Whether you call it junk gardening, salvage gardening, repurposing or upcycling, incorporating the non-traditional and "found" items into your garden and outdoor décor creates charm and interest.
a vintage candy tin is perfect home for this begonia.
reappearing with an assortment of non-traditional garden containers: candy tins, a vintage colander with lobelia tumbling over the sides, even an inverted lamp shade to disguise an unattractive but functional plastic pot holding a pink begonia... loads of colour and interest.
everything in this little vignette was a rescue: the bamboo child's chair has a hole in the seat (soon to become a true chair planter). the tin can is a coffee can from work (I bring home the coffee grounds and use them to nourish my garden and fight pests). A couple of coats of spray paint, a lace border and some drainage holes in the bottom and I have a happy home for a geranium. The teddy bear was tossed out by a neighbour, so I don't mind leaving it out in the weather.
This baby shoe found by the side of a road makes a charming and appropriate planter for Hens and Chicks
This retro looking blender is a charming showcase for this contrasting purple petunia.
I love the contrast of this sturdy masculine leather boot and the tender, leggy pansies.
a close-up of the begonia nestled in a pretty, inverted, scalloped lampshade.
The Shasta Daisies and white pots (I have a pair) were both salvage as was shrub next to it. The white pots were an ugly faded black and a distressed white paint job gave them character and charm.
As smoking becomes a historic pastime, smoking paraphernalia like this pipe box provide fun repurposing opportunity.
Repurposed mailbox makes a great wall or fence planter. I added a found bricklayers tool to the front for added texture and the old rolling pin for signage.
a fabulously weathered piece of lumber inspired this sign and subsequent entire seaside vignette.
simple and pretty - rusty tin can whitewashed and embellished with lace made a sweet home for a petunia.
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