Thursday, June 7, 2012


Well made it through another week of the summer markets. Both Saturday and Wednesday were good and no rain, but I don’t know how long I can keep up this two a week markets. It poops me out and I am getting toooooooooooooooooo old to be doing this. J

Since everyone should be busy working outside in their yards, I thought this week I would post an article from the Country Register on decorating your garden.  Of course, then we have to find time to do this. Here it is:

Make your garden your own by bringing some of your treasures outdoors to create unique focal points. Your garden will be brimming with personality when you incorporate some of the following into your garden theme.

Vintage Tricycle – A vintage tricycle makes a grand statement nestled amongst your flowers. Add a bit of whimsy by hanging a primitive sign from the handle bars.

Old Chairs – Set a pot of trailing flowers on the seat of an adult or child-size chair. Don’t worry if it is in less than perfect condition.

Birdhouses – Birdhouses are great garden accents. A vintage looking birdhouse complemented by a twig wreath will make the perfect statement nestled on the seat of an old chair. Or mount your birdhouse to a chippy, white, vintage porch post and place next to a flowering shrub or amongst garden phlox or bee balm.

Garden Statues or Stones – Garden statues give added interest and texture to your garden. Tuck a garden stone inscribed with a message amongst trailing ivy to catch the attention of passersby.

Rusted Items – Don’t throw those old rusted items away! Give a child’s high chair new life by adding it to your garden. It will make a great focal point and conversation piece. Other items doomed for the dumpster, such as rusted buckets or enamelware pans with holes in the bottom, make great flower planters.

Things that are weathered and have seen better days are perfect in a garden. Use your imagination when implementing garden art. There is not right or wrong with decorating. It is all about what you love!

                                                                                                                             Reprinted with permission from The Country Register of Minnesota

Lots of neat ideas in this article. Now my challenge is getting a garden!! Have a few flower pots, but no garden yet. Maybe one of these years we will get something done. Then the moose can come and eat everything. J

Hope everyone has a great week and check out the new recipe for chicken salad. Just in time for the summer picnics to start.


  1. I love that sweet little birdhouse.

  2. I love birdhouses and bird feeders. Great ideas!

  3. I love this... we just repainted an old fire hydrant and stuck it among the flowers in the front garden. So fun!

  4. I love the birdhouses also. Actually I love all the primitive "stuff" you can put in your gardens. Now I just need to get busy and get a garden going. :)

  5. There's a few things my hubby says no no no to decorating our garden and yard with and a commode is one of them... lol. I love doing this, but the darn wasps and other little critters like to nest in things. I still do it though and let nature take its' course for the sake of beautifying my yard :)

  6. My garden could sure use love and attention, great ideas here.

  7. Colleen, this are some really great ideas! I'm re-landscaping my front yard and really needed some ideas!

  8. Glad you all like the ideas. I really need to get a garden going. Of course today it is raining so there would be no garden work today. :(


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