Monday, June 13, 2011

Antique Secret Garden

Warning....this is a picture-heavy post so grab a cup of coffee or tea and join me on an incredible garden walk!

Last week I wanted to post a Squash House garden update, but our gardener is way behind in mowing the lawn due to an abundance of rain as of late, so it will have to wait a few more days!  Instead, I'm bringing you a garden Mr. Squash and I saw on Saturday!  We visited our favorite antique store in Oregon - The Elephant's Trunk - and came to find out the garden was open for the season!

One fellow is responsible for the entire garden and has been it's caretaker for some years now.  We were totally blown away by the creative vignettes and mix of perennials, annuals and antiques!  I know we came away with loads of inspiration - hopefully you will as well!

Mr. and Mrs. Dove welcomed us to the garden!
This is the kind of summer cooking I love to do!
What a lovely entrance to one side of the garden.
Hmm....wonder what the deer antlers are doing here?
Nature's best pest control - the Ladybug!
Lovely sitting area.
I love this little fountain, but decided not to take it home to further encourage our squirrel population!

Ideas everywhere you look!








The kind of deer you WANT to visit your garden!

Solitary reflection area.


I would never have thought to use an old baby carriage frame like this!

I hope everyone enjoyed this garden as much as we did!  We even brought something home from it that you will see in my next garden update!  I've also begun working on a bed quilt and will have some blocks to show you soon!

20 comments:

Quilt Hollow said...

The gardens are beautiful. They obviously get plenty of water or shall I say rain. We could never keep anything like that here. We haven't seen a shower in weeks and temps in the 90's. I'd have been in heaven there!!

Wendy said...

I love garden junk, I made my tipsy plant holder this weekend. Thanks for a tour of the beautiful garden.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the garden tour! I loved it and came away with a few ideas to use in my own garden.

Gran - Knot-y Embroidery Lady said...

Thank you for a lovely garden walk - my cup of tea is finished and I am ready to take on the day. I always your posts!

Linda said...

What gorgeous pics and gardens!! So lush!! I love all the garden props!!

Stephanie said...

Absolutely fun and gorgeous. I couldn't pick a favorite vignette. How about I grab a cup of tea and meet you there?

Sharon said...

Fabulous, I just planted some pots for my backyard and this gave me a few more ideas. I love the drawer!

Kaaren said...

My kind of place!

Yard art...ya gotta love it!!!

I can't wait to see what you brought home.

Libby said...

How wonderful - my kinda garden. I might'nt have wanted to ever go home *s*

Karen said...

What an interesting garden! I was going to post an update on my own but I also went another direction. Maybe later this week we'll both do that :D

AnnieO said...

Wow, that's a lot to peruse on a single visit, lol! Rusty stuff is always great in gardens, I think :)

Lynn said...

Thanks Candace for posting all of the pictures. You can tell the caretaker gardens with love. How creative!

Granny Lindie said...

AWESOME!! Today I can no longer do gardens as once did, so REALLY DO ENJOY seeing others.

Louise said...

I have been a bit behind on checking blogs. What a delight this morning to enjoy those wonderful garden photos. I have that same ladybug birdhouse on my front porch. It is one of the few that I have that remains unoccupied. I am embarrased to say we are going to work outside today finally. Working hard on a lovely 9 patch for my sister's birthday..I am sheepish to say it will be a tad bit late. Thanks again..

pratima said...

It is a beautiful garden. I like the rustic touches. So many lovely ideas and uses for antiques. Bird baths and other accessories are just great! Thank you for sharing, Candace :)

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Wow! What a fun place to hang out. I couldn't imagine taking care of all of that, but it would be fun to visit. Your pictures are beautiful.

Nicole said...

Thank you for sharing such wonderful pictures of that garden! I got loads of ideas for my new backyard!

Carrie P. said...

what fun! We were sitting at the dinner table the other night and my husband saw a deer jump the fence. He ran outside and scared him away so he wouldn't eat our stuff.

Houseelf said...

What a lovely jumbly garden. I like the bird house themed back of a chair.

jbrgeternity said...

You have "the most" interesting garden. Each photo intriqued me so much I wanted to go sit and enjoy the garden for real..the last shot of the baby carriage prompted me to write this and tell you. My mother is discovering gardening as a means of filling the gap after 7 children. Of course she has plenty to do with all her grandchildren, but the newest babies in her life are her plants. Life is wonderful. I think you are a pretty special lady too.