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: http://www.hoyaplants.com/growingtips.htm. 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:
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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