Magnificent Public Flower Displays

The main street of the historic village of Cloverdale in central Surrey, BC  is lined with magnificent hanging flower baskets, compliments of the local business improvement society.

The main street of the historic village of Cloverdale in central Surrey, BC is lined with magnificent hanging flower baskets, compliments of the local business improvement society.

  There is an abundance of scientific and economic evidence about how  beautiful green spaces or displays contribute significantly to the health of local residents and the financial health of local shopkeepers.  Over at one of my fave blogs, Organized Clutter, blogger Carlene posts photos of her sister-in-law’s magnificent flower boxes. (http://www.organizedclutter.net/2015/07/the-prettiest-window-box-in-town-2015.html#more).

I was inspired to share some of my favorite floral displays from my neck of the woods.

Vintage and Salvage Birdfeeders

I've seen so many bird feeders made from chandeliers, but this little shade was an orphan when I found it.

I’ve seen so many bird feeders made from chandeliers, but this little shade was an orphan when I found it.

Antique matchholder in photoframe stand

Antique matchholder in photoframe stand

Birdfeeders don't have to be large and chunky. Or purchased from a specialty store. Little song birds (and squirrels) will make themselves at home feeding on seed in a simple thrift store melmac plate on an old iron lamp base turned candle pillar

Birdfeeders don’t have to be large and chunky. Or purchased from a specialty store. Little song birds (and squirrels) will make themselves at home feeding on seed in a simple thrift store melmac plate on an old iron lamp base turned candle pillar

Porcelain fruit bowl filled with clean cool water and a bone china Victorian berry bowl on pedestal holds songbird seed

Porcelain fruit bowl filled with clean cool water and a bone china Victorian berry bowl on pedestal holds songbird seed

I've used it elsewhere, but I like to include small dishes of seed in various places around the garden, including on the porch and windowsills where birds are quite comfortable hanging out.

I’ve used it elsewhere, but I like to include small dishes of seed in various places around the garden, including on the porch and windowsills where birds are quite comfortable hanging out.

I rescued this small garden caddy from a neighbour's recycling bin and planted with pink and purple flowers to attract the birds and inserted a baking pan of birdseed in the middle.

I rescued this small garden caddy from a neighbour’s recycling bin and planted with pink and purple flowers to attract the birds and inserted a baking pan of birdseed in the middle.

 Antique lamps repurposed as bird feeders

This antique whale oil lamp has been modernized with electricity and the shade has been misplaced, making it a good candidate for being repurposed as a birdfeeder (would be lovely as a planter, too)

This antique whale oil lamp has been modernized with electricity and the shade has been misplaced, making it a good candidate for being repurposed as a birdfeeder (would be lovely as a planter, too)

An antique zinc canning jar lid enabled a more modern light shade to fit the lamp securely enough that birds feeding are unlikely to upset the bowl of seed.

An antique zinc canning jar lid enabled a more modern light shade to fit the lamp securely enough that birds feeding are unlikely to upset the bowl of seed.

antique roasting utensil is stuffed with fresh grapefruit and hung on a tree The holes are small so only little birds, like the songbirds that are so frightfully endangered, will be able to feed.

antique roasting utensil is stuffed with fresh grapefruit and hung on a tree The holes are small so only little birds, like the songbirds that are so frightfully endangered, will be able to feed.

This little antique sterling silver tea strainer dangles from the repurposed banana stand above the miniature silver hanging basket. The holes in the strainer will allow water to flow through.

This little antique sterling silver tea strainer dangles from the repurposed banana stand above the miniature silver hanging basket. The holes in the strainer will allow water to flow through.

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Washday plunger birdfeeder

this photo shows the chip on one edge. The birds won't mind a bit and I sanded it to make sure there are no sharp edges to delicate claws.

this photo shows the chip on one edge. The birds won’t mind a bit and I sanded it to make sure there are no sharp edges to delicate claws.

This vintage birdhouse has seen better days and yesterday my neighbor put it on her curb. I think it has one more season in my junk garden.

This vintage birdhouse has seen better days and yesterday my neighbor put it on her curb. I think it has one more season in my junk garden.

The lantern had screw holes in two sides that were ideal for a twine hanger. You see that I tied on a bolt to stop the twine from slipping through the holes.

The lantern had screw holes in two sides that were ideal for a twine hanger. You see that I tied on a bolt to stop the twine from slipping through the holes.

the shade fit perfectly onto the top of this antique oil lamp whose shade broke long ago. I slipped a corner of a plastic shopping bag into the shade to sto

the shade fit perfectly onto the top of this antique oil lamp whose shade broke long ago. I slipped a corner of a plastic shopping bag into the shade to sto

the shade fit perfectly onto the top of this antique oil lamp whose shade broke long ago. I slipped a corner of a plastic shopping bag into the shade to stop the seed from slipping into the lamp, then filled the shade.

the shade fit perfectly onto the top of this antique oil lamp whose shade broke long ago. I slipped a corner of a plastic shopping bag into the shade to stop the seed from slipping into the lamp, then filled the shade.

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It has a chip on its shoulder so someone tossed it to the roadside. I had vague plans to turn it into a succulent planter, but we are in a stage 3 drought at the moment and my thoughts went to the critters who can't turn a faucet on when they get thirsty. The chip is on the edge and doesn't affect the quality of the water.

It has a chip on its shoulder so someone tossed it to the roadside. I had vague plans to turn it into a succulent planter, but we are in a stage 3 drought at the moment and my thoughts went to the critters who can’t turn a faucet on when they get thirsty. The chip is on the edge and doesn’t affect the quality of the water.

an antique china condiment dish holds birdseed, and a vintage china sugarbowl filled with water hangs from a repurposed banana stand

an antique china condiment dish holds birdseed, and a vintage china sugarbowl filled with water hangs from a repurposed banana stand

antique pickle or condiment glass dish

antique pickle or condiment glass dish

We're not the only critters who get thirsty on hot dry days.

We’re not the only critters who get thirsty on hot dry days.

It's always a good idea to provide a bit of shelter for your bird refreshment stations. So I put flower planters around this one to provide some colour to attract birds, but also to provide some shelter for them.

It’s always a good idea to provide a bit of shelter for your bird refreshment stations. So I put flower planters around this one to provide some colour to attract birds, but also to provide some shelter for them.

This glass lantern top with the metal top has a big chip on one side, so it was curbside consignment.

This glass lantern top with the metal top has a big chip on one side, so it was curbside consignment.

Vintage Gardening

Recently, while helping my uncle, the antique auctioneer, prepare for his upcoming auction I let him negotiate a price for me on a fabulous load of Canadian antique tins

Recently, while helping my uncle, the antique auctioneer, prepare for his upcoming auction I let him negotiate a price for me on a fabulous assortment of Canadian antique tins. If you ever get to the pretty historic village of Cloverdale (in the centre of Surrey, BC) you must visit Jack’s Place – his web site doesn’t begin to show the  Wrange of treasures his store contains. (http://www.jacksantiques.com)

My friend Patricia’s beautiful porch chair planter

Vintage style iron birdcage

Antique chair, vintage bundt pan and oodles of spring flowers

Antique chair, vintage bundt pan and oodles of spring flowers

Cobalt Pansies Fern in a lantern

 For this vignette I was looking for something delicate. I lined the trivet with cheap screening and filled it with dirt.

For this vignette I was looking for something delicate. I lined the trivet with cheap screening and filled it with dirt.

I picked delicate plants, like these bright leggy geraniums and young ivy.  To add to the softness I was trying to create, I covered the roots and dirt with moss.

I picked delicate plants, like these bright leggy geraniums and young ivy. To add to the softness I was trying to create, I covered the roots and dirt with moss.

 

old faithful banana hanger with an antique silver plated condiment trivet planted with leggy pansies and a young ivy.

old faithful banana hanger with an antique silver plated condiment trivet planted with leggy pansies and a young ivy.

These tins belong to my uncle. He's taught me so much about antiques and collectibles, and now I get to teach him about vintage gardening.

These tins belong to my uncle. He’s taught me so much about antiques and collectibles, and now I get to teach him about vintage gardening.

The gleam in my uncle's eye is copper,  Growing up our home had antique copper cookware hanging from a custom-made rack above a 12 square foot, 6 inch deep cutting board. Copper boilers sat in front of our fire place, filled with kindling and paper or gleamed from the shelves around our waist-high fireplace.  I showed him that it can also add welcoming warmth to the garden entrance on a cloudy summer day.

The gleam in my uncle’s eye is copper, Growing up our home had antique copper cookware hanging from a custom-made rack above a 12 square foot, 6 inch deep cutting board. Copper boilers sat in front of our fire place, filled with kindling and paper or gleamed from the shelves around our waist-high fireplace.
I showed him that it can also add welcoming warmth to the garden entrance on a cloudy summer day.

Antique bronze cricketer

Antique bronze cricketer

There is something very appealing about the contrast between the hard dark bronze figurine and the fluffy light flowers of alyssum and petunias

There is something very appealing about the contrast between the hard dark bronze figurine and the fluffy light flowers of alyssum and petunias

Benjamin the Cat is neither tin nor a container of any thing but tuna fish. But he loves to supervise all of my goings on.

Benjamin the Cat is neither tin nor a container of any thing but tuna fish. But he loves to supervise all of my goings on.

 

The little Red Seal Peanut Butter tin isn't Canadian, of course. It's an American tourist, but I loved that it has its original lid.

The little Red Seal Peanut Butter tin isn’t Canadian, of course. It’s an American tourist, but I loved that it has its original lid.

Pretty as a Pig Tin. I love pigs: have since I was a child. So this lard tin from Guelph, Ontario almost leapt off the shelf and into my arms.

Pretty as a Pig Tin. I love pigs: have since I was a child. So this lard tin from Guelph, Ontario almost leapt off the shelf and into my arms.

Rogers Golden Syrup from Vancouver, BC and Red Rose Lard from Brantford, Ontario

Rogers Golden Syrup from Vancouver, BC and Red Rose Lard from Brantford, Ontario

We are a tea drinking coffee grinder loving family. And I love the look of the combination of rich green  succulents, frail ivy against the rich wood and ironwork

We are a tea drinking coffee grinder loving family. And I love the look of the combination of rich green succulents, frail ivy against the rich wood and ironwork