Monday, September 13, 2010

An Obelisk for my Hoya

A what for my what???  I've been looking for a plant trellis made for a pot for some time that didn't cost an arm and a leg. One day I was in Ace Hardware getting paint and I spotted this marked half off. (How I love those words!) Score!!  It is called an obelisk. 

The reason I wanted one is because this plant:

got so heavy last winter, that it fell off the top of the bookcase. Do you know what a mess dirt falling from 7 feet off the ground makes? I had a basket full of magazines that it fell into. What a mess!

This plant is a Hoya. It is a direct decendent from a plant that my mom has had for years, that she got from one of my grandma's, I believe. Mine rarely blooms, but my mom's does every year now. I found this link with tips for getting Hoya's to bloom: They have the most amazing blooms. Ours have waxy looking, light pink flowers, just like in the picture.

Anyway, I want to plant it in a bigger pot and have it grow up a trellis.  So when I found the obelisk, I was a happy camper!  After assembling, I stuck it in the field that had just been plowed, to paint it.  The black was alright, but it was shiny and you couldn't see the great detail on the hoops.

So of course I painted it.  First coat:

Final coat:

Looking better, but still not there yet.  At this point, I took it in the barn and started sanding lightly.  Hubby gave me that look and said, "Whatcha doin?  You just painted that!"  Men...they just don't get it.  Anyway I love the way it turned out.  The sanding brought out the details on it.

There's my trusty sidekick again.  Such a camera hog.

Of course I had to paint a pot to match.  But it's not quite finished.  You'll be the first to know when it is!  While taking these pictures I noticed some planters in the background that I thought you might like.  It won't be long until a killing frost finishes them off.  So I preserved them in photos, to look at all winter .  I'll leave you with these:

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  1. beautiful work and garden!
    Big kisses.

  2. Very, very pretty. I love the stump planter.

  3. Your obelisk looks much better in white. I agree, men just don't get it and the little bit of sanding really brought out the detail. I love old rusty things in the yard and Grampy is always trying to spray paint them to cover the rust. lol

    Love the log planter. I read somewhere that the plants actually feed from the wood of the log.

  4. Wonderful obelisk! You did a great job!

  5. Love the it character! Love your wooden stump as a plant holder too...that's perfect!

    Great job!

  6. That turned out really pretty! Your flowers are beautiful and I love how how and where you planted them!

  7. Love how that stand turned out!! The log planter is pretty cool, too!

  8. Love that obelisk... it is so pretty! Your landscaping is just gorgeous... and the furry little model is definitely the icing on the cake. Can't wait to see the obelisk once you get the matching pot finished and your hoya planted.


  9. The obelisk turned out great... I love it painted white! Your garden looks lovely! Love how you used the galvanized bucket and stump... beautiful!
    Have a great week!
    ~ Jo :)

  10. oh I LOVE LOVE this!!! all of it.
    Im so jealous that you have that field for paint projects! lol The hubby gets mad when the grass turns colors in our yard. lol

  11. Love it...good job! Great buy! Thanks for sharing...

  12. Greetings! I somehow came upon this older post of yours... great job on the trellis! I can't wait to see it in the Spring with your flowers!
    P.S. I just became your newest Follower! :)


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