Luckily my home and property are not in flood danger, but many properties along the Rainy River and Rainy Lake are flooding, and water levels are nearing records. June is always a pretty rainy month in northern Minnesota but this June has been a washout! Maybe our forefathers were onto something when they named the river and lake Rainy.
Since there is nothing much too report on in my waterlogged, sun deprived gardens, I will share a few recent vintage and/or junk purchases. This Arthur Kaplan (Artist Art Lamay) lithograph of a finch and tiger lily came home with me from the thrift shop for $2. I just love to watch finches at our bird feeders.
I cut the lithograph down to fit an 8x10 barn wood frame, and hung it on the side garage door under my covered patio. Now I can enjoy finches on both sides of my house!
I also picked up this old screen. I'm sure it's not a window screen because the mosquitoes could surely fit through the big holes. It may be from an old granary.
After carrying the screen around my property for about an hour or so, I decided to nail it to my deck railing. The screen makes a great backdrop for one of my barrel planters. I also added a sign and three of my vintage garden scratchers. Great backdrops are a must for a country cottage junk garden! See more of my backdrops HERE. I am purposely not showing you the flowers planted in the barrel until they perk up and start to bloom again.
I think I have looked at this old bench, sitting outside my favorite local junk shop, for about 3 weeks now. After I measured this spot on my deck and the bench, it came home with me for $10. Perfect for my watering cans!
I also purchased this new "old looking" rusty sign at the greenhouse. The sign is perfect for an old junk gardener that is pushing 60!
Update June 18, 2014: When I got home from work today I thought the pansies had perked up enough to share the whole barrel planter.