Finding rusty old junk is fun! Nevertheless, I have found that no matter how much "stuff" I find and collect, only God can fully satisfy my heart. Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Galvanized Garden Goodies and Herbs

Hello old friends! I'm finally getting around to doing a post. I can't figure out how to upload pictures from my iPad to blogger so I'm way behind on showing you our new home, but I thought I should check in at least with a little post about my container garden area which has evolved into a wonderful little herb-junk garden. I started this post about  6 weeks ago and I'm finally finishing it. We have had rain nearly every day so it was almost impossible to get pictures. Since I started this post I did a lot of changing things around in breaks between the rain. You easily will see the progress!


We have a small patio area that is perfect for container gardening. I've chosen to use my galvanized containers as the central theme with some other old rusty pieces thrown in for interest. This year  I've focused on herbs since they are my love and low maintenance. This post can also serve as a "before" since we are planning to repave the patio sometime before fall. I started this post a while back and the garden area has changed each day. It's never "finished" when you are a decorator and gardener!

This area is just starting to come together. I haven't done much to the  deck because we are going to redo it soon, but I did stick a few things out for Memorial Day.

Lots of shabby garden goodness here---lovely shells, a distressed terra cotta pot with lavender, fleur de Lis garden globe and my son's little gnome peeping out.

I discovered a cheap way to make "chalkboard" pots using a black plastic pot and a chalk paint pen. Easy-peasy! Actually, easy-herbsy!

I wanted a unique plant stand, so I got creative and used an old rusty step ladder from the garage. 

I couldn't go through summer without some succulents in an old urn. They have grown quite a bit since this picture was taken.

Actually I've added-subtracted-rearranged so much since I started this post it doesn't even look the same now. It's really starting to be a place I don't want to leave.

I moved the lavender from the patio table to the garden in this picture and even since then I have given it a permanent home in the ground.

The previous picture was taken before adding the river rocks and brick edging. I just love this! I also added an old metal trellis that I had been using as decor inside the house. It really helped define the garden space.

As you can see I've switched things around quite a bit. I love the "feel" of this area and the fragrance of chamomile, thyme, rosemary, mint, and lavender fill the air as you walk by.

If you haven't tried spicy globe basil, you are missing out! Even if you have had trouble growing other varieties, this one is really hardy and resistant to disease. It is  thriving alongside curry, chives and lemon thyme.

The tomatoes are the little red engines who could! They have been drowned daily and then scorched with the crazy weather but I have been vigilant about removing yellowing leaves (use garden gloves!) and Garden Safe insecticidal soap and of course loving them, and as you can see they add coming along!

Well I hope you have enjoyed this little tour! I've missed you all and I have so much to catch up on, especially with fall just around the corner, I simply have to get back into the blogging groove!

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