Here are two of my old favorites in the junk garden...my weathered gray chair and my Perfection heater. Both have been in the garden for a lot of years, AND the elements have taken their toll.
This year the dowels that held the chicken wire planter rotted off, and I improvised by setting a pail inside the chair. The chair's useful life is almost over.
I had the chair on my deck long before I started blogging in 2011. In one of my very first junk gardening years, the old chair is behind all of those pots and pans planted with flowers. The chair hadn't even weathered yet!
Here it is with a yellow trailing petunia and rosy colored verbena.
One season the chair was overflowing with yellow Bidens.
Again on the deck with petunias, and a garden angel.
Last year I moved the chair from the deck to one end of my front yard garden.
And finally, here it is last fall planted with mums and ivy. I will miss this old chair!
The old Perfection stove is missing a leg. It rusted right off. I have it propped up on one side, and the prop is hidden by the plants.
I also found an older photo, also from my early junk gardening years, of the Perfection stove. It wasn't even rusty yet!
I sure loved using the stove in my vignettes.
Last year's vignette with the stove is my very favorite!
Where are the old chair and Perfection stove now? Behind the house in an area not seen by many, "rusting and rotting in peace". This garden has succulents, creeping phlox, dianthus, sea thrift and maybe a few other low growing perennials.
To prolong the life of old wooden junk in my gardens, I seal them with Thompson's Water Seal. It does help, and now even comes in an aerosol form.