Junk Garden Additions and Progress in June

You know what I hate?  I hate it when I discover that I didn't take a before photo of my project.

I purchased this vintage soup ladle at the thrift shop.  The handle showed some age but dipper part was still very shiny metal.  

I painted the metal with two coats of Decoart Chalky Finish Paint in ArtifactArtifact is a gray chalk type paint. 

I then painted the wooden handle with watered down DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint in Rouge.  By watering down the paint, it went on more transparent.

To give the ladle an aged look, I took out my Rust-Oleum Chalked Glaze in Semi-Transparent Smoked Gray.

I like this glaze a lot.  You can brush it on or rub it on with a rag.

This is the dipper after the glaze.

Upcycled Thrift Shop Ladle Sempervivum Planter
I drilled a drainage hole in the bottom of the ladle.


Upcycled Thrift Shop Ladle Sempervivum Planter
 I ripped a thin strip of course muslin fabric, and threaded it through the hole in the handle for hanging on my barn door pull.

I added a scoop of soil and Sempervivum, or hen and chicks.  Hen and chicks are a succulent that require very little soil to thrive, or water.

Upcycled Thrift Shop Ladle Sempervivum Planter
 An easy and inexpensive project!

Upcycled Thrift Shop Ladle Sempervivum Planter
If your old ladle is nice and worn, you wouldn't need to paint it to get this look!

This and that in the junk garden:
Rusty Iron Bird's Nest Garden Stake
 It was my birthday last week and I received an iron bird nest garden stake from my youngest daughter.  My Elegant Garden Design stake is available here.

Rusty Iron Bird's Nest Garden Stake
 It's quite tall next to my front border stepladder.

Junk Garden Potting Sink Decor
 I purchased the metal arrow sign at a rummage sale yesterday and nailed it to my potting sink.

I purchased these two border lilies at the Littlefork Citywide Rummage Sales a few weeks ago.

Border Lilies Coming into Bloom
 I am happy to report that they have started blooming in my front flower bed in a lovely reddish orange color.

Border Lilies Coming into Bloom
 None of the rest of my Asiatic lilies are in bloom yet.  It will be in July.

Creeping Baby's Breath & Maiden Pinks in June
 These little blossoms belong to perennial creeping baby's breath (in white), and  maiden pinks.

Creeping Baby's Breath & Maiden Pinks in June
 These sweet perennials bloom reliably in June in northern Minnesota.

Junk Garden Vignette with Wax and Dragon Wing Begonias
Do you remember this junk garden vignette at planting time with wax and dragon wing begonias?

Junk Garden Vignette with Wax and Dragon Wing Begonias
I am happy to report that the begonias are filling in nicely!

That's all for today!


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3 comments

  1. The garden stake is so cute, what a unique gift! Happy belated birthday!

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  2. Oh my stars, Carlene, the ladle is adorable! :) Such a great idea. Love the lilies. :) I think the lilies in my garden don't get enough sun to bloom. It may be too late (and traumatic) to move them. I adore how all your flowers are loving the summer there!
    Here's to an awesome week!
    ~ Christina in SW FL

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  3. cute stake ... beautiful garden! thanks for the update - always showing where the flowers started to its progressive splendor

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