Monday, 16 June 2008

Garden Treasures!

My dad is still having his big clear out!
This will go on for a good many months yet, as my dad is the biggest horder that I've ever met. Each time I visit, there are piles of all sorts, for me to look at and maybe take away.
However,on Thursday I came away with some 'little gems' for my garden! Gems that were earmarked for the local tip, no less! Horror of horrors! I saved these in the nick of time.

Exhibit A..my dad's old tin trunk,which had obviously been a place or two! Somewhat worn out and weary, I have found it an ideal resting place! Not only that, I've put it to excellent use.
I can't wait to see these nasturtiums in flower.

Exhibit B...An old Geest banana box....it has been sitting in my dad's garage for years ..he used it as a tool box.


I was overcome with excitement ,whilst at the same time , my dad had tears in his eyes... not because of losing his 'junk' but because of the fact that I wanted something so old, so dusty and as far as he could see, rubbish. He even got out his duster and started cleaning it all! Bless him!

And my mum stood there saying wise words like ,' It's ok dear, she loves old things , you know she loves history'... and words of that sort.

I even managed to grab his unwanted, ancient garden sieve, before rushing home in sheer delight! (Leaving behind an old wheelbarrow, tin pail and a very old qualcast lawnmower..I have my eye on these, naturally!)

On my arrival back home...
'What do you think this is, Steptoe's junkyard?'
(But secretly he was happy for me)

And I'm happy! My garden 'props' are my treasures! And if they have a little bit of history to them, even better!






18 comments:

Curlew Country said...

A woman after my own heart! nothing like a few pieces of rusting tin and enamel to set the flowers off I think. And what a joy having things with a family connection, my buckets and baths are all from the market but I do treasure them. Love the banana box and the pretty bench with pots. What a lovely spot.
Stephx

Bobbie Lynn said...

Love your garden treasures.

ethel and edna's tearoom said...

Ooh treasure indeed! Your new acquisitions look fab. What is it with banana boxes? We inherited one at our last house and it too was a tool box. We polished ours up and used it for storing kindling and firelighters. I'm not too sure where it's gone now? Hmm... must go and have a look...

Simone said...

You truly have some lovely garden props. I wonder what the old tin trunk was originally used for?

Kitty said...

Your garden looks fantastic, and those new additions only add to its prettiness. Well done you for recycling! x

MarmaladeRose said...

Oh, your garden is beautiful! As you have seen our garden is new and bare! I do miss my old garden, all over grown in the right way, and spilling over with flowers and foliage. I'll just have to keep having a look at yours!

Ravenhill said...

Such treasures, especiallyl since they come from your father. I just love them!

twiggypeasticks said...

Oh fabulous, I LOVE that old tin trunk. Bless your Dad for wanting to clean them up for you. It's great to have things around you that have such wonderful family connections. I've had my eye on an old tin trunk that was my Dads for years but Mr Twigs says we haven't got room, I'm going to sneak it home one day.
Twiggy x

LOUISE said...

I am extremely envious of your garden junk! A great idea to put nasturtiums in that tin trunk. I wish my dad had this sort of thing lying around his place. They are real little features for around the garden. x

Alison Boon said...

Treasures indeed. I like things that add depth and interest and yours certainly do that. Enjoy them all.

Leisa said...

Amazing treasure , lucky you live half way around the world from me!!, or some things may disappear from your place to mine!! Just the things I would tuck into my garden too!! Beautiful!

Garden girl said...

It makes these things all the more special that they belonged to your Dad- you'll always have even more pleasure from them as a result. I love your garden photos, it seems to be full of interesting nooks and crannies- the bench pic with your pots on is great.Do you live near me?!!

silverpebble said...

Such lovely old things - your garden's full of gorgeous treasure and I love those boxes in the last photo. Just up my street.

Cowboys & Custard said...

I would have snapped up those treasures too Sal.. especially the tin trunk and banana box.. I have been trying to buy some of those old boxes this week to display my greeting cards in for an art fair..
Your garden is very much to my taste..full of character and charm.

Michelex

acornmoon said...

Hi and thanks for visiting my blog, I have a dad just like yours! Your treasures look lovely in their new home.

Rowan said...

What a great way to recycle old things, your garden looks such an interesting place, I love the old milk churn and the sundial especially. I'm glad you commented on my blog because now I've found yours.

Katherines Dream said...

Wow...Sal what wonderful treasures from your Dad's shed...the pictures are great - I love all these old bits, especially when potted up!
I keep meaning to have a little sort out of my Dad's shed's.
Carol x

Ragged Roses said...

Wow I'm so pleased you rescued them from the tip. oh to think that they might have been wasted! They look lovely, I can't wait to see those nasturtiums in flower either
Kimx