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Antique phonograph cabinet and a antique chair that was broken in a recent move double up as platforms for a pretty floral porch greeting

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Home and Garden Thursday

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The antique phonograph cabinet was a Craigslist freebie. I had to promise the people who were giving it away that I wouldn’t turn around and sell it, but instead provide it with a loving home – not a hard promise to make or keep. It had an unattractive finish that was yellowing with age. I freshened it with white homemade chalk paint. It has been a drink station for a party, a lingerie chest in my bedroom and now frothy petunias cascade charmingly from the lower cabinet,

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this 200 year old cottage kitchen chair was broken in my last move, but I couldn’t bear to part with it, so it has new life as a porch greeter. The vintage bundt pan is bursting with pansies and cascading ivy and a terracotta pot housing English lavender in bloom

cheerful yellow begonia, tumbling white petunias, English lavender and a gingham trimmed antique enamelware clock make a pretty, whimsical combination

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Kitchen Garden

A kitchen garden traditionally means a  garden that provides produce for meals. Using old kitchen implements to as containers for growing edible salad flowers like pansies and petunias, strawberries and herbs gives a whole new meaning to the term.

Partying at A kitchen garden traditionally means a patch of earth near the kitchen door that is used to grow herbs and kitchen greens for meals & teas. The absence of cultivatable plot of earth needn’t prevent one from having a beautiful and productive edible garden. Using old kitchen implements – like the vintage bundt pan, antique colander and sifter, vintage blender and candy tin as containers for growing edible flowers, strawberries and herbs gives a whole new meaning to the term “kitchen garden”.

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I've mixed in some lobelia for colour, but this antique colander is also growing basil that be add wonderful scent to my container and my kitchen.

I’ve mixed in some lobelia for colour, but this antique colander is also growing basil that be add wonderful scent to my container and my kitchen.

 thyme will tumble over the edges of this antique sifter soon before tumbling into my stew pot

thyme will tumble over the edges of this antique sifter soon before tumbling into my stew pot

 the bees are so happy to see the lavender blooms, and I'm happy to see the bees happy

the bees are so happy to see the lavender blooms, and I’m happy to see the bees happy

Not having a large piece of land outside the kitchen door doesn't mean you can't have a pretty and functional kitchen garden nearby.

Not having a large piece of land outside the kitchen door doesn’t mean you can’t have a pretty and functional kitchen garden nearby.

Vintage mixer offers  something for the eye as well as edible petunias for the salad plate.

a rusty old lamp bottom is a perfect fit as a stand to this vintage bundt pan

a rusty old lamp bottom is a perfect fit as a stand to this vintage bundt pan and allow room for edible pansies, petunias and strawberries to dangle enticingly over the side.

Junk Gardening 2015

Canada Post is quickly moving away from home delivery of mail and toward group mailboxes that people go to to get their mail. Mailboxes  - both on houses and rural roadside - will soon be icons of a bygone time. Fortunately, both kinds make charming planters.

Canada Post is quickly moving away from home delivery of mail and toward group mailboxes that people go to to get their mail. Mailboxes – both on houses and rural roadside – will soon be icons of a bygone time. Fortunately, both kinds make charming planters.

 

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I love my perennials, like the day lilies, dianthus, lavender - but mixing in annuals like the petunias and pansies ensures there is always something in bloom.

I love my perennials, like the day lilies, dianthus, lavender – but mixing in annuals like the petunias and pansies ensures there is always something in bloom.

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Container Gardening

Everyone of these planters was a roadside rescue.

Everyone of these planters was a roadside rescue.

Wonderfully rusty old rural mailbox planter

My uncle is one of BC’s most prominent antique dealers. I was a passenger in his vehicle when we drove past this mailbox that was almost covered with roadside weeds and was full of rotting newspapers. But I come by my love of rustic honestly, so when I pleaded with him to turn around and drive back so I could rescue it he didn’t hesitate for a second.

About 17 years ago I went to a local antique auction to deliver some papers for my uncle. As I walked in the door a pair of these lovely cottage kitchen chairs were going up for bid.  10 minutes later I was paying for them.  The family friend I delivered the papers to later told my uncle

About 17 years ago I went to a local antique auction to deliver some papers for my uncle. As I walked in the door a pair of these lovely cottage kitchen chairs were going up for bid. 10 minutes later I was paying for them. The family friend I delivered the papers to later told my uncle “there were only 2 real antiques at the auction and she bought them.” They were solid black – not from paint, but most likely from soot from sitting in front of the wood stove or fireplace. Sadly, this one was broken by horrible movers a couple of years ago, so it’s new home is in the garden.

I like variety in a garden - even a container garden.  Different colours, shapes, textures - and height.  This birdcage isn't old. I bought it last year at a local supermarket, of all things, but it was well built and a good reproduction. And it gives a nice bit of height variety.

I like variety in a garden – even a container garden. Different colours, shapes, textures – and height. This birdcage isn’t old. I bought it last year at a local supermarket, of all things, but it was well built and a good reproduction. And it gives a nice bit of height variety.

I have wanted a trumpet planter for some time, but it had to be an instrument that was beyond repair - and didn't cost a fortune. I had all but given up when I found this little sweetie in my local thrift shop - just $20 bucks.

I have wanted a trumpet planter for some time, but it had to be an instrument that was beyond repair – and didn’t cost a fortune. I had all but given up when I found this little sweetie in my local thrift shop – just $20 bucks.

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Weekend scrounge results

I know there are many vendors selling lovely rusty old bed springs on the internet, but it was jus too much fun hauling this jewel from a pile of rubble left behind where a building had been torn down.

I know there are many vendors selling lovely rusty old bed springs on the internet, but it was jus too much fun hauling this jewel from a pile of rubble left behind where a building had been torn down.

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My darling uncle now lives in a little apartment in a seniors complex, that is full of cool old junk.  He's such a kind and generous person that I have to be careful about saying I like anything or he'll give it to me. That's how I came by these cool old bars of soap.  Now I need an apothecary jar to put them in - as the obvious start of an antique soap collection.

My darling uncle now lives in a little apartment in a seniors complex, that is full of cool old junk. He’s such a kind and generous person that I have to be careful about saying I like anything or he’ll give it to me. That’s how I came by these cool old bars of soap. Now I need an apothecary jar to put them in – as the obvious start of an antique soap collection.

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