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June 3, 2013

Deck Transformed, Bargains and Planters

A while back I saw this metal planter 
 at a garden center and I adopted the idea to use 
for my metal planters.
  I even got hubby to spray them with a new coat of paint.  I wanted them to look like metal so I chose this 
gray color, which turned out just how I wanted.
Now normally they have pots set in the top but it dawned on me that they just might work with the coco fiber liners and they did!

 I found some liners that were nearly perfect. 
I added plastic because they dry out too fast (of which
I poked lots of holes for drainage and some breathability.  
(We still have to freshen the deck finish the winters are hard on it)
I filled them with some rich potting soil and planted them.
Here's one with mostly red
and the other with mostly white. In about a month they will be filled out very nicely and should really start looking great!
A recent trip to Hobby Lobby landed me a few items. I found these metal trays and this swan statue and thought I'd try them 
as an accent.  
I wanted to add something more to the tray but I haven't figured out what just yet. The rusty bucket is a piece I've had for a while. The flowers look kind of sappy yet. 
 On the other side I used the other basket tipped on it's side with a new lantern in front and another rusty bucket. (pretend you don't see the shoes in the house)

  We had a frost recently and even though I protected the plants some got nipped. They'll recover.

I used this galvanized metal piece from Pottery Barn to plant with some succulents.
I got the idea from their catalog where they showed a bunch of succulents in a galvanized tray.

 This was supposed to hold flatware or condiments for a dining table, but I adopted it for this! I think I've owned it for about 3 yrs.
(by the way these are faux) (I got smart and put these here so I don't get the glass top wet)

Turning around from the chairs is my view to the backyard and my garden area

Back to my trip to Hobby Lobby.... I talked hubby into this trip to Hobby Lobby (80 miles one way) because I had a gut feeling they'd have one of these little bicycle planters that I wanted.  
We looked at some at the garden centers around town and they were very high priced ($80's)
So I jumped for joy when I found this marked down to $25!
I already had the flower pots and everything planted so all I had to do was arrange it!
So that's my bargains and planters!
My deck is transformed for the summer!

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  1. Your garden looks amazing, Liz - LOVE the planters and the flowers you chose - very creative!

  2. What a nice view you have! So nice to sit out and enjoy the weather now.
    Your planters are much nicer, than the garden centers too.
    Love love love the hobby lobby bicycle.
    I could spend all day in there myself.


    I never noticed the shoes.

  3. Ohhhhh, everything looks lovely. What a pretty back yard. All the planters look great, too. Susan

  4. You have such a dreamy garden, Liz! Love your new planters!
    ~ Wendi xo

  5. You have an eye for design, Liz! You've created a beautiful garden.

  6. Hi Liz! Your metal baskets looks great and such pretty flowers too. You're just the smartest one and even got your hubby to do the painting! ;) Love all of your little pretties you found and I love the bicycle plant holders you found! Your backyard is so lovely.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;0

  7. Great planters. Great flowers.

  8. Liz, Your planters look great! So colorful! Love the succulent dish gardens!

  9. thank you for sharing...very lovely scenery!

  10. So very pretty. Love the baskets, flowers and all. You put alot of love into your yard and it shows. Always a pleasure to visit.

  11. I absolutely adore your garden. The planters are just wonderful!

  12. Liz, Your deck, flowers and planters are great. I love you view of the garden. What a deal on the tricycle. I have my daughter's trike from 40 years ago. I once had it planted. I need to do that again, thanks for the inspiration.

  13. Your gardens are looking spectacular, but I just wanna know if Dan is rolling his eyes when you say you want to paint these planters again? LOL He must have the patience of a saint!! It looks wonderful. I think I like it better like this than with the pots in it, its a nice change!


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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