My Laundry Themed Old Chippy Wheelbarrow 2013

My garage sale $15 chippy wheelbarrow has served me well over my years of gardening.  I always have a couple old galvanized laundry tubs on board filled with annuals, and this year is no exception.

I'm not sure if you remember the old wringer I purchased earlier this year for $8.  That was the plan all along, to use it in the garden attached to a laundry tub.




 And in keeping with the laundry theme, I planted in a vintage laundry stomper, and stuck the handle in the dirt.

That's sweet alyssum in the stomper.  (I used a nail to put holes in the metal part of the stomper for drainage.)



Three colors of Calibrachoa are planted in the wringer tub in yellow, red and purple, and the back tub has heliotrope, and nicotiana.







I'm so glad I found the wringer! (I sealed it with Thompson's Water Seal so it lasts for a few years.  It's helped keep the wheelbarrow in service for about 15 years)

Previous wheelbarrow plantings are here, and here.


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23 comments:

  1. Fantastic...that is my kind of outdoor art!

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  2. I love your wringer and your plunger washer too. Both are fantastic. Hugs, Marty

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  3. That looks just so funky and fun Carlene!
    I love that old vintage looking wheelbarrow, what a find!
    And it all just comes together to look so artsy and pretty.
    Happy Week ahead,
    Cindy

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  4. Carlene,
    You are a girl after my own heart with using vintage things in your garden. I love all your sweet vintage planters. The garden is so pretty.
    Kris

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  5. I love your wheel barrow! You always know just what to do with the cool stuff you find and that wringer and laundry stomper are no exception. So cool! Heavy sigh when I saw the nicotiana....it was my favorite plant in Montana. We don't have it here and it's so gorgeous. Carlene..your yard is so gorgeous..you should open a B&B and just let people wander around your yard!

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  6. I just love your wheelbarrow! It looks so pretty filled with flowers, and I bet your neighbors enjoy the view!

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  7. Oh your flowers are amazing. Our heat here is taking a toll on my yard. I am just going to wait to plant anymore until the end of summer.

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  8. Well this is just the cutest most creative outdoor display I've seen -- that ringer was a steal! I've never heard of a laundry stomper but that sure is cute the way you've combined it with the other items!

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  9. Carlene, your flowers are so pretty, I love the ringer and tub!

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  10. I love all these vintage touches to your garden. Everything looks so beautiful!!

    Cynthia

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  11. This is Really cute! I think we have an old tub somewhere that I might add flowers to. Do you leave the tubs out even when the flower blooms go away?

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  12. Carlene,
    This is so pretty! I love old junk used as garden art and your pieces are so cute and charming! The flowers are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing! Hugs, Leena

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  13. Wow, wow, WOW! Your yard is everything we hoped it would be back when the snow was still accumulating and threatening to never end. Look how lush everything is. I hope you are enjoying your Summer of floral colors and blooms! Your yard looks so inviting.
    Liz

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  14. SOOOO cute! Great idea.
    Love it!
    Patti

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  15. LOVE the wringer! It has a bit of faded graphic left on it...swoon.

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  16. Fabulous Carlene! The wheelbarrow was such a great find. Love the new ringer and the plantings are beautiful!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  17. That is such a beautiful display!! I've never heard of a laundry stomper, but I love that you planted it. So unusual and so lovely.

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