Thursday, March 7, 2013

INSPIRATION THURSDAY, SUNFLOWER TROUGH

Watering trough Sunflower Garden, image courtesy of davesgarden.com
I've blogged about using old livestock watering troughs as gardens and planters and just a couple weeks back, using one as a mini pond.  I love this one in this picture.  It's a great way to just fill it with one type of flower, in this case the lovely Sunflower (Alison, are you there?).

I think this is a great idea for a focal point in the yard.  Of course, the tractor and red barn-like building in the background are not hurting either, ha.

Hope you are having a great day!

Be inspired!

22 comments:

  1. Oh, I love this ! I saw a picture somewhere of an herb garden planted in a little red wagon..I think I'm going to do that so I can move it in and out of the sun this summer. I just happen to have a RadioFlyer out back, just begging to be sanded and repainted...
    For some reason, I didn't plant sunflowers last year..had a few volunteers...with the brutal heat and drought we had, it wouldn't have mattered anyway, I guess...

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    1. I love the idea of a radio flyer that's cool!

      Sunflowers are so "summer" aren't they??

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  2. Okay, I love this and planned to do it this year, but mine will be a little different. I am using a deeper trought, and it will be back against the wall of the henhouse. I'll put a layer of gravel in it, and leave the hole where the trough warmer wire went in open, for drainage, because once that baby is in place, it's never moving again. I won't put it out in the open like this one, because it would have to be trimmed with the string trimmer all the way around. It's still going to take quite a bit of dirt to fill it, but I'm looking forward to having a nice flower feature from this old trough.

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    1. Hi Mary ann, I half filled my tough with polystyrene peanuts from packing boxes and only filled the top half with dirt....great for drainage as well as saving on soil

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    2. Packing peanuts are a GREAT idea. It's recycling, keeping it out of landfills and doing something that helps with the environment. Thanks for the idea. And Mary Ann, I thought about that too, putting one up against the wall of the house and/or future barn.

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  3. If you found and old trough, with a rusted bottom, you could plant the sunflowers right in the ground and contain them, like a vase!

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    1. Brilliant! A great way to use something someone else might be discarded because it's "unusable" in their eyes. Cool. Thank you!

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  4. You have given me a lovely memory of my grandmother with this post.
    She lived to be 100 and the sunflower was one of her favourite flowers. She liked to see them growing and so now whenever I see them I think of her.

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    1. Aww, that's a sweet story. I'm glad it brought a smile to your face. I think of my Grandmother whenever I see Morning Glories. :-)

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  5. what a great idea. i might do this in my driveway this year in all of my galvanized buckets!

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    1. Don't you just love galvanized buckets? Galvanized anything really. Love it all. I could see something like that along a driveway.

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  6. I've been doing this for a long time. Sometimes the troughs are hard to find. Love sun flowers. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I love sunflowers too. I've been looking for some used troughs in the area since it's rural but haven't heard from anyone looking to get rid of them. I'll keep searching. I know I can buy new but I'd like to salvage one destined for the trash if I could.

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  7. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing I am going to try this on my farm this year !

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    1. Do it! And let us know how it comes out. Sometimes I have to live vicariously through all of you until we can get to it. :-)

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  8. I love this picture, it makes me wish I had a farm! I love Inspiration Thursdays.

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    1. Thank you, that's very sweet. Much appreciated.

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  9. Thats really pretty I saw one at a garden visit that had ping zonal geraniums in and that was gorgeous too

    I have trough which we painted and I am in the process of planting with herbs, a great way of using up all those leaky troughs

    We also have an old rowing boat I would love to fill with flowers but thats a much bigger project

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    1. Oh my gosh a rowboat would be so cool. You know what would be neat? To put it (the rowboat) in a bed of blue and white flowers!

      Keep us posted!!

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  10. Be careful which kind of packing peanuts you get ... I went to a shipping office and got some and they were a kind that sort of composted themselves and pretty soon my dirt fell way down in the pot ... bummer ... not what I planned .... and here I thought I was so smart! Look for ones that don't decompose on their own.

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  11. Sunflowers are the flower of joy! I also like Inspiration Thursdays. I'm never going to own a farm but luckily I can visit you and see how much of your vision has come to fruition. <3

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  12. I've been using aluminum pop cans in the bottom of large planters for years. The don't crush much from the weight of the soil and they have built in drainage. If the flowers aren't deep rooting, they don't need that much soil and it makes the planter so much lighter. I don't think there's an issue using aluminum. The flowers haven't minded anyway.

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