Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Recycle an old Pole

BY SKEETER
I enjoy this torch in my Georgia Gardens. We fill the torch with citronella oil and it not only gives us light but keeps the bugs at bay as well. We purchased two of these torches while living in Germany. We found some neat things in the AAFES (Army and Air Force Exchange) Garden Center while in Europe. I have never seen these little Smokey Joe Grill torches since. I have found some similar on the Internet. We have had these things out in the weather for over 12 years and one of them finally separated at the seams. We took the top off and left the pole in place. I was thinking that something would come to mind like a birdhouse.
Sure enough, in time something came to mind.
I found this candle holder at a discount store for a mere $5.00. I took the top off and turned it upside down and over the pole. Now, I have a fake light pole! This is a little project I took on last year so you can see the weathering from being outside for a over a year. She shall need a coat of paint at some point as she ages.
I also found this Mandevilla for a bargain price of $3.00.
I love mandevillas but they are an annual in my garden and too pricey for me to purchase.
So I normally do not have them in my Gardens.
But I am enjoying this bargain in the middle of a sea of Vinca. This is how I RECYCLE AN OLD POLE, In the Garden...

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16 comments:

  1. I LOVE your pole topper and that mandevilla is gorgeous!

    Happy gardening and living ~ FlowerLady

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  2. Your re-purposed light pole looks great, Skeeter--very unique! I don't usually buy mandevillas either, but I gave one to my mother for Mother's Day quite a few years ago. She is a master at overwintering plants, and that mandevilla is still thriving and growing on her front porch.

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  3. The recycled pole looks great. I really like the glass top part. The mandevilla will quickly climb up that pole and shine!

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  4. Good for you!! Love having a Mandevilla in the garden and you have the perfect spot for it.

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  5. What a beautiful lamp post you've created! Great job!

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  6. Mom said to tell you they used to shop at RHINEMAIN all the time in frankfort cos the army px wasn't as good as the air force one...lol...they lived in a little village for 8 years...thats why she likes living in a village here cos it reminds her of the rhine river....

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  7. Recycle old things would connect to the previous era..., and will rekindle fond memories... great!

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  8. Hello all... I am currently in TN helping my parents out as my mom has had hip surgery! I just returned from the hospital and she is doing great. Hopefully, she shall be home by Friday and we can get her adjusted to life on a walker for a bit....

    Stellaroselong, We know Rhienmain and Ramstein both well as we shopped there also! I hear most of Germany Kasernes have closed. The drawdown has finally happend.

    I shall visit you all when i have a chance but for now, family comes first.....

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  9. That's so cool! I am glad you're mom is doing better. gail

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  10. I need to go shopping with you to find these great bargains and get a spark for some cool ideas...love it!

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  11. Love it. I too like Mandaville but sadly they won't make it in my garden. May try again. Great recycle, I like to recycle also. Just got an old tire. Guess what it will be?

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  12. Smart thinking! And it's really pretty! I bet it's gorgeous when the sun shines through the glass. Good buy with the mandevilla. They are an annual here, too, and I try not to pay much for annuals. Seems like such a waste. But you will certainly get $3 worth of joy out of it this year!

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  13. Great recycling job and it looks wonderful. That flower sure is a beauty!!

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