A day of arranging plants

tidy plants on shelves

Hours completed: 18 of 70

Can you spend six hours arranging plants? Turns out, yes. I must have looked crazy wanting to shift pot after pot, but they were generous with giving me work, and I was very excited about using my design skills and plant handling skills together.

Suddenly, camelias... thousands of them!

OK, so it looked a fucking mess in the end. None of these camelias were uniform. Some were tall, some were small, some gangly, some bushy, some blooming, some budding, some leaning awkwardly to one side like that special one in the bottom right.

But this is how it's done with an imperial buttload of plants and less shelf space. Do your best, then get the professional to edit for you - tall ones at the back, flowering ones at eye level; put the larger pots on the shelves, with the little pots along the bottom like a frame.

privacy and hedging plants, arranged

I like to think I redeemed myself in Privacy & Hedging. Most plants agreed with each other, and I didn't want to reorder stuff because I'm only working once a week. So I just thinned and thickened, and realigned what I could to accomodate remaining and new stock.

Bunnings has a preferred (but not mandatory) standard for plant display: items of the same type are arranged vertically, descending the shelf steps. Sometimes this made perfect sense; other times it left me at a loss.

See the pointy bushes in the middle? That's African boxwood (Myrsine africana), a lovely dense shrub used for hedging. So I wanted to demonstrate its hedgey-ness, but found I had only a handful of the tall slender ones, and a glut of the short wide ones. Trying to adhere to the standard, I managed a hedge-ish sort of arrangement that could do with more practice.

arg, rushed roses

Finally, the roses at the very last minute. With more time, I would have liked to spread out the blooming ones a bit more. The flowering bushes look squashed along the right side. And those two pink pots along the bottom could probably sit center-aligned.

I hope the Horticulturalist didn't come in the next day and wonder what the hell I was thinking!! I'm annoyed my design eye did not perform as expected, and it's humbling to pick up on the things I took for granted before actually doing the job with my own hands.

Things I would do differently next time:

  • Stepping further back when checking my work, for more perspective.
  • Spending less effort defaulting to a standard, when an on-the-spot solution might work better.
  • Working light when it's hot. I fell back on a workaholic habit, and was rooted by the end of the day.

Rooted, but slept like a bag of turnips. :)