Prince Tut Annual Grass/Nicotiana Combo Laundry Tub Planter


Prince Tut Annual Grass/Nicotiana Combo Laundry Tub Planter
If you are a frequent follower of my blog, you know that I (almost) always plant annual Nicotiana  in the laundry tub in my old wheelbarrow.

This year, I chose to plant a Prince Tut annual grass in the center of the Nicotiana.

My Late June Flower Junk Garden Border With Planting Guide


My Late June Flower Junk Garden Border With Planting Guide #junkgarden #flowergardening #annuals #perennials #plantingguide #flowerborder #gardendecor #farmhousegarden
 The red border (Asiatic) lilies are blooming!

My Late June Flower Junk Garden Border With Planting Guide #junkgarden #flowergardening #annuals #perennials #plantingguide #flowerborder #gardendecor #farmhousegarden
I purchased these lilies at the Littlefork Citywide Garage Sales a few years ago.  Last year, deer wiped out almost all of my lilies before they bloomed. 

Below are more pics of the front yard border!  It's already looking great!

How, Where, and Why To Plant Annual Verbenas

How And Why To Plant Verbenas #annuals #containergarden #deadheading #fertilizer
The Verbena.  My favorite annual.  Snipping the blossoms off when they look like this, and watering with Miracle Gro is all these beautiful, hardy plants need. (and sunshine too)

Simple and Rustic Covered Patio Decor

Simple and Rustic Covered Patio Decor #windowsign #upcycle #stencil #ferns #violets #oldsignstencils
 This year's summer covered patio is rustic but simple.  It has "just enough" stuff.

2020 SPRING PLANTING Junk Garden Tour


2020 SPRING PLANTING Junk Garden Tour #junkgarden #rusticgarden #annuals #perennials #gardentour
Every year I try to find some new unusual garden junk, or at least move the old stuff around the yard to make new themed vignettes. This spring was just so different.  Thrift shops were closed, and there were few rummage sales. Even finding bedding plants was different.  It seemed like there were less plant varieties available.  

You may recognize some of my junk in today's  "Spring Junk Garden Tour".

The left side of my big flower border is pretty much like last year.  The front row plantings include red verbena, white bacopa, white and blue chip perennial campanula, and a bucket of Alaska nasturiums.

The middle area has both Asiatic lilies and a Stella d' Oro, and Marguerite daisies. Magenta Nemesias are in the kettle on the sawhorse, and a row of Allium bulbs is starting to bloom under the ladder.

Thrift shop Primitive Wood Box Upcycle

I picked up this rustic, wooden, primitive country style box at our local thrift shop a couple months ago.

Galvanized Bucket Wreath with Violets

Galvanized Bucket Wreath with Violets #flowergardening #containergarden #galvanizedwreath #galvanizedpots #farmhousestyle #rusticgarden
 My Aunt Phyllis bought me the cutest galvanized wreath!  It's a galvanized bucket wreath.

A Basket Weave Shelf Upcycle

 This shelf used to hang on the wall at my mom's apartment, before she moved to assisted living.

It is not an antique.  It has a tag that says Made in China on the back.

Garage Sale Sconces Repurposed As Finials


Sometimes it takes a while for me to come up with an idea for my purchases.

These two metal sconces were shared in a thrifting and garage sale-ing post from 8/2017.


Instead of just painting them, I unscrewed the sconces trying to come up with an idea.  My idea worked.  I found a way to make them into finials.

French Upcycle of a Garage Sale Breadbox

I purchased this $2 wooden breadbox at a garage sale last summer!  The breadbox was included in my June finds blog post HERE.

I sanded the finish lightly with 220 grit sandpaper.  (I didn't do a thorough sanding, just enough to rough up the shiny finish a bit) Then I washed the breadbox with hot soapy Dawn Dish Soap and a rag.