Garden Photo of the Day

More from the ruins garden at Chanticleer

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

We finished off last week with some shots from the ruins garden at Chanticleer, and this week we have just a few more. Let me know if this is getting boring! (I doubt it…)

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

I’m not sure what this industrial relic is (anyone?) but it is the perfect accent for this pergola post, with diminutive succulents planted in each vessel.

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais


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  1. gottagarden 08/15/2011

    looks like water wheel buckets

  2. ncgardener 08/15/2011

    When I first saw the title I thought not another Chanticleer photo but I was sooo wrong. This was worth it. It is such a unique thought. I automatically started thinking, how can I adapt this in my garden, maybe on my fence post? Thanks for a great idea.

  3. kyaker 08/15/2011

    I've read through the Chanticleer garden web site several times since your photos series. It seems a water wheel in 1940 brought water from the stream garden to the pool area.
    I've enjoyed your photo series of the gardens at Chanticleer.

  4. tractor1 08/15/2011

    That sure looks like a section from an antique bucket-wheel excavator, still used today but far larger.

  5. wardvon 08/15/2011

    In the book, Chanticleer: A Pleasure Garden, Adrian Higgins (author) writes
    'The house begins to break down at this point; the pillars have lost their stone cladding and are now wooden posts. They hold chain-linked iron buckets, built to move coal from one floor to another in a downtown Philadelphia church that was demolished in the 1990s. They now contain burro's tail (sedum morganianum) and other succulents.'

  6. MiMi_ 08/15/2011


  7. sheilaschultz 08/15/2011

    A perfect form of recycling... and vertical gardening! Very cool.

  8. petuniababi 08/15/2011

    Very,very nice!!! The succulents are gorgeous!!

  9. arboretum 08/15/2011

    wardvon, thank you so much for going to the trouble of looking that up. what a fascinating bit of mechanical history.and what a cool reuse!

  10. lori53 08/15/2011

    I've been enjoying all of these photos and, living in Western PA, I'm starting to think about a weekend trip to the other end of the state to see them in real life, thanks to you. I'd love to see the seasonal changes, too. Keep them coming!

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