Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Cottage Garden-2

This is my second post on vintage items in a cottage garden. I picked this bike up for $5 at a rummage sale. I had to go back to town with a pickup to haul it home, but it was worth it. I put a basket on the front...It reminds me of the Wizard of Oz. "I'll get you (the bike that is) my pretty!


An old garden pump sits in my garden. I dug down a little in the soil, stacked bricks with a little cement between, placed the pump down in the dirt a little, added more dirt and planted pansies.


An old wicker chair lost it's seat, so I positioned a pot inside that is planted with ivy. We have had so much rain that the ivy started to turn yellow:(


"How does your garden grow", antique wooden box. My niece made this beauty. I plan to add geraniums.


In the corner of the garden is an old wooden post. It once was the home to a country mailbox.


I have three garden boxes made of railroad ties. They are planted with lettuce, peas, spinach, radishes, dill, sunflowers, and a few herbs.



The church building in the background is my studio. This is where my items are crafted. LOOK AWAY FROM THE MUCH NEEDED PAINT JOB! An old bench also sits under a window.

33 comments:

Adrienne said...

Thanks for sharing your garden things. I enjoyed them all. Your pump reminded me of an old pump that sat in my parents' front yard for over 30 years. People always identified their house by the pump. One morning a few years ago when Dad opened the curtains he said something seemed different but he didn't know what it was. About an hour later they went out on the front porch and realized that the pump was GONE! It was set in a block of concrete and the plants around it had been there for years. Someone had carefully dug up the plants around the concrete block, dug out the pump - concrete and all - filled it up with something and precisely put the plants back exactly where they were. Dad had run electric wiring to the pump to install a light on the top but it had never been connected. Whoever took it had checked it out in advance to know all the details and they knew the wiring wasn't connected. We really wished it had and that they had been surprised when they got a big shock. It's never been seen anywhere in the area. No sign of it. Friends gave Mom another old pump but she keeps it in the backyard.

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

I am so jealous!!! I have been wanting a vintage bike like that with a basket for roses on the front for my porch!! Everything you have is so beautiful!

Amy

Dolly said...

Ele I looove your church.... I'd live in there if it were up to me!

I have an old bycycle in my flower beds too...yours looks nice...mine is rusty!

Love the red box!!!

Your yard is so quaint and welcomeing!!!

Hugz, Dolly

Miss Rhea said...

Oh My Word, You have your own Church Studio !! I want to move in !! lol, I love your blog !!
*smiles*
Rhea

Stephanie said...

WoW!! Wonder what kind of sin it is to covet a church building?!?! Hmmmm....

Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Sophie Honeysuckle said...

I love your garden!!!!The bike is fantastic too!! You are so fortunate to live there!! I am always doing crafty, arty projects sitting in bed too....I won't tell if you don't!!

Alison said...

Yes I would settle for the "studio" and the bike.
It looks lovely even without the paint job.

Bertie said...

Don't paint the church! It's perfect with the old chippy paint hanging on it. My cottage is also in need of scraping and repainting, but I love that old chippy paint so much I just can't do it. Thanks for sharing your gardens. They are lovely and I'd love to see the inside of the church sometime.

Eileen of Eileen's Porcelain & Treasures said...

I love all of your garden pics, especially the garden pump and the wicker seat. We close on our new home tomorrow! I can't wait to start playing in the gardens.

Eileen

Secondhandrose said...

Ele, thanks for sharing. I love the church building just the way it is.!
Karen

Lori said...

What a fun garden!! I wonder who can se the bike and not want to hum that part from the Wizard of Oz? Maybe you need a ToTo by it!!! LOL I agree like the chippy paint look! Lori

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Your garden is so beautiful!

I love the bike (only $5.00???...wow!), and the water pump with the flowers, the cute little painted box, and oh my! a whole building for a studio!!!

Fabulous.

Kimberly :)

vickie said...

Ele, love all your garden pics, and the church is just an awesome addition for your studio and showroom.
Vickie

Michelle said...

Love your yard Ele!! You always amaze me!! The bike is a classic....and I love it!!

annewithane65 (Kim) said...

What lovely pictures. The bike is wonderful as is the old pump. The home where I grew up had a great old pump on the porch...sure wish I could get that pump!

Michele said...

Ele ~ My bags are packed and I am ready! I absolutely love your yard. The church is fabulous, love the chippy paint. How wonderful to have that as your studio. The bike is such a nice touch, especially with the basket. You have done a fantastic job, it should be featured in a magazine.
I just love it and I'm on my way. Put on the coffee.
Michele

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

Gorgeous garden Ele!!! I love everything but that sweet bike is my favorite!! What a great idea!!

Heather

PAINT MINE PINK said...

oh sweet Ele i just love love love your garden! love that bike!

Fancy having an old church building to create in. WOW thats beyond fantastic.
Much Hugs,
Shann xo

ancient one said...

I noticed the old church right away in the photo... then you said that is your studio! Wow, how wonderful!! I loved the visit to your blog today!!

Charmingdesigns said...

Hi Ele, thank for telling me about the spoon hooks!Love your bike, did you paint it white or did it come that way? I have a black one..Love the color of the wicker chair. You know what happens when I visit your blog and make a comment...then I have to click on everyones blog...I could spend days!! Thanks for your blog,it is wonderful!! Laurie

PattieJ said...

I love all of your cottage accents in the garden! And that church! How awesome is that!!! Lucky you!! :)

Sonia ~ C. Crafts & Collectibles said...

Such a pretty garden and a whole church for a studio?!... you are so lucky!!!
~Sonia

Carol said...

I love all the pretty decorations of your cottage garden Ele! It's beautiful! Carol xox

Lizzie said...

Oh, I envy the bike so much! Its simply lovely! I love how you used the basket for a planter, the lazy way its leaning against the side of the building, everything!

I also love the waterpump. I had one of these, too. I had an old metal washtub that I planted annuals in, and then I had the pump right in the center of the washtub. It looked so sweet!

Thanks for sharing your lovelies with us!

Littlepenpen said...

I, too, covet your church building. I'm with Dolly; I would have to live in that church!

countingyourblessings.com said...

How lovely - to have your studio in an old church building! As soon as I can move one to my backyard, I'm going to copy you! Blessings...

KARA said...

OMG a whole church for a craft building that is incredable, I am amazed, your garden is gorgeous you must spend so much time working on it.
Kara
x

Daisy Cottage said...

What a delightful garden! I love every detail! Truly special!
xo,
Kim

Charity said...

Wow~ How blessed are you to have such a wonderful garden AND a wonderful studio! I am just learning how to garden Alaskan-style. A bit tricky.

Ali said...

Wow is all I can say. I wonder how many people get a church building as a studio. How very blessed you are. And what inspiration. Please do share with us some inside pics of your studio. Would be fabulous. Thanks for sharing all the beautiful photos with us. Such fun. xoxo Ali

claudia said...

Love these pics Ele, Reminds me so much of around here and mine and my friends places. Love all the old things out in gardens. ALso what a super studio church! claudia... rockspringcottage

happybunny said...

You have such a beautiful garden - what a wonderful place to spend time in with all of these charming spots. Your garden is truly inspirational

TattingChic said...

At last....I found a bit of a pic of the old church. You are so fortunate. The old water pump looks lovely in your garden with pansies and the herb garden is to die for! Lucky you!