Six on Saturday – One Man’s Trash

Florida is sort of like a great big garage sale. Oftentimes, Bromeliads can be found for sale or on the side of the road. These were found at a garage sale. Little Harv Aechmea Bromeliads, I moved this clump recently and it is held up by some stray coconuts I found by the side of the road. Bromeliads root from the stem and take a while to reestablish.

I am not sure what this is, it is going to be a pot o’ Bromeliads in a dark corner of the garden where grass refuses to grow. Found by the side of the road.

Another cast off treasure, a branch of a Mango tree with native Tillandsia air plants growing on the bark. I am going to make a stumpery container and underplant this with a Fishhook Senecio.

The Fishhook Senecio, I admit to buying this one.

The Papaya tree was cut back this week, grown from seed of a neighbor’s tree. About 15 feet was cut off, supposedly these grow back and produce more reachable fruit. Time will tell.

A view of the cut top of the Papaya trunk. Somewhat like a giant tube.

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18 comments on “Six on Saturday – One Man’s Trash

  1. Very fun things to ‘repurpose’ in the garden. I especially like the ornate what-have-you that is destined to light up a dark corner of your garden. I can’t wait to see what it looks like in the future. Have a blessed weekend.

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Is that stained glass in the bottom of the roadside find? It almost looks like a moon window.
    Found objects are such fun. We used to have a great free table at our transfer station, but sadly, since Covid, they won’t allow it. Even though they know now that transmission is unlikely, I doubt they’ll change it because it makes it easier for them to just put everything in the dumpster. 😦

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  3. tonytomeo says:

    Oh, yes, the roadsides! San Jose does ‘greenwaste recycling’. People put debris from their gardens out to the curb for collection. It is a great source of iris, succulents, banana trees, yuccas, . . . well, you know.

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  4. Lisa says:

    Wow, whatever that is, it’s great! I’d have stopped for it if I saw it on the street too!

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  5. Roguegarden says:

    I love this ancient garlanded concrete planter that you located. It will look ideal in a dark, “neglected” corner filled with writhing, exotic foliage. Sadly I could not see your other pictures. Salvaged plants are doubly precious. I hope that the papaya resprouts from the base as planned. How long did it take to grow to its former height from seed?

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  6. fredgardener says:

    Nice the see the papaya tree coming back from a cut back. I didn’t know it was possible but with your climate everything is possible !

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  7. Paddy Tobin says:

    All so very interesting and strange to us at this side of the Atlantic

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  8. I’m kinda glad I don’t find plants along the roadside, as I would pick them all up and we are not allowed to have garage sales in my community. I thought your branch was a pine tree.

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  9. I am liking your side of the road! Great to share the love. 🙂


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