September 23, 2011

Old Stuff Given New Life

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I haven't been tending to my yard and flower beds like I should, but I got motivated to spend a few minutes in my front perennial garden the other day, thanks to a couple of friends.  TS knows I like 'junk' and said he had found something interesting that I might like.  Another friend has property that his family originally homesteaded and it's accumulated all sorts of things over the years.  TS has been helping to clear brush back there and came across an old galvanized washtub that he thought had Marie Anne's name on it and asked if I wanted him to haul it over here.

How could I pass that up?  It didn't take me long to know that I wanted to plant flowers in it, but wasn't sure where to place it.  I started off wanting it in a corner of the yard up by the house, but it would be partially hidden from view from the road by the taller flowers in the perennial garden.  Hmm, how about putting it in the perennial garden?

With everything else in there dying off at the end of the season, putting the washtub there with fall flowers seemed like a good idea.  I drove down to the Save-a-Lot and grabbed four potted mums (3 for $10, couldn't beat that!), filled the tub with dirt and there you have it.

I think it's the perfect spot for it.  I can still see it here from my desk and it's clearly visible from the road.  In fact, every neighbor that's gone up my street as well as many gawkers from the main county road have craned their necks to see the pretty splash of color as they drive by.

The landscaping still needs a lot of work, but thanks to MJ and TS, I'm happy to have that little gem of a throwaway out there in an interesting way.



Linda Belcher said...

Love the old wash tub. Been years since I have seen one of these and longer since I actually used one for washing clothes.

ladydragonfly said...

I love the wash tub!! The flowers are so pretty. Lookin' good!

Langley Cornwell said...

Ah yes, it looks great. Good looking butterfly bush there too.

Brad Sylvester said...

Very nice. I love planters with character...a term which may apply equally to the washtub and the author.