My third and final spring break project is also completed. We repotted the lemon tree that came with the house into this copper barrel (purpose unknown) that we found at our last house.
Only when we brought it over to our new digs, it looked more like this:
Albeit it's not perfect, a little smacking around with a rubber mallet had it less bent out of shape. In my mind, the imperfections and the weathered patina make it really charming and special.
Then it was time to line it with mastic, basically roofing tar, since copper is not conducive to plant grow (according to our green thumb friend). Two sticky coats of the stuff later and plenty of time to dry, and our repurposed pot was looking like this:
You can see in the pic above that Ryan built a little base for it out of the former bench wood to allow the water to drain out.
Then it was time to repot the lemon using the last of our black gold topsoil, and marvel at the finished product.
It's perfectly positioned on the severe angle that was left after we jackhammered up part of the patio. The lemon is in full sun now, completely out of the way, and it really softens up that awkward patio corner. Here's the view from the living room.
We couldn't be more pleased with our almost-free lemon tree and copper pot; for the cost of roofing mastic, we have a flowering lemon tree in a unique and beautiful custom planter.
Is it just me, or are you repurposing everything you can get your hands on these days?