Wednesday, July 30, 2008

my garden treasures

I am always on the look-out for garden treasures... which is pretty much anything that makes the outdoors an extension of my indoors. And in Phoenix, anything goes... nothing is off limits. I have seen entire outdoor kitchens in backyards.... along with couches, lamps, even beds. It so rarely rains here that we usually have plenty of time to get our treasures out of the rain before it does rain. And most everything is weather friendly. Or I have paid so little, that who cares if it gets rained on.


Do you see that child-size red wheel barrel? That happens to be one of my favorite finds! We were traveling through Wisconsin many years ago and stopped at a barn sale. Yes, the yard sale was IN the barn. Our kids were little and most likely sleeping, so I quickly ran in the barn and there it was... a Radio Flyer wheel barrel. Very old. For $1.50.
Here's the cool part. A couple weeks later, I was at an antique store in downtown Glendale, AZ and I see the very same Radio Flyer wheel barrel. This time. For $90.00!!


Those red lidded Sweet 'n Low glass jars contain Hollyhock seeds that I harvest every year. Each of the jars are labeled so that I can preserve those rare colored Hollyhocks and then plant them if they don't reseed themselves from the year before.

I don't fish, no one in my family fishes... but I love minnow pails. And watering cans. And pails. And buckets. And... well, anything galvanized.
I found this folding plant stand for a couple dollars. The perfect display for my galvanized collection.

7 comments:

Natasha said...

such treasures, Linda. I too love to put things outside-esp fond of galvanized as well! What a find on the radio flyer.

I have decided that I need to plant hollyhock-next year- we had them at our old house and I miss their stoic beauty.

Natasha said...

such treasures, Linda. I too love to put things outside-esp fond of galvanized as well! What a find on the radio flyer.

I have decided that I need to plant hollyhock-next year- we had them at our old house and I miss their stoic beauty.

NanAZ said...

I always love looking at your collections! They make your yard so welcoming.

kristen said...

So sorry yeah I got it and it is so sweet...love the music! I think he should make one every couple of months for us! I have been so busy at work that I haven't had a chance to get on and let you know. I am going to let everyone see it. Hope you have a great weekend and love you!

Sandy said...

You house and garden is so fun. I have "1" gardening can. Which reminds me, I'd better get out and water my pots!

Zoey said...

Hi Linda,
I love all your outdoor treasures. That's a neat outdoor hutch.

I like minnow buckets and watering cans. too.

Your little granddaughter is getting cuter by the day!

Faye said...

WHAT IS HONEYHOCK? you should send me some! lol actually it probably wouldnt be a bad idea, to spread your joy of them around.. if only i knew what it was..