Hello and Welcome to Ten Gables Cottage,
Have I had a fun time today! I asked what in the world I could do with this little stove sitting in a corner of the back porch. I got some great suggestions, so today I tackled it using most of the suggestions! I just took white and green paint and dabbed it like crazy here and there on some of the rust spots and where the paint was flaking off. I didn't really want to carry the really heavy cast iron stove out into the yard to spray paint it, so I just dabbed here and there. Then I planted the back where a stove pipe would go if one really used it (Not going to happen in Florida). I used a spiky tropical plant and some Wandering Jew or Zebrina pendula. It is easy to grow and I have some already in the yard, so I just pulled up some pieces to use. It will root in soil, no problem.
Then I put a pot inside the stove and planted a Polka Dot plant turned on it's side and impatiens. It is sort of dark inside, but in the morning will get some sun, so it should be o.k. I added more Wandering Jew and you might see a couple springs of variegated ivy, which is artificial, but it does add a bit to the whole affect. But it still needed something, so I found a bag of different mosses and lichen I had bought and I got out the old glue gun and glued some here and there. I sat the old chair next to it with Begonias in a pot and more Wandering Jew in the pot pockets. An iron bunny completes my display. It is right by the back door, where everyone comes to when they visit, so now I have a welcoming display. I think it is a big improvement, don't you?
Happy week end! Egretta