Wordless Wednesday (or Almost Wordless)

June 24, 2015

Thanksto the suggestion of  my friend, Jennifer, at Three Dogs in a Garden, I have painted the chairs turquoise!     I just love it.

A bit more whimsy...

June 13, 2015

So, I think I have added all the whimsy that I am going to, at least for now.

This tree is actually not alive anymore.  It was a fine old black spruce that passed away of old age a few years ago.  We took the upper part of the tree down, but left enough to use as a clothesline.  We haven't actually added the clothesline yet, but it makes a great place to display a little group of fake birdhouses.    Some of of the birdhouses were found at the dollar store and others at second-hand shops and repainted.  One used to be a little clock (the one at the top), others key holders, and some were just decorative.

This is a wicker trunk that I found at a garage sale in May.   I found the idea for making it into a planter on Pinterest.   The plants inside the trunk are propped up on items to make them all about even at the top.  I have some shade annuals like vinca vine and coleus in there, plus some hostas.

I really like the way it turned out and it's under the trees in the front yard, facing the house, so I can see it when I look out the window.

I added two baskets to the bike.   I was all thumbs trying to attach them to the bike, but my husband did a very good job of it.  He just used wire and secured them to the places that you would actually attach real baskets.

The baskets have German ivy and begonias.

I got this little toddler-sized chair, and other other like it, at another garage sale.   I thought it might make a nice little item to put planters on and move to where I need the colour in the perennial bed.  I like that the chairs are worn and the paint is peeling off, but I don't like the colour very much and I don't have a lot of red in my garden.

If I painted these chairs, what colour do you think I should paint them?


June 10, 2015

I really want one of those gardens that have lovely little whimsical features.   And I have never had much luck with it.    I'm trying to go for the 'charming' look, but have never been good at the idea part.

My niece introduced me to the website Pinterest, and there I have found many wonderful ideas.   Here's what I have so far.   Some are still works in progress.

awesome old and rusty red bike

baskets to put on the bike, once I figure out how to attach them

my Grandma's old laundry hamper, with a plant in it, hiding an ugly gas line
a gargoyle I could not resist, whom I have named Murphy
butterfly and dragonfly, made from rusty old stuff, purchased at the garden festival
new baskets, planted with annuals, to place in the green spots in the perennial beds,
or leave here on this bench
little birdhouse from the hardware store, that I
also could not resist
and last, my favourite thing, this great old ladder, to be embellished
in one of two ways, not decided between yet
Stay tuned.    ;)