Monday, June 22, 2009

Adventures in Gardening... and Spray Paint.

It all started with this pot...

Seems innocent enough, right? Oooo no no no. My mother gave me this pot because she had killed whatever was in it originally. I thought it was pretty and planned on tranplanting my bamboo into it. But then I realized my patio needed some work so I decided to stop over at my neighborhood Lowes (still lovin the Metroplex) and check out their variety of flora.

Here comes the part where I have no idea what I'm talking about.

As much as I would love to say I'm the next Martha Stewart, I really don't know much about gardening, and it is about to become totally evident. As soon as I got there I saw these beautiful yellow flowers. How beautiful would it look with the yellow and the green of the flowers agains the blue of the pot! I am amazing! I want it to look full and beautiful so I'll grab two, no make it three just in case. WOOOO!
This would be a good time to mention that this pot that Mommacita had graciously given me was about 9 inches wide. These flowers that I bought (that I decided were azaleas- they were not- there were zinnias) were easily 7-8 inches wide. Nooo way was I fitting more then one in that pot. Oh yeah, and I didn't have any potting soil. Or a spade. Good job chief.

Now that I have a small jungle of zinnia and no place to put them, I went to the Wal-mart by my office later that day. I got some potting soil and I picked up a larger pot thinking I could get two flowers in there, and one in the original pot.

When I got home I realized I could fit all three in one pot, and the original blue bot was still empty. As you can tell, size and space mean nothing to me in the visual sense.

that's all three azaleas, I mean zinnias in one Wal-mart sized pot.
Enter, stage left, the My Little Pony trashcan:

A friend of mine bought this for me as a practical joke a couple years back and for some unknown reason I have kept it. At this point I have so many pots and not enough flowers, why not add one more pot, eh?? So I had JEGs hammer a bunch of holes for drainage in the the bottom and I began my first spray painting experience.
I picked a blue spray paint (as soon as I remember the actual name and brand I will edit this) and covered the whole can with two coats:

Then I got some stickers from my scrapbooking supplies and spelled FLOWERS across the front:

Then I spray painted the whole can white (again, I'll edit this when I remember the name and brand):

When it dried, I tooke the stickers off and voila!:

Adeu childhood equestrians, hello... um... spray painted can. Hm.
This is not exactly what I thought it was going to look like. What the hell, I'll plant flowers in it anyway. So I did. After a few hours I realized I didn't like the look of it so I went over it with another coat of white paint, and was a little more pleased with the outcome.
and yes, I did spray paint a leaf. 'Cause I'm awesome like that.
While I was out today I grabbed some smaller, um, white flowers (pansies maybe? I don't know) and put them in the big pot with one of the zinnias, and took the other two zinnias and put them in the original blue pot and my new flower can. I added my free rug from Craigslist and here is the patio:
Not exactly out of the pages of Homes & Gardens, but I'm getting there. And I've got a list of other things I want to try to spray paint too (that means you, rug ;)
Always & Forever,


LizzieBeth said...

Just testing to see if I can post comments to my own blog!

Shannon said...

hey there!

ok, so #1 I'm a little sad you painted over the ponies...that was home decor at it's finest :)

#2 your porch looks great! love the yellow & blues...

#3 re: glad at least your mom gave it to ya straight!