paros day 27: my upcycled view

Yes. A day late again. But I have a great excuse this time.

The weather was great so Lainee and I walked to my uncle’s place and took his dog with us for a walk on the beach where I’ve always collected sea glass and have now (once again) began collecting rope debris to make a basket.

On the way back I noticed something in the rubbish that wasn’t there before… This old stand. Its in bad condition. Rusty and bent, but it was love at first sight.

Ok, maybe not love, but it was the answer to my prayers. Sort of. See, my back ‘yard’ is a tiny cobblestone area where I grow some plants, hang my washing and store a few things in a plastic cupboard and plastic containers. Its not a lovely place to hang out at the moment.

This is how it looked till yesterday afternoon. Pots on the ground, you can see the plastic covering my seedlings in the far right, my plastic cupboard, ladder, buckets, etc. That was the view from my bedroom door. Not exactly inspiring.

I’d been thinking about moving that cupboard and putting plants in that little alcove so I’d have something pretty to look at. Maybe put a table and a couple of chairs out so I could sit when the weather was too windy out front… Maybe even the old Parian couch I’m supposedly renovating…

I was building shelves out of found materials in my mind to put plants on, but had no real plan. When I went to my uncle’s yesterday I had thought I’d look around his scrap pile for anything I could use. Then of course I found the stand!

This was the view from the other side, my area is basically from that slanted rock wall to the bamboo fence. My workbench (which houses and protects my plastic containers) actually goes into the neighbouring yard.

Notice the shopping trolley on the left, against the retaining wall? Another found object. Found rusting away in my uncle’s garage, wheels falling off, useless. Now it a new home for sweet peas.

This is the neighbouring yard. A much nicer square shaped yard than mine, with a tall brick wall on one side (illegally built by the far neighbour). The apartment next to mine has been empty since way before I bought my place. Its apparently been seized by the bank due to money owed. I’ve tried to find out about it but no one seems to know whats going on with it.

I really wish the entire yard was mine. And the apartment. I would have so much more space, I could even have a studio and workshop!

Anyway… since its empty and I’ve been cleaning the yard since I moved here, no one lives there… I figured I’d go ahead and use it till I’m told otherwise. Ask forgiveness not permission sort of thing.

So yesterday, instead of creating art, I created a better view for myself.

I brought home the rusty stand and filled it with the plants I’m babying along. These are cuttings I’m propagating and my seedlings which grew enough to put potted up. I moved the cupboard to the space on the other side of the slanted rock wall, leaving enough room for the ladder to fit in nicely beside it. Further over are my plastic tubs and potting mixes.

The view is already so much better. Just imagine how it will look once the plants grow and flower!

The pots on the stand are geranium cuttings which are starting to bud, the only lavender cutting I think might have taken, and a couple of daisies which are doing well. I love daisies, geraniums not so much, but when I see one I like I take cuttings. Lavender I think I’ll have to buy, they don’t do so well from cuttings.

The rusty trolley I took from my uncle’s holds sweet peas (seeds I ordered from England before isolation began) which will grow up the trolley and onto the rusty wire trellis (also bits I found and collected) I hung on the walls.

On the other side of the second slanting wall is a carmine bougainvillea growing on a trellis I made from cuttings at my uncle’s place. Here are the before/during/after pics of that project…

If all goes well, the bougainvillea will outgrow that trellis quickly, hence the rope to give it something to hold onto as it creeps up the wall.

Most of these plants are out the back to protect them from the strong winds out the front, plus to give them a chance to grow better than they would out the front where a large pine tree creates too much shade. Some of my plants didn’t like it out the front hence the move to the back. I’m hoping most of the geraniums will be able to move to the front once they grow. They seem like very hardy plants that can put up with a fair bit of abuse.

Some of the larger plants will move to big white pots and sit on the ground once they bush up and flower. I’ll finally have a pretty garden. At least a small oasis to look out on.

Much nicer than looking at a cupboard don’t you think?

z

6 thoughts on “paros day 27: my upcycled view

  1. Ahhh. I’m always excited about bougainvillea! I fell in love with it while on a trip to Mexico. I had it at my old home but not here.

    I forget how much wind can be had on an island. We love 250 miles inland and when we get big wind, it’s awful. (Straightline or Hurricane force). Milder wind can be 25-30 MPH too.

    Our front flower bed was re-planted about 3 years ago. The perinials have really taken off this year with all of rain we’ve had! We had “coral bells” last year who had a few flowers which were actually brown! They’ve been invasive this year but the flowers are LAVENDER! Not coral color at all! But lovely anyway.

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    • I prefer lavender and all purple and blue colours to coral, but then I also love pink, white and dark dark red. The only colours I don’t really like in my garden are oranges and yellows. In Tasmania I had one yellow daisy which I bought accidentally but I confess, it looked amazing amid all the blue, white, purple and pink flowers I had.

      As for the wind, I think the Cyclades Islands are the windiest places in Greece. 🙂

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  2. You’re lucky that the shelf came along just as you needed it!

    Our spring flowers are waning. We have just a few daffodils, iris and pansies. What’s next, I wonder?

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  3. It looks great – I love your creativity working with found objects. I hope that bougainvillea flourishes, one of my favorite plants (and one that doesn’t grow in Canada) that grows in all the best countries! Now for some of your artwork outside there. You are so lucky to be able to still walk on your beaches. Ours are shut for now. We went to Naxos (and Santorini and Athens) 2 years ago and I remember the lovely beaches. Next time Paros!

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    • Unfortunately the bougainvillea is growing but the leaves dont look a healthy colour. Maybe it doesnt get enough sun where it is, but out the front it hated the pine tree. I’m not sure what to do…

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