An Old Weathered Gray Chair

March 26, 2012
The weather had been unseasonably warm for the last couple of weeks and shorts, capris, and flip flops were seen all over town. AND of course our snow has all melted. (Not to say we won't get more before spring is here to stay.)

I just returned from a weekend in the Twin Cities, where the leaves are popping out everywhere and the grass is green.

But here in northern Minnesota, we still have brown grass and no leaves, and today is actually a little blustery cold.

Sitting out on my deck is an old weathered chair with a lifeless plant still in it from last summer.

This chair is a neat weathered gray from the elements. It actually looked a lot like the chair in the photo below (minus the wood turning), when it started out it's life as an outdoor chair planter.

After removing the woven seat, adding a chicken wire basket, either moss or a pre-shaped basket liner and soil, it was ready to plant.

I certainly didn't invent or create the idea of planting in the seat of a chair, but I have been doing it for a long time.

I love the gray patina of the wood with the beauty and color of the flowers. It's shabby chic, a perfect blend of contrasts.

Not sure what to plant in my chair this year. Two years ago, it was a yellow surfina petunia and raspberry trailing verbena.

And last year a yellow bidens.

Update: This photo was edited using Courtney @ French Country Cottage's recent tips for Picasa.

It is so fun to plan flower pots and beds! (Even if I can't plant until the middle or end of May.)




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  1. Love it! Come and re follow me I lost my old blog had to start over

  2. Carlene: I love that chair. I think it's much easier to plant containers than in the ground. For some reason you don't have the weeds and it's not as much work to keep up. And then have the container be a chair looking like yours is the ultimate..Happy Monday..Judy

  3. i have seen this done before and yours is just gorgeous...I think I really need to find a chair for my yard!!...

  4. Carlene, you have the greatest ideas so I just added you to our blogroll! I am looking for a similar chair so I can do the same.

  5. How fun are those chair planters!! I'm loving each one! Guess I need to find an old chair to do this with...just beautiful!
    Miss Bloomers

  6. What beautiful flowers! I love spring. I'm glad that spring has arrived early in New Jersey.

    Visiting from Outdoor Wednesday.

  7. I know you must be itching to get out and enjoy some sun and warmth, hopefully it won't be too much longer. IlLook forward to seeing what you plant in your adorable chair planter this year!

  8. Oh you are really very creative, and the color contrasts are so fascinating. The profusely blooming plants look more valuable and elegant when sitting at that chair. How i wish that in our area, termites will take a longer vacation and leave all our wooden structures alone.

  9. Lots of love and imagination went into this chair and flower pot! Great job.
    Joyce M

  10. Wonderfully creative idea ~ beautiful photos ~thanks, namaste, ^_^ linked w/ Outdoor Wednesday

  11. The flowers look beautiful against the weathered gray. Love what you did with the photo as well.

  12. Old chairs are such fun to use as planters. Your weathered chair looks beautiful with plantings from years past.
    Mary Alice

  13. I love that old gray weathered chair, really loved all the yellow spilling over the edge, it was warm here for a week & everything started to bloom, not it is Brrrr Cold, March came in like a Lamb here in Michigan, so I guess it is planning on going out like a Lion ~ could mean Snow ~
    Thanks for sharing with us, hope you'll get a chance to stop on by too~

  14. We can't plant here in CT until the middle of May at least. Love the chair. I've got a chair outside, too. I pick up old chairs off the side of the road and then plop a plant on them. Doesn't matter if they are perfect. Sometimes it's better if they're not! Best wishes, Linda

  15. Love the planted chair. Been seeing those around more and more.What a clever idea.

  16. Love your chair! Love the chicken wire idea
    I have a chair with no bottom in it... I might just give this little project a try!
    Thanks for sharing it!

    via FJI- SNS

  17. I love your chair planter, just beautiful! I am your new follower and would love to have you follow me back.


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