm looking forward to getting all of the plants outside again!

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  7. Isn't it odd how they multiply when you're not paying attention? I love the floor (stage) you've created (nice work!) and would also like to see a photo of the finished design.

    Andrew took pity on me and helped with the basement migration yesterday. They're all outside! Of course they're huddled in the shady corner so as not to sustain sunburn on their non-acclimated pale skin.

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    1. It is odd indeed. That strange plant multiplication must happen to you too. Thanks, it'll be easier to keep things from tipping over with the pavers in place.

      Hooray for an empty basement! That Andrew is a keeper!

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  8. Dear Mr. TOG ... You are such an artistic garden soul ! .. what a beautiful little piece of heaven for these plants you have made. I so wish I could over winter some of these beauties .. I have to admit to being a serial killer of "house plants" I just don't know what happens but they all seem to meet a grisly end with me as their caretaker ... something like out of a 40-50's movie .. very camp ! haha
    Thank you so much for the advice on how to create more of these glass flowers .. I just fell head over heels in love with this one : ) .. I am afraid this is going to be an expensive year .. I better get the whip out and behave myself ! LOL
    Love all of your lovelies !
    Take care
    Joy
    PS ... you are so lucky to have a greenhouse ... when we win the lottery, I am going to have one too!! LOL

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    1. Oh golly, thanks Joy. I usually kill houseplants but when they're in a greenhouse and you can water them with a hose, it's a bit more like gardening outside. You're right, I'm very lucky to have the greenhouse. There are some really great kits available that don't cost an arm and a leg. Keeping a greenhouse heated in your climate might be a bit of a nightmare.

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  9. Very nice display area for DG-ette . With drought conditions I have ever more justification for buying more succulents !

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    1. Oh yes, you'd be helping the conservation effort! Buy away!

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  10. Hello! I noticed your comment on Nadezda's blog and came for a visit.
    Lovely photos of your wonderful Danger Gardenette!

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    1. Thank you Sara, I look forward to reading your blog!

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  11. Ha! Love it! Hope you plan to add the sunglasses again. Nice touch :).

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  12. Great work! I too like all the succulents with sunglasses. I may steal that idea.

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  13. I like the new floor/patio and the fact that you use different stands of different heights for the plants. If there will be a spare spot, you can put a chair there, to admire and to be surrounded by your prickly babies.

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    1. ooops, sorry, it's me, Tatyana, I came from my other blog...

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    2. Thanks, Tatyana, the brick area will be covered with plants but there is a patio of sorts that you don't see in the pictures where there is always some sort of seating. I recognized your cute puppy and red flowers in your avitar.

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  14. I love being able to reuse building materials. Great work there. I think you have as many potted specimens as Loree does!

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    1. Oh, I think that the divine ms B has me beat!

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  15. Fun! What are your plants doing on those cold nights in the green house! Happy spring!

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    1. What consenting adult plants do behind closed greenhouse doors is their own business but I think there was a lot of huddling together for warmth!

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  16. Love those succulents and the solution for the display area is really creative...well done, sir!

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  17. Where did all those plants come from? Do they open the garden gate when you are not looking and invite their friends in?

    Seriously, looks great!

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    1. I think they do invite their friends to party! Crazy things. Thanks, Hoov!

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  18. Yes, you do have an amazing collection of succulents there! Nice job with the pavers, too. I'm inspired!

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    1. Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed my fun with pavers.

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  19. Nice. It's fun to see transformation. I don't know its name but I sure do like the copper colored agave? In the lower right of the last photo. Stunning.

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    1. Thanks Sharon. That's actually an agave made of steel which is just starting to rust.

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  20. You have made a super new area for all your plants, so many for you to accommodate! Well done with the pavers, it looks really good.

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    1. Thank you Pauline. I think I'll be happier especially in the winter when the pavers are visible.

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  21. Wow Peter, you really work hard with your garden and so many plants. The pavers look good in that place :)

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    1. I love playing in the dirt! Thank you Lisa!

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  22. Looks good! I also have a large collection of random pavers and need to come up with some creative uses for them.

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    1. A plant patio for a collection of pots?

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  23. You are in Danger of having to drop the "ette", but then I guess nobody can really keep up with Loree. You remind me that I must interrupt the great weeding project to turn attention to the great migration. Zebras and such have nothing on us.

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    1. Loree combines a fabulous style sense with her passion for plants. I just have a lot of specimens.

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  24. Don't you love it when a design idea pops into your head? It's like a rush and you want to just get out there and do it right now. Your DG looks great with its new floor. All the better because you already had the supplies!

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    1. Free supplies sitting around at the same time as an idea hits is the best!

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  25. What a fabulous display, and the floor just makes it even better. More is more!

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