My Garden Photo Published In Wildflower Magazine

March 10, 2021
Cover of Wildflower Magazine
I am pleased to share with you that one of my blog's junk garden photos was shared in the Wildflower 2021 Issue, Volume 38, No. 1.  

Wildflower is published biannually by the University of Texas at Austin Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.  (

Photo of a container junk garden
The photo is of one of my foundation planting areas from the back yard.  This area receives the "castoffs", or stuff that has already been in my gardens and on my blog several times.

The story in the magazine with my photo describes black women container gardeners and the birth of shabby chic. (Similar idea to my junk gardens, but maybe done more out of necessity and not preference.)

More about the "castoffs" garden below.

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Republished from a 2018 garden post.
Photo of weathered wagon boards
I got these old wagon boards from my Junkin' Friend Jodi several years ago.

The boards are perfectly weathered with chippy red paint in some areas.  I made the boards into a junk garden planter display by adding an old bucket and sometimes a colander.

Photo of wagon backboards used with a bucket planter
Here are the wagon boards on my deck in 2014!

Photo of wagon board/bucket planter
This year I planted the galvanized pail with violas.

The violas were purchased at our local Menard's in a plastic hanging basket that I transferred to the bucket.

Photo of blueberry craft chair
This little country birdhouse/blueberry chair was a garage sale upcycle from last year.

Photo of  junk garden decor
It's perfect with a blue license plate and a blue enamelware pot.

The pot is planted with a pink verbena and a variegated English Ivy.

Photo of old plant stand
This plant stand was another garage sale find from last summer.

It needed some repairs for rot.  See my rusty metal repairs.

Photo of junk garden decor
The terracotta pots are planted with pink seed geraniums.

The vintage milk can on the right has a terracotta pot planted with a free ornamental kale.  It's a little spindly, but I hope it fills in.

Photo of junk garden decor
The white "fence" is a futon back that I use as a backdrop.

I have had the blue birdhouse for many years.  I purchased it at a local occasional craft store. It was displayed in my front flower border for several years.

My Garden Photo Published In Wildflower Magazine
The flower bed is planted with low growing perennials including: creeping phlox, sedums, sea thrift, and maiden pinks 

Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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