I found some fun garden accessories while thrifting last week- we all know that garden ornaments really add a lot of pizazz to landscaping beds. I hit the jackpot at a yard sale I never even planned on attending. I had just come from a bust of a sale and was on my way out of the neighborhood when I saw a directional sign for a sale I hadn’t seen advertised. Now, I don’t usually wander off my planned route, so I was pleasantly surprised as I turned down the court, walked up the driveway, and was greeted by an entire sale of vintage items- a lot of them garden ornamentals.
I wandered around and kept finding things I just had to have. I hit it off almost with the seller almost immediately. She knew that I “got” the entire vintage thing, unlike many of her sale-goers who were just looking for the usual bargain garage sale items. After over an hour of shopping and chatting with Karen, I ended up with a new friend and some cool garden accessories, all perfect for my summer garden.
I actually think this little sculpture was originally part of a fountain. The little boy is sitting on a fish with a mouth that certainly looks as if he spouted water in a previous life. I plopped him in the middle of the bed right under the window. I think he’s been stored away for quite some time- he smells a bit old and musty. Maybe that scent will wear off as he gets pelted with the steady rains we’ve been having all weekend.
I’m calling this wall ornament my Greek god. He looks a bit like Poseidon, don’t you think? He’s hanging on the wall in the main bed off the front walkway.
The husband didn’t quite know what to think of my purchase of this rusty old coal grate. I knew it would be a perfect planter once I placed a cocoa liner in it.
I had planned on planting some perennials in it yesterday-but just as I was headed out the door, the rain started falling. So this morning, while out in my robe, I plopped these babies into the grate. Good thing I was in the side yard so no one could see me. Who plants in their PJ’s ? Good thing I did, though, because it’s been raining ever since.
This dianthus flower looks almost like a little rose.
Here’s the grate tucked in among the hostas and the pine trees. It should fill in soon- I’ve become an avid fan of Miracle Gro.
This is the view of my secret garden path looking the opposite direction that I showed you in the last post. I put down about a dozen sprigs of ivy- hope it starts spreading soon. I used some creeping Jenny and some Irish moss for additional variety.
This hypertufa bee skep wasn’t really a thrifty yard sale find- it came from the garden and antique show we attended up in Troy last week, but it really wasn’t all that expensive.
This mushroom also came from the garden show, but from a different vendor than the bee skep.
I placed him in the same bed as Poseidon, by the front doorway. I’m so thrilled that my oak leaf hydrangea bush is blooming! I’ve never had these before. There are six more plants in the side yard bed, but they are a different variety than this one. Don’t ask me what kind those are- I’m still new at all this.
This concrete snail was a frugal find from a few years ago. He’s nestled underneath the mushroom.
Won’t you please stop by to visit these hostesses on their appropriate party days :
Mary’s Mosaic Monday
Rhoda’s Today’s Thrifty Treasures - Monday
Linda’s Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Mary’s Share the Love Wednesday
Susan’s Outdoor Wednesday
Rhonda’s Treasure Hunt Thursday
Allison’s Stuff and Nonsense Summer Sales-Thrifting, Flea Markets, and Yard Sales on Friday
Inspiration Friday at The Picket Fence
Courtney’s French Country Cottage-A Shabby Cottage Summer on Friday
Sherry’s Home Sweet Home on Friday,
Debra’s Vintage Inspiration Friday
Jenna’s SAS Interiors Summer Spaces