I don’t know why large pots and planters are so darn expensive and if they are on screaming deal, you are walking. I really hate how expensive the light resin versions (poser!). That said I have had good luck scouring Goodwill for big pots at good prices and Ikea has come through on occasion. This is a story of wanting new pots but not to part with buckoo bucks and spend hours looking for one that is modern enough for our style. Enter galvanize pair of pots (from Ikea). I love galvanized metal and it does match some of our siding but the front porch needed something a little more colorful and inviting, not to mention they were rundown (and full of weeds).
The Fix! Two cans of Rustoleum spray paint Spring Green and Harbor Blue for under $10! Add a husband willing to spray paint in the wind (upstream of course) and throw down some cardboard like you are break dance till dawn. Almost a celestial picture, but it captures the spray engulfing him. We just tucked some paper inside to protect the dirt and weeds. This also allowed us to paint the part inside too.
Viola! And repeat with Spring Green.
They turned out great and really pop on our porch. The petunias smell wonderful too. Such a humble annual…… This brings me to my pet bunnies. Thinking about petunias reminds me of my childhood rabbit, Petunia, 1987. She liked to eat them and I liked to make her special pies (grass, pellets, dandelions…) to eat. Well fed. We don’t have a photo of her munching the name sake but she liked Junipers too apparently. There were several other great rabbits.
Homer was my first pet bunny. Adorable! 1983
There was Secret, the Netherland Dwarf, circa 1992.
And then there was Peanut – 1995. Peanut ending up being a money maker and lived a long happy life. I took him as my 4-H project to the county fair. He just happened to be the right weight for the market rabbit class, so that is how I entered him. No painstaking food diaries, measured pellets etc. He just ate whatever he wanted, and I am sure I made him pies too. I felt comfortable taking his as a market animal as rabbit isn’t big in the Powell County market and I heard rumors he would live on as a pet. Well, that rabbit netted me $350 in the livestock auction and I got him back! He eventually went to live out his years with a young boy on a local ranch.
Pretty sure the basket and his all-round adorableness brought in the dough (it certainly wasn’t my hair!) This photo could have been filed in my awkward years post, if wasn’t for cutey-patootey Peanut. My truck in High School was also named Peanut. No relation but similar colors….. Peanut the truck still lives on in my hometown as the Mosquito Spraying vehicle. He even got a flashing light! I wonder how long the cops followed the truck around before they figured out I wasn’t driving it any longer. If Peanut the truck could talk!
I am currently scheming how to get pet bunnies back in my life. I think I would like a house-trained bunny but pretty sure Barky McPhearson would dine on rabbit and dumplings at the first unattended moment. I also googled about raising chickens and rabbits in the same coop. Not much published literature on this practice, but would probably have to only be with young impressionable birds. Rabbits also don’t lay eggs (yes, news flash) and I wouldn’t raise enough to eat them (not sure I could, although I have had rabbit at restaurants) and the business model of raising chinchillas in the city to shear and make sweaters is a weak one at best. So for now, I get to live in my fond memories, and spot the occasional Leporidae in their more natural habitat (see Sense of Place in the Web of Life for kung foo bunnies).
Do you have fond pet bunny stories?