My husband and I just took a rambling road trip through the backroads of Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. Stopping along the way at roadside stands and small shops, we happened upon some wonderful ideas for the garden. Let me share them with you!
One of my favorite ideas gathered on this trip was the potting bench converted from an old dresser or sideboard. It was so simple, it was genius. Remove the drawers, add a plywood shelf and paint the entire piece with exterior paint. Cut a hole in the top to drop a vintage dishpan in and you are done!
Planting sunflowers around the outside of a gazebo was another great idea! As they grow, the sunflowers form a natural, pretty screen. Just think of the fun you could have birdwatching up close as the Goldfinches come in to dine on the seeds!
For an old-timey little planter, how about Hens & Chicks in a little chamber pot? This chair was too rickety for little ones to sit in anymore, but a hole cut in the seat makes it into a darling planter.
An old kettle looks wonderful filled with potting soil and topped with Hens & Chicks. Many vintage kitchen and laundry pans and tubs are transformed into country-style garden accents this way. Just make sure there is drainage by drilling a few holes in the bottom before planting!
These birdhouses were so fun: bright colors and shapes added to a flowerbed full of Black-eyed Susans and Coneflowers. Made from scrap wood and old roofing tin, they will be perfect for little wrens to make a home. The bright paint colors, door knob and door handle perches made them so whimsical. Mounted on a stair rail with rebar drilled and attached on the end, they are freestanding. You can move them around in your garden easily.
Little wooden birds were made with the same wood, tin scraps and paint as the birdhouses. They look great in one of my old watering cans on the kitchen deck!
Garden ideas and a little get-a-way into the country, we had a perfect day!
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