Tuesday, June 16, 2009

FOREVER & EVERGREEN: Questions Answered

***An update to one of our recent posts, FOREVER & EVER

The paint used? "XO Rust" anti-rust enamel—because unlike the beautifully evolving patina on each planter I did not want the green color of the shrubs
 themselves to oxidize. The color? #36 Grass green. And the amount...? Just one spray can per shrub. And the idea? It came from a true gardener and friend, Mark Kane, director of the Iowa Arboretum. Admittedly, he could have been teasing while pointing out my tendencies to shuffle well-rooted plants back and forth like furniture and to show little or no appreciation for the growing process. But a shout out to Mark nonetheless for pure genius. 

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Mouse and her main man, Lefty G. H. Edwa
rds (below), are great diggers. But I'm no gardener. I can grow nothing, plant nothing, prune nothing. So when the season changes, it's time for a fresh coat of glossy green paint on our deck's shrubbery. Yes, these perfectly coifed boxwoods used to live. Purchased in their abundant glory at Jayson Home & Garden in Chicago, we loaded their heft into the back of the LandRover and drove the five hours home, their weight leaving only four inches of our back tires visible. The square steel planters ? A custom job, fabricated beautifully by Jim Russell Designs. Their oxidized patina? A carefully calculated finish whose rich depths have taken two years to develop. Each shrub's size? Perfectly scaled to their planters. So why, just because of one especially blistering winter, would we ever consider replanting? Initially repainted last Spring, their greenery has fooled all our neighbors since. Even visitors haven't noticed. And no birds have tried to purloin their dried branches to nest. Okay, a few brown patches are now showing through... Nothing a quick spray job can't cure. 

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