Friday, April 15, 2016

Spring Garden Tour - Junk Yard Style

Welcome to the Spring Garden Tour, Junk Yard Style! 
Where we love everything rusty, chippy, rustic and almost everything in my garden is recycled, found at garage / estate sales or found in the trash and repurposed! 

I've finally had a chance to clean up the yard  and plant more pretty flowers this week and couldn't wait to share with you! So pull up a chair and I'll show you around. 

I love my bucket planters. Several years ago, I made a vow to not buy new containers and that you would not see plastic flower pots in my yard. The hanging buckets have rusted out bottoms and I have tied in plastic pots inside the buckets to hold the flowers.
For all the new followers here, even the gazebo was pulled out of a trash ditch and brought to our yard. I have been looking for chair cushions for my other chairs, but can't find any that aren't hideous. I mean, tropical Hawaiian print does not go with my vintage look and that's the only option available at our local store. I guess I should attempt to make some, but until then these old wooden chairs will do the job just fine!

I love alyssum and the pretty little lacy flowers they have. It seems to pair well with the begonias and they are usually pretty hardy with our hot summers. 
Crocks and galvanized buckets of blooms! The large wash tub actually has 4 separate containers in it, so that I can change them out seasonally. Add mulch around the edges and you would never know my  little secret, if I didn't tell you! 

A gym locker basket holds another bucket of flowers. The lanterns are solar powered, so they automatically light up at night. 

A rusty old can is turned on its side and has coleus and alyssum planted in it.
This antique lawn mower came from my great grandparents house! 
A hollowed out stump serves as a vase for these sweet little things. 
I love spending spring evenings in the yard and the light from the sun setting behind the trees.

I have a shirt that says:
For the love of JUNK
Reuse ♥ Repurpose ♥ Rescue 

I guess you can say that's the motto for my yard! 

That lily, planted in front of the bike, was a gift from my mail lady. Rural route carriers are the best! She takes such good care of all my packages and she shares plants from her yard with me. Can't wait to see what color it will bloom! 

Many of the plants in my yard have been shared by friends and family. I have one large flower bed (partially seen in next two pics) in the center of the yard and everything in it was free. If I ever buy a plant and add it to this flower bed, it will surely die. Seriously, they won't live with the shared! Not much is blooming in this flower bed yet, but the day lilies will be starting their show soon. There's lots of daffodils that have already had there time, 4:00 will come later, along with the phlox, larkspur, some iris, and more. 

An old push plow has become surrounded by alstromerias. I sure hope a lot of them bloom this year, since they didn't have a good show last year. 
This is a tub from a washing machine and I set my plastic planter down inside it and added mulch to hide it. By the end of the summer, the springeri fern will be really full. 
Some of my herbs are in the little rusty wagon near the front door, for easy picking, while cooking. I can't tell you how long I've had the chives and they come back every year in the same container. The mint came back from last year. 

The climbing roses are blooming! 
An old blue chair holds a pot of oregano. 
Marigolds - by the end of summer, my yard seems to take on a very pink look, so I'm trying hard to include a little more yellow, in hopes of still having more color in late summer and fall.

The iris started blooming this week as well!

So tell me, what's your favorite part of my junk yard? 


  1. Oh this is sooooooo my garden style. Love it!!!

  2. All the little details, the nooks and crannies! Love it all!!

  3. Wow! I love your garden! Someday I hope to be able to have the time to put into a beautiful garden like yours. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  4. It all looks so inviting, Janice! Inspiring to me!

  5. Beautiful, Janice. I think my favorite is the bicycle although everything is lovely. You have a green thumb, and I want it! :)


  6. This is all so beautiful and cozy! I love the chair and all the bright flowers!


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