Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Romantic Chair Planter

July 15 update: My chair planter is doing well despite some pretty intense summer heat. The geraniums haven't filled out yet. It's probably time for a feeding and a haircut.

Ta da!

June 7 update (8:43 p.m.)

Ok, I found the "CocoPeat", in the garage, in a bag from Home Depot. Guess it wasn't hard to find after all...or, rather, it's only hard to find after you buy it and bring it home. And if you're me. I just finished planting the chair and will photograph it tomorrow. I'm pleased with the way it turned out. The only change I might have made, in retrospect, is to use one geranium with some white in the flower color. No biggie, though. I'm sure I'll replant the whole thing a few more times before retiring the chair.

Plant material:

-- 'Abunda Giant White' Bacopa
-- 'Galleria Bright Violet' trailing geranium
-- 'Picasso' ivy geranium
-- 'Lemon Licorice' Helichrysum petiolare
-- Celosia (unk. cultivar)
-- 'Devon Cottage Rosie Cheeks' Dianthus (on the ground)

Chair basket:

-- green chicken wire
-- weed fabric (as a liner)
-- potting soil
-- coconut fiber or "cocopeat"
-- vinyl-covered wire ties for attaching the chicken wire basket to the chair


-- wire cutters
-- scissors

I'm eager to plant... just having trouble finding coir liner. I thought I had some in the garage, but where is it? Did I use it all? Where did I buy the stuff? Argh.

I may have to go buy more, but it's a bit of a pain to find nurseries and hardware stores selling bagged loose coir. Easier to find are those pre-formed liners, but they're kind of cumbersome to work with and look a bit stiff.

The mini carnations will probably be planted at the base of the chair, but I hope to be able to include celosia in the chair seat. Without it, the seat plants look sweet and romantic, but celosia adds that necessary hint of passion.


  1. YES now that is looking "romantic!"Good choice in colors and plants! Now for that tea cup lantern...I know you can do it! :)

  2. Beautiful planted, and imaginitive as ever.I love your planted chairs.Its like your signature piecein your garden.I might try to emulate you one day..

  3. Turned out beautifully,I love the color combo.

  4. Absolutely fabulous! It is really gorgeous. You have such talent!