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You Just Can’t Contain Jeff

Cow skull with Tillandsia

Jeff has been goofing off again, and this time he's trying to blame Cherry.

"I have been goofing off with different sorts of container plantings (Cherry Ong's bad influence) using Tillandsia and some found objects.  The moss slab garden was my first attempt and so far so good.  Anything can be used as a planter and I have more than enough junk lying around to play with. Have fun this spring!"

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Deer skull with Tillandsia

Iron grate

Iron grate with Tillandsia

Moss slab

Pothead couple

Succulent disc

Wagon wheel with T. Xerographica

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  1. perenniallycrazy 04/28/2016

    Yes, I'm bad! Proud of it, too Jeff. LOL.

    Seriously, your work keeps getting better and better. I don't know how you top your last project each time but you do. You're quite a genius! I'm so glad and lucky to know you... and be influenced by you too. =) Time for me to copy you now...

    1. jeffgoodearth 04/28/2016

      you are my most diligent and dedicated enabler

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    meander_michaele 04/28/2016

    So many fun and different looks, Jeff, from the serenity of the moss slab to the retro Hair couple who would probably love to pull themselves off that red barn wall and find a place to go disco-ing. It's awesome that you keep stirring the pot ...(ok, pun intended) and trying new things.

    1. jeffgoodearth 04/28/2016

      I try to give them a new "do" every spring. I can only wish I had as much hair as the planterman has

  3. user-4691082 04/28/2016

    My favorite is the moss slab! I need a front end loader for Mothers Day!!!!

    1. jeffgoodearth 04/28/2016

      It isn't that big. It is on a 24" exposed aggregate concrete stepping stone

      1. user-7008042 04/28/2016

        Good to know, Jeff. It looks quite a bit larger than that-love it! Do you purchase your moss? Any hints on getting it started?

        1. maniac4travel 04/28/2016

          Hi Jeff, I found lost of stuff on Pinterest that I saved for you. Mannequins covered with succulents. The skull is wonderful. You can't go wrong channeling Georgia O'Keefe!!

        2. jeffgoodearth 04/28/2016

          I just slice it up here in the yard and lay it like sod , keep it moist and it never falters

          1. user-7008042 04/28/2016

            Thanks! If we ever warm up here (MN), I'll have to put on my 'creative cap' and see what I can come up with!

      2. perenniallycrazy 04/28/2016

        I think it's herniatingly large.

        1. eddireid 04/29/2016

          Good one Cherry!

  4. NCYarden 04/28/2016

    Super fun. Absolutely love the use of the skull, as it fits nicely with my skull obsession. And definitely on board with the moss slab...totally mossome, dude!

    1. jeffgoodearth 04/28/2016

      working on a much larger slab/crevice planting just haven't had the time to finish it up

  5. user-3565112 04/28/2016

    I am sure there are no skulls in my yard but there must be something out there I can use. The imagination & originality you guys show on this site is unending & impressive to say the least. I can't pick a favorite, good work Jeff & good luck, Joe

    1. jeffgoodearth 04/28/2016

      I did find the skulls (along with a few more still unused) just not in my yard. channeling Georgia O'Keefe

  6. janeeliz 04/28/2016

    Thanks for all the early morning garden giggles. Great ideas... what a creative gardener you are, Jeff! Yes, having fun in your garden is a good message...esp. in spring when there is SO MUCH WORK to be done! Hmm...wonder what 'treasures' I might find when I search thru all my 'junk'.

    1. jeffgoodearth 04/28/2016

      Jane, it is good to see you here,,,,,,,,you have been missed. I hope your garden is starting to wake up and I look forward to seeing it again this season

  7. bsavage 04/28/2016

    Love all of your plantings! What is the plant in planterman's head?

    1. sheila_schultz 04/28/2016

      Brenda, it's a Rhipsalis Capilliformis. You can find them occasionally at big box stores if you are lucky!

      1. bsavage 04/28/2016

        Thank you!

        1. sheila_schultz 04/28/2016

          It just happens to be my very fave rhipsalis... I love that variety! You'll have fun with it if you can find it!

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 04/28/2016

    You blame Cherry and now we are all going to blame you when our budgets go to h*ll and our yards are full of glorious found objects covered in plants. You seem to be a horticultural Marcel Duchamp. If you are not familiar with his found objects, I foresee an upside down urinal, planted with Lysimachia nummularia and signed R. Mutt, in your future.
    Tillandsia xerographica is one of my favorites. Love how you've used it.
    Crazy about your succulent dish on a pedestal. Tell me more. Pedestals? (I think I asked this before.) The dish? Drainage? Reminds me of Danger Garden's smaller metal dish planters. Coolio.
    Thanks for the inspiration. You are a genius.

    1. sheila_schultz 04/28/2016

      I'm with you, Tim... that pedestal dish is so good looking. A trio w/ different heights would be pretty darn spectacular!

      1. jeffgoodearth 04/28/2016

        I was going to do 3 heights and possibly 3 different diameters of discs but I just ran out of time maybe later I can do the other 2

    2. jeffgoodearth 04/28/2016

      Tim, the "pedestal" is actually 3 sections of an old piping system at an 1830 house I worked at. the dish on top was going to be an old disc plow blade but I saw these squirrel baffles for birdfeeders and it works, there is a large square hole in the bottom. It should fill in nicely by Memorial Day

      1. sheila_schultz 04/28/2016

        Squirrel baffle? Really? Very cool!

  9. Quiltingmamma 04/28/2016

    Ah, the creativity - and the access to 'stuff' to reuse. We city slickers would have to spend a fortune to find similar alternatives. No skulls in my yard, or wagon wheels or grates. They all provide a pretty penny to anyone selling to those rehabbing old Victorians and those with cottages. I could swing the succulent's dishc however. Duct tape a sonotube and top with my underused wok....oh the creative juices are, if I could just get a dose of your humour, Jeff. Thanks for the fun.

    1. jeffgoodearth 04/28/2016

      I have seen woks used as succulent trays as well as sausage grinders, poultry waterers, skillets, truck springs . Really anything can be used

  10. GrannyMay 04/28/2016

    Such fun!! Jeff, I was smiling before I even looked at the photos, knowing that you would have deliciously absurd combinations of plants and "stuff" to amaze and amuse us. Love it all!! Yes, sono tubes and hypertufa come to mind.... hmmm.

    1. jeffgoodearth 04/28/2016

      what is a sono tube?

      1. GrannyMay 04/28/2016

        I meant to say Sonotube - which is a form for pouring concrete columns as building supports. Your pedestals looked like they had been made that way. Those would be heavy, so I thought that using hypertufa (with some) rebar inserted for strength) would work nicely.

  11. annek 04/28/2016

    Cherry has been such a good influence! Keep it up, Cherry. Jeff, you have the most delightful eye for the weird and absurdly fun. I love all of your plantings and applaud your never-ending creativity. My kind of stuff (right Sheila?)

    1. sheila_schultz 04/28/2016

      I think we can lovingly or laughingly say 'our' kind of stuff, Kielian! Ha!

      1. annek 04/28/2016

        So true!

    2. jeffgoodearth 04/28/2016

      I think everybody needs a little jolt now and then so skulls do it and my cast iron snake REALLY startles people. I like to watch when they jump!

      1. annek 04/28/2016

        I like the way you jolt!!

        1. sheila_schultz 04/28/2016

          I'm starting to snort... Can you imagine the fun we could all have come October?

  12. schatzi 04/28/2016

    The moss slab is awesome! Love the rocks. and the banter among this group. Happy Days.

  13. sheila_schultz 04/28/2016

    Jeff, aren't you having fun working with Tillandsia's? You don't even have to plant those little suckers, and they just kind of scream out to be nestled in an eye socket... And, the best part about your newfound passion is that you don't have to wait for Halloween for a little creep interest ;)
    I'm also thrilled you are experimenting with slab and crevice gardens... they are a fun new frontier for letting your imagination run wild! Keep those creative juices flowing, kid!

    1. jeffgoodearth 04/28/2016

      Sheila, I have too many irons in the fire!

      1. sheila_schultz 04/28/2016

        There is no rush for having a little fun, my friend. For me, creativity only comes around when I have time to breathe... there will be some point this summer when you have a moment to yourself, then you can play.

  14. GrannyCC 04/28/2016

    What fun Jeff. You brought a smile to my face this morning. You certainly have everyone's creative juices going.

    1. jeffgoodearth 04/29/2016

      Glad it gave you a smile and maybe a chuckle!

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    LindaonWhidbey 04/28/2016

    Oh, Jeff, you're dangerous! Now we'll be out looking for a way to make one of those slab gardens, which will give us an excuse to finally buy a bigger tractor and, of course, the list goes on. You have a great way of reimagining "junk" that is quite inspiring. Thanks for the laughs and new ideas .

    1. jeffgoodearth 04/29/2016

      I am a natural born cheapskate so I am all about re purposing

  16. Cenepk10 04/28/2016

    Jeff !!! You're so cool. Great interpretation of your Cherry inspiration !!!!

    1. jeffgoodearth 04/29/2016

      Cherry keeps us on our toes

  17. Meelianthus 04/28/2016

    Oh my, my - the wild, the weird, and the wonderful. What an amazing collection of 'stuff' you have Jeff and you always know just how to put it all together. I love it all, especially the grates and plantings. What a 'grate' idea :)

    1. jeffgoodearth 04/28/2016

      There are people who "worry" about me! The grates just fell into my lap had never thought of iron grates before. AND I have 3 Meelianthus planted and coming along here this summer

      1. Meelianthus 04/29/2016

        Yay! It's such a great plant. I have had my Melianthus for several years but it has only flowered once, in the winter of course, beautiful dark red flowers. Good luck with yours Jeff.

  18. user-7007498 04/29/2016

    Jeff: late post as I wasn't able to get online at all on Thursday for anything fun. So here I am, midnight, Friday morning. You have done so an awesome job matching plants to great repurposed containers. So inspiring. Your creativity made me smile. Thanks.

  19. cindyhewatt 04/29/2016

    Wow, I'm so amazed to see those 'junks' has became treasure under your little touch Jeff....I'm in a big WOW to see your succulent disc placed like so, just love it!!!! Everything looks fantastic!

  20. VikkiVA 04/29/2016

    Jeff, I love how you think outside the box. What is the pink edged star shaped plant in the first iron grate photo? I just added one to my succulent planter and the edges are turning brown. Too much water I suspect? Vikki in VA

  21. greengenes 04/29/2016

    I know iam late but i just saw these on this site Jeff and they are so cool! How creative you have become or we are now learning about you and your work! So inspiring! Thanks!

  22. wGardens 04/29/2016

    Love it all, Jeff, Your creativity is so fabulous. Always something new, fun, exciting in your posts. LOVE the concrete slab; love it all!

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