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July 15 update: My chair planter is doing well despite some pretty intense summer heat. The geraniums haven’t filled out yet. It’s probably time for a feeding and a haircut.

Ta da!

June 7 update (8:43 p.m.)

Ok, I found the “CocoPeat”, in the garage, in a bag from Home Depot. Guess it wasn’t hard to find after all…or, rather, it’s only hard to find after you buy it and bring it home. And if you’re me. I just finished planting the chair and will photograph it tomorrow. I’m pleased with the way it turned out. The only change I might have made, in retrospect, is to use one geranium with some white in the flower color. No biggie, though. I’m sure I’ll replant the whole thing a few more times before retiring the chair.

Plant material:

— ‘Abunda Giant White’ Bacopa
— ‘Galleria Bright Violet’ trailing geranium
— ‘Picasso’ ivy geranium
— ‘Lemon Licorice’ Helichrysum petiolare
— Celosia (unk. cultivar)
— ‘Devon Cottage Rosie Cheeks’ Dianthus (on the ground)

Chair basket:

— green chicken wire
— weed fabric (as a liner)
— potting soil
— coconut fiber or “cocopeat”
— vinyl-covered wire ties for attaching the chicken wire basket to the chair


— wire cutters
— scissors

I’m eager to plant… just having trouble finding coir liner. I thought I had some in the garage, but where is it? Did I use it all? Where did I buy the stuff? Argh.

I may have to go buy more, but it’s a bit of a pain to find nurseries and hardware stores selling bagged loose coir. Easier to find are those pre-formed liners, but they’re kind of cumbersome to work with and look a bit stiff.

The mini carnations will probably be planted at the base of the chair, but I hope to be able to include celosia in the chair seat. Without it, the seat plants look sweet and romantic, but celosia adds that necessary hint of passion.

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