Sunday, September 26, 2010
Estate Sale and Garage Sale Garden Whimsies
I love to add found objects to my garden. I hunt garage sales and estate sales whenever I can afford it! Here are a few things I have added to my garden over this last few years. Some new, some broken and re-purposed.
I found a bunch of these Mexican Tiles at a sale one day.
I placed them in the corners of some old adobe pavers I have used for a pathway. The Geranium Madarense seedlings sprouted after I put these down. This plant comes up all over my garden; I dig them up and plant on the back bank. See some of my older posts to view the beautiful blooms.
Quail planter with blue rock "egg". This was a new planter I purchased after finding this rock one day while digging in the herb garden. I planted it with a Scilla violacea, which makes it look like feathers, I think. People always look twice when walking by this.
Recycled Fairy in a copper bird bath, found at a local thrift store; she has a broken wing, but that is okay with me. I have seen Dragon flies resting on here wing.
On the adobe wall, notice the turtle candle holder; another estate sale find.
Duranta repens growing in a pot under the copper birdbath. The snail was found at an estate sale for a dollar. The Duranta attracts butterflies to this area, it has such a beautiful cascading bloom. This area is what I call my fairy garden.
Fairy with Squirrel statue was found at Buena Creek Gardens in Vista California.
I keep this Fairy filled with water for the lizards to drink from, it is very shallow and is perfect for them; another Buena Creek Garden find.
Old German planter found for a few dollars. Looks pretty with the succulent now in bloom.
Euphorbia in the old fish planter, found at a garage sale for 50 cents.
I found two of these clay urns at a thrift store; I think I paid $14.00 for the two. These are on my Mexican patio on either side of the glass doors. I "stained" the concrete on this patio with craft paint. It will wear off I know, but works for now and for a lot less money.
This Rooster tile plaque is made from Portuguese tiles that were badly cracked. Glued to a wood board they now make a wonderful addition to the wall on my Mexican patio.
Cast concrete turtle needed something, so I took an old Portmeirion Plate that I had broken and just could not throw away. I broke it into smaller pieces and glued to the shell, grouted and stained a green color. It makes for a nice new shell for my garden friend.
I found this Epi at an estate sale, I purchased it for $1.00! Added some good compost and it is thriving. I can't wait to see what bloom it will have. It also has a rat tail cactus (aporocactus flagelliformis) growing with it.
Japanese cast iron bell; hung at my front door entrance. I added the copper wire and old glass beads so it would hang lower.
One of the best deals I found this summer was this old metal bell with the heart. I paid $2.00 for it!
I have had this fish for years and found some old Japanese iron bells at an estate sale; used some copper wire and a piece of wood, old glass beads to make this.
Recycled clay pots with Rosemary marker. The marker originally had a metal stake which rusted over the years and broke off. I used some copper wire and fashioned this hanger which now hangs over my Rosemary bush. The plant is over 3 feet tall so this is a perfect marker for it since a ground marker would be lost underneath.
And finally, my last picture is of an old concrete fountain base I found in Tijuana years ago. It has held this Rosary Vine for the last 7 years. This plant was a gift from my husband to me on Valentine's Day in 1977. I think I have only replanted it once. It thrives in this shady area adjacent to my Fairy Garden.