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Big Red Sun

Friday 12 December 2008 - Filed under Nurseries + Plants + Stores

Big Red Sun P1060776

I love to go to nurseries when I travel, to see what they have that we don’t have at home. This place, the Big Red Sun, was a great little find, with good display gardens that stretched up and down the busy street, past the boundaries of their own property, and in front of the neighboring houses.


You can’t really read it, but the sign on the planter says that this is a repurposed filing cabinet.


I have no idea what the tree was, we don’t have those around here, but it was fantastic. Sort of like a giant version of the stems of a gunnera.


They had these interesting little frames, with a combination of live plants (tillandsias) and shells and sticks and stuff. Something about them appeals to me, but I also get a little creepy hit off of them, like the episode of friends where Phoebe was trying to give away her painting/sculptures with women climbing out of the frames. Anyone remember that?

Framed planting

This was an interesting little planter. It’s the kind of thing you could easily find for nothing at estate sales, it has a sweet grandma vibe to it, and it isn’t too slick or hip. I would expect to find a traditional flowery plant, like an african violet in it, in which case I think it would go a little frumpy, but there’s a nice tension between the plant and planter.

Potted plant

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2008-12-12  »  megan

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  1. Joy
    12 December 2008 @ 9:32 am

    Now that is one very interesting nursery to visit !
    The plants trying to escape ? the frame is great ..
    Quite a change from the regular conventional nurseries I have seen : )

  2. Karen
    12 December 2008 @ 9:54 am

    Too awesome! Love the cactus planter beds in the hell strip. Definitely wouldn’t find that around here! Even their signs are too cool for words. I don’t usually let myself visit nurseries in other towns, how to avoid buying something and then having to figure out how to get it back home?! YOu are brave.

  3. Philip
    14 December 2008 @ 6:55 am

    Interesting planta and re-purposed planters!