Monday, May 17, 2010


I love Spring! Always new flowers blooming, the smell of freshness after a sun shower and birds making their homes in most of the bird houses I put out for them. I also like to use different things in the yard for other than they were made for.
For example, don't pass up those old water fountains just because they are not in perfect condition. This fountain sounded so pretty when it was water functional. But after years of being out in our New England weather it wasn't able to be repaired one more time for its original purpose. I still loved it so I made it into a planter. Now I can enjoy it for many more years to come. This year I filled it with purples.

Here is another fountain that no longer works. It used to be in the house. I filled it with annuals and when they fill in will look great on one of our decks.

And what about those bird baths?  I filled one with thyme, wooly thyme and chicks and hens. I love how it turned out.

A cozy spot to relax and enjoy the day.

We met the nicest couple, Harley and Virginia from Florida who make this gorgeous rustic cyprus furniture. We meet them every year when they come back to CT. Harley actually goes into swamps to get the wood for this furniture. There are huge spiders, snakes and gators in those swamps. What a job.
I realized that an arbor, also made by Harley, with a flat top is the perfect place for another birdhouse.
My favorite flower guys were at the flea market on Sunday and I fell in love with these Gerbera Daisies.
Aren't they gorgeous?!!!!!!!!!

What did you do this weekend?

'Till next time.....
~Debra XXX


  1. Hi Debra, yes they are gorgeous! I need to go to the Farmer's Market more often. Ciao Rita

  2. Love all of these ideas. So pretty!
    Have a great day!!

  3. Beautiful Garden! Everything look's great...

  4. I love what you did with your fountains...just beautiful! The cyprus furniture is so rustic and pretty at the same time. What a talented guy. I love the birdhouse on the gave me an idea! ;-D


  5. i'm coming to your house to sit and relax!!!!!!! i am in garden heaven. thanks for sharing. my oh my...what cool stuff and i love the redos. so gorgeous. all of it.

  6. Hnnnn.......this weekend, we drove to Texas. LOL

    Back to business....your photos are so very beautiful, and your repurposing in too great.


  7. Great photos and ideas! I found your blog while searching "vintage." Glad I found you!

  8. I am just in AWE over all of the flowers!!! You have an amazing green thumb... I can take out silk flowers faster than you can SAY "silk flowers". Your photos are DIVINE!!! And Harley... can you say, MEGA TALENTED!!! And brave...

    :-) robelyn

  9. Debra,
    Girl, everytime you show your amazing home I drool! Your gardens are heaven. Really, just a paradise. Love the arbor, the cyprus furniture...whatever you paid for it, sounds like the maker deserved it! LOL Lisa

  10. Love the use of the old fountains and the way you put the planters together. The cyprus furniture fits right in with your home nestled in the woods.
    Love the clock shelf too!!!!

  11. What fabulous uses for the non-working fountains and bird baths. Genius... They are just gorgeous now, and your entire yard is heavenly. I would so enjoy it!
    Lovely photos of everything too. Well done.
    And thanks for the recent visit to my sign and message you left.