Monday, June 11, 2012

A Collector's Garden 2012

I am back at my sister-in-law's eclectic garden and there are always new (old) things to see.

The pond is the highlight for me since I would love a pond but just do not have the room.  It is a vintage cement pond.

Persicaria Polymorpha at the back of the pond is secured in place with an old wooden headboard.

The Coreopsis Zagreb does very well in this full sun area and with shearing back should produce another round of blooms.

An old piece of fencing and some garage sale faces will hold up the pole beans.

Some more little people peeking out of the sedum

The geese used to be dressed when they belonged to my sister-in-law's mother but now hosta will do!

Old tools hanging over the vegetable garden

Grass growing up through a small vintage bike

Old popcorn popper with colored eggs

An old stove with an angel watching
Supposedly it was used by my mother and aunt to make starch, hooked up to a gas line in the basement.

Fencing is a great way to identify different rooms and uses in your garden.

The arbor has Autumn Clematis growing on it which will bloom in August and September.

I just love those birds!

I have come to the realization that most of the containers we use are too small.  This is a new one on the front porch area, looks very large doesn't it?

However, when you back up, let's say to the middle of the street, the container is seen in a new perspective, not too big at all.

Blue is a favorite color in this garden.

A memorial garden for a treasured mother
The daylilies I bought for this garden are called Addie Branch Smith.

Seating is important in a garden whether it is real or imagined.

Handmade  garden decor abounds.

Cup and saucer on a garden stake

Terra Cotta Pottery with Mexican tiles applied all around

I leave you with some views of the pond and the borders.

Hopefully, this is not a plan but an inspiration!


Terra said...

OK, I like everything in this garden. No kidding. Two favorite things are the pond and the bean trellis with the masks. The whole is artfully done.

Jennifer said...

Hi Eileen, Your sister-in-law would get on famously with my artist-neighbour. Her garden is filled with all manner of quirky things that speak volumes about her colorful personality and creativity. My favourite is the hanging tools. I bet that wind chime makes an interesting sound in a breeze.

Zoey said...

Wow, so many interesting things to look at in that garden. I also love those birds and that big planter with the tiles. I bet they have a lot of fun finding all the garden art pieces.

Bernie H said...

Thanks for taking us back for another visit. It is such a lovely creation. I particularly love the pond area.

Darla said...

Oh my she has a wonderful garden with cute, cute garden are around! Thank you so much for sharing this inspiration garden.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Terra,

I like the masks also, can't imagine what they were used for previously.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Jennifer,

I know the tools she has collected over the years so it is the perfect place for them in the vegetable garden.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Zoey,

I do love those birds, all copper colored metal.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Bernie,

The pond is spectacular with water lilies, fish, etc.


Gatsbys Gardens said...


She is the ultimate collector finding many items at garage sales or along the roadway.


Lona said...

Amazing. I always enjoy seeing your sister-in-laws garden. Not only for all those creative pieces in the garden but she has such wonderful plants too. What a fun garden.

Beth said...

Eileen, I love your sister-in-law's garden. She is very creative. Love the pond area the best. Stunning colors!