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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

FOLKSY COUNTRY GARDENS



Always looking for some folk gardens with a touch of class. Found these two unusual containers in a small country community garden. I have noticed these antique types popping up in gardens in the Midwest as well as the Northwest. I think they are becoming mini-traditional gardens in themselves. They sure leave room for innovation. 



Wild Queen Anne's Lace dancing in an old bedstead. They seem quite joyous placed in an antique iron bed. Gotta bring some smiles!

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  1. Walking past a country garden recently I saw a large double bed spring employed as a support for runner beans. I wondered where the rest of the bed had gone.

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    1. John -- I think using antique fixtures in country gardens has gone international. Perhaps the rest of the bed is planted in another garden. Thanks for your comment -- barbara

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  2. When I was a teenager or younger, travelling with my parents, I rather disdained repurposed bathtubs and tractor tires. Now I think these uses range from eccentric to extremely clever and handsome. I think we have a repuropsing generation on our hands.

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    1. Joanne -- I agree with you Joanne. Not only do we have a repurposing generation on our hands -- we have those old garden traditions with our elder generations still remaining in our culture -- yet in a more acceptable manner.thanks -- barbara

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  3. Ha, I recognize those plants. Haven't had my hands in dirt much this summer, just clay. I love when recycling takes a creative turn!

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    1. Barbara -- I remember seeing many of these throwaway items in gardens when I was younger. Anywhere from actual old toilets used as a plant container to big black tires laid out on the lawn with all kinds of plants overflowing from it. Some of the tires were painted to add a little pizzazz! I do believe that such containers are reflective of the area's culture. Thanks -- barbara

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  4. That is re-use with meaning! I have seen some of the same over here - old buckets with flowers etc etc.

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    1. visualnorway -- Interesting that Norway is reusing the old containers. As our lives become busier and land for gardens becomes more scare old container reuse can add a surrounding dimension of naturalness to a home.thanks -- barbara

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  5. Queen Anne's Lace. Must be August.

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    1. Birdman -- Yep it's August and Queen Anne's are showing their stuff. Great wild plant to dry and hang for winter. thanks -- barbara

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  6. Those bathtubs make great little ponds, too. You can fill them with fish and aquatic plants, as I've seen some do.

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    1. Really, that is one use I have not seen. Seems like there would have to be some type of filter/air infiltration installed? Life is so interesting -- thanks -- barbara

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    1. Mr Kirk, Now I should have put that pun in my post! thanks -- barbara

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  8. Barbara, you do find the most unique subjects in your American landscape wanderings! You must have quite a photo collection of historic, grass roots, buildings! Did I already ask you if you have ever considered publishing a book?

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    1. Rita -- Oh I have thought some about publishing but I have heard that the publishing field is on the down side right now. I enjoy posting and might someday give all my photos to the state museum archives in which I took the photos. I had fun with publishing once long ago and think I got it out of my system. Another project would be to put the vernacular buildings etc on discs -- Another project! thanks for your thoughts -- barbara

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