Friday, September 23, 2011

Favorite Things Friday

I'm going to borrow a theme from Jean and call this post Favorite Things Friday.  My favorite people, of course, are my family and friends.  My favorite things are usually anything that involve gardening.  I enjoy incorporating vintage finds into my flower beds.  

Here are just a few ~

I really like this part of the back yard.  This Spring, we took out the old railroad ties that surrounded this area - they were in really bad shape.  Now we have a permanent sturdy wall.  The old park bench was from a dear older gentleman friend of my husbands.  He had worked for the City, until his retirement, and had this old park bench that they would sit on and visit.  When he passed away, this bench was a gift to my husband.  We have had to replace the wood, but it still holds memories for him.  I love planting Impatiens in my wash tubs every year.  They were given to my husband by a co-worker who was getting rid of some of his mother's old things.

Here is a picture of how it all looked this Spring after we got the wall in.  We are so pleased that the Honeysuckle vine came back with a vengeance after being cut back to the ground.  The Hummingbirds have enjoyed it too!  In this photo, you can see my old hay fork that was given to me by my cousin, Cheri , who is on a mission in the Philipines, for her church along with her husband.  You can click on her name to read about their new adventure.  It is a reminder of her beautiful flower beds she had before they sold everything to leave this year.

A birdhouse that sits hidden on the park bench surrounded by Honeysuckle.  The Honeysuckle is even putting on berries, so the Cardinals can enjoy them this Winter.

Another favorite thing is my big Hosta!  And I love old cream cans.  I have a painted one that sits on the porch in the Winter.  And my primitive flower was made by Kindra .  That girl can make gold out of gravel!!

This rusty little butterfly was one of the many open house items at our son's workplace.  It started out as a flat sheet of metal, taken apart like a puzzle, then put back together.  I put a spot of glue where the pieces joined and let it sit outside to rust together.  I wish I would have picked up more of these!!

My old tricycle planter.  I just wish I didn't have to wait so long for the blooms, but this plant does so well in it.

My old garden gate, picked up for me by a friend at our annual Junk Jaunt.  I just planted the pink Knock Out rose a month ago, and hope that next year I will have a nice big mound of  flowers.

And this is my latest find.  I found this while 'junking' with a friend at a local antique store.  It is a vintage clothes basket that folds flat when not used.  Next year, I think I'll line it with burlap and Spanish Moss, then plant in it.  I'm glad I have all Fall and Winter to think about it!

Thanks for visiting!  I hope it's a great Fall weekend where you are and you are able to get out and enjoy it!


  1. I love all your vintage finds, but that butterfly is the best!

  2. I love old rusty "junk". It's getting hard to find really neat things--seems everyone these days loves it too. Love the folding clothes basket!

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  4. Great ideas!! I love other peoples junk too!! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Love all your 'garden stuff'!

  6. Love the clothes basket. I have been taking pictures here of the different flowers to create a post on my blog at a later time. I will entitle it 'not much like Judy's' or something like that. I think of you everyday cuz I walk and enjoy the foliage. You would love it-I have SO enjoyed your blog this year as so many of the things you talk about are our common memories.

  7. It also makes my heart happy and I feel a part of 'home'...

  8. You have some wonderful treasures. I don't think I've seen a clothes basket like that. I love it! I remember being drawn to that butterfly when I toured your garden. We need to do that again in the spring.