We live in a great house on the Hillsborough River, however, the landscaping in the front leaves a lot to be desired. Our house faces a busy street, and there always seems to be garbage in the front yard. I have placed a trash can on the side of the house permanently so that I can pick up the trash in the yard and drop it in as I come in the house each day from picking my oldest daughter up from school. Ugh.
In addition, it is really hot and dry in the front of our house. There is absolutely no shade whatsoever. I have some cacti in pots on the front porch, and that’s it for living things out there.
But I need to make my house cute from the front in preparation for renting out The Bumbleshack! It’s gorgeous in the back where the tiny house will be parked…more than a half acre of old Florida land, huge oak trees, tons of birds, a large dock with enough space to park a decent sized boat, kayaks, comfy lawn furniture, a fire pit with lots of firewood and a hammock in the shade. Here is a live video view of the river from our dock. Pretty, huh? I love the back of our house. But the front needs some love. Badly.
Then I found these inspiration photos on Pinterest of old recycled tires painted up cute to make planters! Love it! What makes this idea even better for me is that I would be putting something that might end up in a landfill to good use. So I talked hubby into stopping by a tire place on his way home from work one day to see if they would give him a truckload of tires. They were more than happy to! You see, they have to pay a fee per tire to dispose of these tires. He even told my hubby to come back and get some more if I wanted them, and he did. One more truckload.
So I ended up with 21 tires, oh boy!
I selected my colors – warm yellow, bright aqua, orange and white – and headed to Home Depot to buy my paint. There is a large section of plain wooden privacy fence facing the front of the house, so I decided to hang 6 tires on that and plant with some colorful butterfly and hummingbird flowers. Then I can put a small butterfly garden directly in front of the hanging tires to match. The butterflies are in just as much trouble as the bees, ya’ll! Pesticides and other toxins are killing them too. They need more habitats, and I am happy to make one for them. 🙂
So I painted my 6 tires, two yellow, two aqua, one orange and one white. That took me about 20 minutes. Then hubby drilled several holes in what will become the bottom of each tire planter, so that the water can drain from them. Using long screws, he then drilled them directly into the fence while I held them up. That took another 20 minutes or so. Instant colorful planters!
Here is what it looks like so far:
Also in the works are planters made from the old City of Tampa recycling bins, the ones we had before they gave us the new giant ones. I had two because they were so small, and I recycle everything I can. And bonus, they already have holes in the bottom. I used the same colors of spray paint on these so they would coordinate with my hanging tire planters. They will flank the pathway to my house with more colorful butterfly plants in them. I am going to scatter a whole bunch of seeds in each container for that natural English cottage look. Check them out so far…
To round out my recycled landscape, I will be making a couple of recycled bottle trees! I have been collecting all of our glass beer and wine bottles to make these. We just had a party at our place, so I think I have enough for at least one tree now. Ever seen one? Basically, you take a pole and drive long screws or nails into it at an upward angle that you hang the bottles on, and it ends up looking like a tree. Junkyard chic.
I hope to be finished with this project soon. The tiny house is scheduled to arrive at the beginning of April!!