Monday, October 18, 2021

Making A Garden Orb

 My old barrel was falling apart
after many years of holding flowers.
I decided to buy a new one.
I made a Garden Orb
with the old rusty bands/staves 
It was my first time making one.

It was also my first time drilling in metal.
I used the largest drill bit I had. 1/4 inch.
I drilled a hole through each band separately
and aligned them together.
 My sister Annie helped hold them in
place as I screwed a long screw into the holes
and into a post below. A 3 inch screw.
Then I place large head nails between 
each band to keep them from moving. 

I used the 1/4" bit
and 2 inch nail.

I screwed it on a 5x5 cedar post
 that I had on hand, 3 ft. long.
(A 4x4 will do also.)

I had no idea how I was going to make it stand up.
My sister Annie came up with a brilliant idea.
Place it in a cement "builders block" 
which I had on hand also.
It fit in one side and we placed a few small pieces
of wood to secure it straight. It will never fall.
I placed some metal pieces in the other
 side temporarily until I come up with 
a better idea maybe I will plant flowers in it.

The builders block could also be hidden
by digging down and hiding it in the earth.
Or hide it with something rusty.

To hide the nails and screw,
I placed a rusty old stove cover on top

On the top of the orb,
I wired the staves together with rubber covered wire.
(It would have been better screwed together
also, I never got around to doing it.)
I will probably put a screw and 
nut to secure it better.

I placed this metal cup that I found.
(I have no clue what that was used for)
The wire seems to keep it secure. 

I decorated with some
lights from the Dollarstore.
and decorated the post with small
ornaments of rust. 

I'm pleased with the way it turned out.
It does add rustic charm and
 focus to the garden.

I would like to find another band/stave to
place horizontal to the middle.
Also maybe something to fit into the orb.

After placing it into the garden,
this encouraged me to add more rusty
things that I had in the shed.
Things I found when digging
and cleaning up the property.
And it evolved into a

Thanks for your visit and I hope
this was helpful.


Thursday, October 14, 2021

A Rusty Corner

In the Woodland Garden, 
nestled between the evergreens, 
is a garden corner of rusty things. 
Things that were found while digging 
and cleaning the property. 
Things that were once useful in bygone years.
Things that add focus and interest to the garden.

It's been a while in the making, 
this past Summer and into the Fall,
we put together this corner of the garden.

It all started when I decided to make an orb
with the rusty bands from an old barrel. 

A stove plate used for the base.

Before garage pick up in this area,
things were disposed off on the land, 
in the woods, or the beach.
Over the years, I have cleaned up, 
disposed of a lot. 

We decided to display some
rusty finds on a slab-wall.

Old license plates have history 
stories to tell. Quebec 1976,
 Olympics in Montreal.
The year my son, Daniel was born.

It evolved into a rusty corner


Wheel things.

A spring vase

A galvanized bucket

Rusty things, lost in time.
Rescued and repurposed into "Garden Art"

Somethings we found in the woods.

lost in time

I hope you've enjoyed this little 
tour of a rusty corner in the garden...

I'll be adding more as we
uncover more rusty junk. 

The shed in the back of the photo below,
belong to my neighbours.
My Dad built this shed many yrs. ago.
The first owners of this property, owned a Country
Store, in the 1960s-70s, and this building held their stock. 
My Dad had a sawmill and sawed logs into lumber
 for people and he was also was a carpenter.
The recent owners gave me the pathway in the garden.
They discarded an old sidewalk on their property
and offered it to me, in large pieces.
 I will plant thyme
in the cracks and on the sides. 

From the Rusty Corner...


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Saturday, August 7, 2021

Summer Garden Tour

 Hi everyone, I hope you are all enjoying 
Summer,  as its half over and passing fast.

I am sharing some photos of my flower garden.
mostly perennials and wild flowers.
Mother Nature has rewarded us with beautiful 
 flowers this year,  and they seem to flower
 earlier, although we had our share of rain.

I planted some red cabbage in the barrel above,
with cosmos flowers and the shrub is Tamarisk.

The streetlight bird houses, are a gift,
made from large metal coffee cans and
 a wooden front. 
Isn't it beautiful!
I'm sure the birds will enjoy it.

Yarrow is doing well this year.

Planted behind the Old Hayraker.

White wild Yarrow below,  grows allover,
in fields, ditches, beaches etc.

In front of the Hayraker

Variegated leaf Coreopsis and Moonbeam Coreopsis

The Fern Garden below.

The Purple Bridge,
 I built from recycled boards.
I planted, wild Musk beside,
The large plant in front is
an Orange Daylily.  I think
the deer eat most of the flower buds. 

a tall plant that does well in damp soil. 

One misty morning

Red Daylilies 

I love Veronica below.

Behind is a Smoke Tree/Shrub.

Gooseneck Loosestrife,

Beautiful Daisies

These are called Crazy Daisies 

Queen Of The Meadow
I planted beside the bridge.

Queen Of The Prairie, a tall

pretty plant growing
 in The Sunken Garden.

Wild Grasses

Orange Daylilies


Joe-Pye Weed

A Butterfly plant, pollinator for bees and other insects.

Plentiful,  beyond the backyard.

I hope you enjoy my garden tour.

Come back again, my next blog,
I will share Making A Garden Orb
along with rusty things found
on the property,  
in the Rusty Corner of the garden.

Stay safe and well. 

Thanks for your visit xo