Garden Photo of the Day

Jeff is ready for Halloween!

Today’s photos are from Jeff Calton down in Tennessee. He says, “I had some free time and some leftover plants, materials, and junk, so I threw this 4-foot basket together and hung it from a tripod of leftover 2×4’s. Hopefully it will carry me thru Thanksgiving. Gotta love leftovers and junk! Not too autumnal and not overly creepy…kinda sorta.”

This is so cool, Jeff! I think the snake is my favorite element. I’m most impressed, though, by the fact that you still have the energy to be creative this late in the season! I’m pretty much done in for the year. Am I the only one who feels this way? No mums for this gardener–I am toooooo lazy this time of year….

The season is winding down, everyone! Get outside with that camera. We need to see your garden! Yes I said NEED. Not WANT. NEED.

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    meander_michaele 09/08/2014

    Great use of "leftovers", fact, positively fun and inspired! Hey,are you as creative in the kitchen with whatever leftovers are hanging out in the fridge as you are with plant material? If so, ha, you are the perfect man and your wife Rhonda is extra lucky.
    I'm so glad you included all the close-ups so we could really enjoy all the clever details. You definitely have me putting on my thinking cap about what I can scrounge together for a fall display.

    1. user-1020932 09/08/2014

      Mike, i DO know my way around the kitchen but it doesn't happen often in season. the perfect man comment made me laugh, i mean, that fifth parrot does have to stand on one leg

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        meander_michaele 09/09/2014

        Ha, you've got everybody but a few of us wondering what the heck the deal is with that fifth parrot...we'll keep em guessing!

        1. jo_anne_jones 10/13/2014

          So happy to see Jeff Calton's work here .... so I'm going to share this in all ways possible. I've been to Jeff's yard many times and taken others for a tour. He is really the finest "landscape artist" I've ever seen. He also knows how to throw a Halloween party! It is an "understatement" that he knows his way around the kitchen.

  2. perenniallycrazy 09/08/2014

    Looks like Fall is your favorite time of the year Jeff. Oh what fun to see the spiders out, the snakes, the skulls, and all things macabre big time. I love it!

    1. user-1020932 09/08/2014

      Cherry, i had no idea this was posted as a photo of the day spread, you're the official gpod announcer. i do love halloween and start a little early i guess

  3. perenniallycrazy 09/08/2014

    Here are your enlargements Tim Vogt and Granny May and anyone who is interested. Please click on each photo to open to a new window for a hopefully larger photo.

    1. GrannyMay 09/09/2014

      Thanks! I really do appreciate being able to see and enjoy the details! But how are you doing this? Do you download from Jeff's FB and then copy them into the post?

      1. perenniallycrazy 09/09/2014

        Exactly Granny May =). A little work but worth the effort.

    2. terieLR 09/09/2014

      Thank you, thank you!!! Nothing like clear photographs. :)

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      Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 09/09/2014

      Completely awesome to see high-res, clear photos! Thanks for your time and indefatigable effort!

      1. annek 09/09/2014

        I second that Tim! Perennial's energy always enthuses me! Thanks for the Photos Ms. PC

    4. sheila_schultz 09/09/2014

      You are the best Ms. Perennial... for sooo many reasons!

      1. annek 09/09/2014


  4. user-1020932 09/08/2014

    nice surprise, Michelle! i had no idea you were using these. Cherry keeps me up to date on things. late in the season? we're just gearing up for fall and will be going like gangbusters till mid december, we do NOT want santa to be skinny. lots of containers will be flipped the next 2 weeks for fall color, thanks for using these pics, this was a fun basket to put together. the kids really love it and that snake is cast iron from Tamarack WV

  5. GrannyMay 09/09/2014

    Perfect for Hallowe'en and just for fun at any time! Jeff, how on earth do you hoist a 4-foot basket full of all those goodies?

    1. user-1020932 09/09/2014

      May, you hang an empty basket and work from there

  6. wGardens 09/09/2014

    Jeff, I so enjoy your creativity and talents! Keep 'em coming!

  7. annek 09/09/2014

    I was hoping to be the 13th commenter but misses my chance...bwaaaa haaa haaa. Your energy and fun spirit reign. The spider and web are perfect foils for Halloween Tom foolery. Don't work too hard out there mr. Parrot perfect ?

    1. user-1020932 09/09/2014

      oh, my. you know about the parrots too?!?!?!?

      1. annek 09/09/2014

        I may have been the instigator of the original story. ?

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 09/09/2014

    Looks completely awesome,Jeff. The composition of plants and found objects is perfect, but I have to admit that what is really catching my eye is that crazy pineapple/bromeliad thing! Super cool!

    1. user-1020932 09/09/2014

      yep, Tim, that's a pineapple! leaves like steak knives and they do cut to the bone

  9. thevioletfern 09/09/2014

    Love it! Living art. I bet a real spider moves in. I have so many spiders in my garden it's beginning to creep me out! I think the tripod hanger is genius! Not to mention your talent for making junk into theatrical art. The plant selection is wonderful, too.

  10. schatzi 09/09/2014

    Halloween is my least favorite holiday, but this is amazing! Jeff, you are so creative and inventive. I am really impressed with the substantial tripod. And P.C., the clear enlarged photos are awesome. Thank you. Jeff, you have a lot more energy than I do anymore. Clear to December??? Awesome.

  11. sheila_schultz 09/09/2014

    Jeff, as always, I like the way you think ;) You had some excellent leftovers for for this fun work of art. I'm guessing you didn't need to scrounge around for too long to find the different elements? A skull and a pot head... two of my favorite things!
    And... I'm with Michelle, your energy level always boggles my mind. Here I'm almost looking forward to the migration of all of my cacti and succulents inside for the winter and emptying my containers so I can take a break from watering and here you are looking forward to your big changeover to Fall and then the holidays! Yikes!!! I think I must be drinking the wrong tonic ;)

  12. user-6807720 09/09/2014

    Jeff, I am seriously going to have to make some of those hand-forged steel snakes for my garden now! Should I sneak them into the garden and see if Michelle notices?

    1. user-1020932 09/09/2014

      Rob that snake has given me so much pleasure just watching people's reaction. i'll take a more clear and distinct photo and get it to you.

      1. user-6807720 09/10/2014

        Thanks, Jeff! I'm hoping for the same kinds of reactions once I have a snake in my garden too.

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