I had a wee bit of trouble editing all the photos of Wendy’s garden down to a small batch. Impossible! I have saved the best for last. If you are longing for the middle of summer again already these should cheer you up significantly!
I love the surprising plant combinations, vignettes made with more of Steve’s wonderful birdhouses, and how even a tiny corner at the fence has been made into a potting spot.
(Click on any photo to view as a slideshow)
And finally my last favourite shot of her garden. Don’t you just love the view into the mirror? It goes on for miles!
Have a Sunshiny Day!
-Wendy’s Gorgeous Garden Part 1
We had a plastic wheelbarrow kicking around the yard from when the kids were smaller and in their super helpful stage. A stage that went by too fast I tell you! I seem to have lost the rest of the photos I took along the way of this simple project but you guys are smart enough to not even need instructions! I know it!
Anyways just so I have something to say, all I did was take the biggest drill bit I could find and drill about 4 or 5 holes in the bottom of the plastic wheel barrow. I sprayed the entire thing with an outdoor spray paint that was good for plastic and metal since the handles and wheel are metal but the rest is plastic. I then lined the wheelbarrow with landscaping fabric so that all the dirt didn’t drip out the holes I just drilled. Then I filled it with premixed potting soil and assorted petunias.
And then… I set it in a spot of the garden that needed a little boost of colour!
What is the most interesting use for a planter off the top of your head… GO!
More blooms and colour sprouting from an old ice box (or wash bin? I am not 100% sure what it was used for).
There is a plastic self-watering pot shoved inside of it. I used self watering pots everywhere I could this year and the flowers haven’t completely dried out on me for once. How unusual!
My herbs in particular have done amazingly well! The self watering pots can be found affordably at Wal-Mart.
This planter is in a garden beside the driveway and full of
Pastel Mix Impatiens
The Flume Coleus
There is something great about getting old!
One day I might be a planter myself. I can see it now. Me in a rocking chair holding a pot of flowers for the entire summer. I wouldn’t mind it!
This old scale is on my front porch (a lovely present). The pastel mix Impatiens, burgundy Coleus and purple Pansies are in a ceramic pot that my mother made many years ago.
It’s a double sided treat!
The pansies were a nice surprise. I didn’t think they were going to live and I have never grown them before.
In June it was cute and tiny as so.
A week of planters coming up. It is taking me forever to get through all the photos I have taken this summer!
My friends you are welcome to leave a link to your post on your containers this year in the comments.
Dish Totems are a fun way to use pretty dishes that you spot at the second hand shop or a dusty back corner of your china cabinet. They add a bit of sparkle to the garden. It’s bling for your flowers!
To create them it is as simple as glueing them together with caulking that dries clear. Any brand will do, you might have a favourite already, but something that is suitable for the EXTERIOR as it will say right on the bottle. Cheaping out on this step will sabotage your whole project. Use a large nail to plug the end of the caulking gun between uses to save it from drying out.
- Start with a heavy plate, something like a microwave dish or dinner plate and add to this. The bottom plate adds stability and can be covered with dirt in the garden to virtually disappear.
- Once you have played around with how you would like to stack your dishes lay them out in a line so when you come back to it over the next few days you know which dish is the next in order.
- When placing your dishes think about how they fit together. Sometimes a cup will fit perfectly on a vase naturally so the caulking glue doesn’t have to do all the work for holding it in place. Think about where water will collect, turn dishes upside down so water runs away easily keeping the caulking clean and dry.
- Wash and dry all dishes before you use them.
- Work on a flat and level surface. If your totem wants to lean to one side use masking tape or packing tape to hold things in place while they cure. This takes at least a week. Working in sections ensures that the dishes dry in the position you expected them too.
- Don’t keep these out over the winter.
- Following these steps you should have * garden bling* to enjoy for many years to come.
Things to look for:
- light fixture globes
- brass candle sticks
- tea cups and plates
- custard dishes, candle containers & recyclable items
More Dish Totems:Yesterdays Post Dish Totems for the Garden
Yeah, I am still thinking about Fences. One track mind!
So many fantastic ideas!
Old Bicycle into a new gate!
Upside down as a trellis!
Twig Garden Fence
Rustic Upcycled Fence – I LOVE THIS!!
Great use for all those old tools! I LOVE THIS JUST AS MUCH!
So many wonderful ideas for re-using junk from around the back shed, basement, garage or other massive space to which you hoard things!
Make your yard an inspirational space.
Bird baths and bird feeders made from old lamp bases and ceiling fixtures
What a conversation piece! Pennies will soon be extinct. Pennies in the garden repel slugs and make hydrangeas blue!
Flowers made from old silverware.
Large Mushroom Sculpture
Mini Concrete Fungi
Metal Garden Flowers-Is that a clothes line reel? Brilliant!