The way to a gardener’s heart…
You can keep all your chocolates, mushy cards and cut flowers. If you REALLY want to wow your gardener, give her a plant stand!
My gardener Lisa needed a replacement plant stand for a wire one that was rusting away. The footprint was so narrow that we didn’t need the usual 4 legs, and frankly I wanted to make a new design. I came up with this three legged stand, a tripod without the usual angled tripod legs.
Lisa suggested I could sign it with my wood burning set. I made some cartoon sketches (first image), picked one and burned it in – a perfect combination of cartoons, carpentry, plants and love….
Happy Valentine’s Day to All!!!
Not my last stand…
Lisa found a big fern, and so another plant stand was needed. But for this stand we needed less height.
In my 3D model I looked first at a diagonal option before settling on a very simple, very strong rectangular design. Construction is my usual over-built chunky redwood.
Figure 1 Diagonal option
Fig 2 Final rectangular design
Fig 3 My goal; a happy gardener
Figs 4 -8 Finished stand
And there will probably be more…
Replacement for an old willow bird house (not built by me) that, due to water and weather and age, was falling apart.
The stand I was replacing was about 4′ high, providing a place for the tillandsias above the surrounding plants. Tillandsias like air movement so, like my tillandsia stand 1, this is built out of spaced wood slats. The spaces between the slats provide plenty of openings for the wind, and places to fit tillansias. It’s sort of a fruit crate with legs, built from redwood and cedar.
.Digital model used to design the stand, prepare the materials list and build it
.Photos of the completed stand before being placed in the garden and receiving the tillandsias
.Stand in place, merged into our beautiful garden