curbside broken coffee table legs to:

(Taylor) Plano, TX(Zone 8a)

Found these falling off of a curbside coffee table that was falling apart

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(Taylor) Plano, TX(Zone 8a)

ran a little hole making bit into the tops, primed, painted, then rubbed stain on, and then back off to make these chunky candle holders:

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(Taylor) Plano, TX(Zone 8a)

with the candles:

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(Kim) Philadelphi, PA(Zone 6a)

Kewl!!!

(GayLynn) Appleton, WI(Zone 5a)

Those are great! Also love the area where you photographed them. What is that growing between your steppers? Beautiful.

(Taylor) Plano, TX(Zone 8a)

Thanks, it is dichondra :0)...evergreen and no mowing

we used it to replace our lawn, too

(GayLynn) Appleton, WI(Zone 5a)

Thanks. I kind of thought that's what it was. I use the dichondra silver falls in a lot of hanging baskets. I'll have to give it a try between my pavers too.
I'm now also on the look-out for some big chunky table legs like that too..... I have the perfect spot for them. Great job.

(Taylor) Plano, TX(Zone 8a)

thank you :0)

Mukwonago, WI

seedpicker,
like staceysmom I love the dichondra! (oh yeah the candle sticks too!). staceysmom, do you think it'll survive winters here in WI?

Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

OMG, I wondered what this weed was - thanks for ID'ing it for me - it is a horrid WEED here in my yard!!!

Those candle sticks are really nice - they would look great on your patio, lit up at night.

(GayLynn) Appleton, WI(Zone 5a)

greyma, I was wondering about that too. I'm betting it won't. I think it's a fast grower though and would probably fill in quickly. I may just have to give it a try in an area and see how it performs. I really like the look.

(Taylor) Plano, TX(Zone 8a)

kayjones-
just like one man's trash is another mans treasure, one man's weed, is another mans favorite groundcover!
:0)

California has more dichondra lawns than grass... it is evergreen, no mowing, and tough as nails and xeriscape...not to mention pretty in mass...what more could you ask for??
-T

Mount Angel, OR(Zone 8a)

Some people have all the luck. LOL Those are quite a find, Taylor.

Joann

Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

Not to steal the thunder from your thread, T, but does this groundcover choke out other plants - will it hurt to let it grow in the flower beds? It is so hard to pull out - it is segmented and breaks off, leaving the roots.

(Taylor) Plano, TX(Zone 8a)

hi Joann! :0)

KJ-no problem. I don't mind. I like the dichondra better than the candlesticks, too, lol..so don't mind talking about it. :0)

you are right about pulling on it...not effective. I have wanted to transplant patches before, and found out the same thing. Now I just use a little trowel or something, and pop the entire section out of the ground.

I don't think it would choke things out, in the way that ivy might crawl up and onto other things, or grow so densely that it would choke things out, but it will tangle with other grouncovers. I've tried to pull up grass, and let the dichondra win, but usually the grass ends up pulling the dichondra with it, since they've both grown around each other.

If you want a llittle groundcover in a flower bed, I'd suggest something else, like those little veronicas('georgia blue', or the even smaller 'new century') that are both prostrate, and bloom.

Stepables.com is a great resource for grouncover alternatives, but dichondra (l think) looks best all on its own...in mass. For example, the entire lawns of it, or between pavers, or even just seeding it under a tree in the patch where nothing else will grow, but haven't really seen it used, and liked in flower beds.

So, to answer your question, I'd remove it from your flower beds. If you want to try it somewhere, maybe transplant the patches you remove.

Here is a picture of some kenilworth ivy(cymbalaria). It is a cute little groundcover, but it WILL start to climb up onto things...

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(Taylor) Plano, TX(Zone 8a)

mazus reptans is another one I like a lot, but requires a bit of water in summer. It would be great under a rose

My favorite companion for under a rose, though is walker's low catmint


mazus;

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Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

Thanks for the information, Seedpicker!

(Taylor) Plano, TX(Zone 8a)

you are welcome

here is a shot of some of our dichondra lawn as compared to the neighbor's winter rye...he had to seed it to get this color in winter,and had to mow every week, but the dichondra was nice and green, too, and now mowing.

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Mukwonago, WI

man, no mowing!! plenty of time for other things!!

(Taylor) Plano, TX(Zone 8a)

you said it!

We have half an acre...it used to take us two hours every week, to edge and mow. That is 104 hours a year saved!
We think we may have added weeks, if not years to our life! :0)

...not to mention saved money on gasoline, lawnmower upkeep, and all those emitions and noise pollution

Brillion, WI


I saw a picture in this thread that showed something similar to what I have.


Is this Kenilworth Ivy? I've been trying to get rid of it forever. It invades everywhere. It has little blue flowers and when you pick a leaf it has a spearmint smell. How do I get rid of it?


p.s. I'm new here and love this site. But, boy, the last thing I need is more ideas! Keep 'em coming!

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(Taylor) Plano, TX(Zone 8a)

nope. that is something else.

check and see if this doesn't match what you have(creeping charlie)
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/225654/

I've actually bought it before, lol...it looks great spilling over the edge of a tall container, or urn, or even hanging basket.

there is a variegated one, too:
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/31476/

Brillion, WI

Thanks. You're right. I just checked and it looks like I'll have to just keep fighting it. There doesn't seem to be much I can do organically, and I try very hard not to use other means. I did find it hard to believe anyone could like this.

Hulbert, OK(Zone 7a)

Love the candlesticks, indeed!

(Taylor) Plano, TX(Zone 8a)

thanks, wuvie!

found six more in the trash the other day, lol...but little different pattern that I don't like quite as well...

(GayLynn) Appleton, WI(Zone 5a)

You found more!!! Are you going to make candlesticks out of them too? Would love to see pictures when you are done.

(Taylor) Plano, TX(Zone 8a)

yes, there are more of them(six) but they aren't as pretty...kinda ugly actually, lol...

I don't really know what to do with them...
-T

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Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

Not ugly to me, I like them.
Love those you made.

(Taylor) Plano, TX(Zone 8a)

dahtzu-ok maybe for once in my life I'm seeing these as trash, and don't have the future vision of treasure in mind, or I just have creators block, lol... :0)

What would you do with them?

I guess if I made them into candle holders, I'd keep the square base, but use a saw to cut the top ones off...too bulky on top, maybe...

Maybe cut between the square top and first rung?

Mount Angel, OR(Zone 8a)

They are not junk, Taylor, I am sure you will think of something as you are so creative.I will be waiting to hear.

(GayLynn) Appleton, WI(Zone 5a)

I would cut the tops off too. Maybe you could cut them to all different heights. Cutting another section off of each one making them shorter and shorter. Would make a cool set. It would actually give you more that way. Paint 'em up and maybe even distress them. I don't see them as trash at all.

Dover AFB, DE(Zone 7a)

Oh Yeah! What Staceysmom said! A dozen of them at different heights...

(Taylor) Plano, TX(Zone 8a)

well, I can't do a dozen, because I only have six, lol...

But, I do like the idea of varying heights, and it would be easy, considering the design

Thanks for the suggestions!

(GayLynn) Appleton, WI(Zone 5a)

Actually you can do a dozen. Don't cut off the tops, just cut them at different sections and the tops then become the bottoms.

Hemet, CA(Zone 9b)

Dear seedpicker_TX....................I wish I had those spindles. I saw on DG a while back where they were used for garden art. They were stuck in the ground and topped with old telephone pole glass insulaters or leftover odd drinking glasses. Still looking for my "free garden spindles."
Be creative girl,....................Best wishes,
Sylvia Kinnee

(Taylor) Plano, TX(Zone 8a)

Sylvia-
I'd sure give them to you, but they'd cost a lot to ship, so there goes the free part, lol...
they are still in the garage collecting dust and waiting for inspiration :0)

Chaska, MN(Zone 4a)

Oh- I think garden art is the way to go! Pick some super bright colors to go with your garden and paint em up. then put something on top? Like bowls with polka dots (coordinating colors of course) for mushrooms, or shiny globes..... What about a plaque with house numbers, or garden sayings. I love that they are all diff legths.
Good luck!

(GayLynn) Appleton, WI(Zone 5a)

dillansnana and hillabeans I love those ideas! I'm on the lookout now for some of those spindles now!

(Zone 1)

Oooh, if they are different lengths, I can envision them painted bright colors with a different size/shape birdhouse screwed or nailed to the top of each one and "planted" around the garden!

(GayLynn) Appleton, WI(Zone 5a)

Oooooo I really like that idea!

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