A Flowery Friday and an Alberta Snapshot rolled into one…if you head east of Calgary to the hamlet of Carseland, you’ll easily spot this eye-catching, petunia-festooned unrestored 1949 Chevy pickup in Downey Centennial Park, just off highway 24. The truck was donated by longtime residents and in its past life, regularly transported two adults and five kids on trips off the farm.
A couple of years ago, I posted a photo of a beautifully-planted piece of farm equipment I came across at the Saskatoon Farm in DeWinton, Alberta (check it out here). Antique trucks, claw-foot bathtubs, rusted-out wheelbarrows, old leather boots…what unconventional planters have you seen or used?
love it! I could see some vines off the sides too:-) Wish I had the space to do this!
The addition of some vines would be lovely! I’m curious to see how they change up the display every year. The park has only been open since 2014 and I did not see what they did for it’s first year. Will have to go out annually and check up on it!
great shot – nothing like unusual containers. Local to me is an old harmonium planted up all along the keyboard – old bikes with flower filled baskets are nice too.
That old harmonium sounds amazing! Great idea. I do love the bicycle plantings as well, very classy.
I knew I had this image somewhere on my hard drive and your recent post sparked a search – thank you!
Rustic auto chic?
Yes! Love that! 🙂
Now that is my kind of planter!!! I love it when people do this! I’ve seen prams, old washers, drain pipes and whatnots used for planters. Lovely. have a great weekend, Johanna
It’s so great when people repurpose other objects – especially vintage or antique ones – for use in the garden! Except I’m not so sure about the toilet planters everyone is talking about…not really my style, LOL!
Great story, Sheryl. I love the juxtaposition of the two. Somewhere I posted a photo of a VW filled with blooms. I like the quiet nostalgia.
Here’s the link: https://www.google.com/search?q=vw+with+flowers&tbm=isch&imgil=aLu5KFuBmKcTtM%253A%253BKQ5a-zX-XkwZRM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Ftheverybesttop10.com%25252Fvolkswagen-beetles-in-gardens%25252F&source=iu&pf=m&fir=aLu5KFuBmKcTtM%253A%252CKQ5a-zX-XkwZRM%252C_&biw=1283&bih=951&usg=__pGPYKdbByziAEFW6rz7K9pLP-XA%3D&ved=0CDsQyjdqFQoTCNX7iIKFqccCFZAIkgodcVUMFw&ei=aB3OVdWnOJCRyATxqrG4AQ#imgrc=aLu5KFuBmKcTtM%3A&usg=__pGPYKdbByziAEFW6rz7K9pLP-XA%3D
Oh that is very lovely, indeed! Gorgeous colours!
I thought so too, Sheryl.
Love the truck. 🙂 Now the strangest one I’ve seen in person was a toilet with a planting in the bowl. Unconventional, yes, attractive, no. 🙂
Oh dear. I have seen that in my neighbourhood too. They also had the hand basin planted up. 😀
The hand basin, too? I guess it makes sense to match everything up…. 😉
Oh boy…definitely not something I’d put in my garden! But score points for creativity!
I like your photo very much. It seems such a good use for a faithful old truck. I’ve seen a toilet used as a planter too!
I’m surprised at how many people have seen toilets used as planters…I wonder if we have any around the province?
It would be interesting to find out!
One one of the finest planters I’ve ever seen, lovely!
I love how visible it is from the highway – it just makes you want to stop and admire it.
A very fine planter.
It’s definitely a beauty! 🙂
Now that’s what I call a planter! But couldn’t they have had flowers spilling out the passenger side window?
That would have been such a nice touch!
Very personal idee but here must be a lot of flowers to make a garden from it.
Yes, I would agree!