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Anis Zuraini

Anis Zuraini

How to design vignettes for a small garden

Welcome to a Malaysian juntique garden!  Anis Zuraini sent in some shabby sweet pictures of her garden near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia that somehow remind me of the tiny Hello Kitty ensembles my daughter loved as a child.  Anis knows how to put together a garden vignette, a ‘little scene’ in her small garden.  Each corner contains another creative combination in her collection in a decidedly Spring-like setting.

A sweet garden story…

Meet me in the Garden

Meet me in the Garden

Let’s take a walk with small steps..

Birds are singing, you by my side
Lets take a car and go for a ride
Hey..hey heyy beautiful Monday..lalalala

Hello! Good Afternoon!

Hello! Good Afternoon!

 

My junktique junk garden

My junktique junk garden

 

Happy Saturday..in my Garden

Happy Saturday..in my Garden

 ”I’d rather have a roses on my table than diamonds on my neck,” -Emma Goldman

 

Welcome Vinca to our Garden

Welcome Vinca to our Garden

 

Sweet For my sweet...My lovely Vinca

Sweet For my sweet…My lovely Vinca

 

Oldskol garden

Oldskol garden

 

Green Space

Green Space

 “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
― Albert Einstein —

My Sunshine..lovely Hydrangea

My Sunshine..lovely Hydrangea

 

 

 

 

Chokolateee

Chokolateee

 

Be always blooming my dear Petunia

Be always blooming my dear Petunia

Thanks to Anis Zuraini for sharing her garden.  Captions and quotations provided by her.

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Perfectly possible potting benches

Perfectly possible recycled potting benches

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How to build a potting bench, perfectly!

If you garden, you need a potting bench. If you’re a Flea Market Gardener, you make it yourself from recycled items! Why? We’re naturally thrifty and love putting our stamp on things we use as much as a potting bench.

Here are the best and easiest of our upcycled potting bench ideas:

Perfectly possible potting benches

Stephanie’s recycled an old picnic table and benches,…genius and so easy to do!

Stephanie Freeman lives and gardens in Humboldt County in California.  She says, “My garden consists of the area that borders our backyard. The grass in the middle belongs to the kids and the dogs, the planting beds and patios around the edge are mine.”

 

My freebie potting bench. No time to decorate or set it up yet...but very happy.

“My freebie potting bench. No time to decorate or set it up yet…but very happy,” says Stephanie.

“Last year I laid a little patio area with free broken concrete, but didn’t have a set plan for that corner. The potting bench was inspired by Pinterest…of course, what isn’t, these days?”

“I had an old picnic table that was really getting a little too rough for the kiddos to use at our barbeques anymore, and I had even considered putting it out on the curb with a “free” sign on it. But ever since finding Flea Market Gardening, and seeing all the posts and stories, I realized what a treasure I really had! And that empty corner would be the best place for it, against the old shed.”

 

I’m so excited for spring to finally get here, and to be able to use my ‘new/old’ picnic-table-potting-bench. I found an old pot in the garage, painted it, then painted birdies on an old fence board. I scored a galvanized watering can at an actual Flea Market!  I talked somebody out of their old enamelware colander!

Stephanie says, “I’m so excited for spring to finally get here, and to be able to use my ‘new/old’ picnic-table-potting-bench. I found an old pot in the garage, painted it, then painted birdies on an old fence board. I scored a galvanized watering can at an actual Flea Market! I even talked someone out of their old enamelware colander!”

”I sanded the tops of the tables and benches, and painted them white, to help protect them, and also because I have a gallon of white from another project. I left the legs red, because I thought it would look good up against the rusty shed. My son cleared the area of weeds, and helped me move the table, and my handy hubby placed a few strategically placed nails to stabilize it. I didn’t use much extra lumber, because I didn’t want to block the lines of the bench, I love the crisscross shape the legs make.”
”So now I am all set for gardening! I never had a place for just my gardening bits, so this is really exciting.

My next plan, is to get hubby to run power over there, so I can have some fairy lights.  I’m having so much fun “Flea Market Gardening”, I never knew there was a name for the style I liked.”  ~~ Stephanie

 Q & A:

Q ) Sherry Ledet: “I really like the stacked wood picnic table and benches. If I can raise the level of the table to almost counter top high this would work. This is one of the most workable ideas I have seen with hardly any building involved.”

AStephanie Freeman “Sherry, I put 4×4 posts under the legs of my picnic table potting bench to raise it up a bit. aka Steff’s Stuff @FMG, thanks for including me in the article! It looks great, and I have lots more ideas now from the other featured potting benches! I get inspiration from you gals on a daily basis!”

More easy Potting table ideas

Have you seen the prices charged for potting tables in stores and catalogs?!  These gardeners made their own, and added they’re own personalities. Once you have a dedicated spot to ‘work’ in the garden, you’ll never go back to potting on your patio table,..or ..shudders,…the ground.

Julie Scherbarth says, "My side yard with potters bench my husband made."

Julie Scherbarth says, “My side yard with potters bench my husband made.”

 

Sue Gerdes's planting table from all kinds of bits and bobs.

Sue Gerdes’s planting table from all kinds of bits and bobs of architectural surplus.

 

Barbara Fruehe command center, made for her by her clever husband, Tim.

Barbara Fruehe command center, made for her by her clever husband, Tim.

 

Ann Elias says, My new work area is almost done. Still need a top piece for the potting bench..and then a rain barrel so I have water available. Had my plant sale today...and enjoyed giving tours of my garden and the Lady Lounge The paint was a gallon of oops paint from Home Depot. Cheap and I like the color.

Ann Elias says, “My new work area is almost done. Still need a top piece for the potting bench..and then a rain barrel so I have water available. Had my plant sale today…and enjoyed giving tours of my garden and the Lady Lounge The paint was a gallon of oops paint from Home Depot. Cheap and I like the color.”

 

LoriAnne Ross's potting bench.  An old table, a window and a discrd fireplace surround.

LoriAnne Ross’s potting bench. An old table, a window and a discrd fireplace surround.

 

Laurie Wanat's rustic and practical potting table. You can make a mess here and play!

Laurie Wanat’s rustic and practical potting table. You can make a mess here and play!

 

Nell Stelzer's father in law made this potting bench for her,....from pallets!

Nell Stelzer’s father in law made this potting bench for her,….from pallets!

 

Nancy Carter says, "My favorite project for this year was my potting bench. We bought a porcelain topped table at half price at the end of an estate sale and added the shelves and hardware cloth."

Nancy Carter says, “My favorite project for this year was my potting bench. We bought a porcelain topped table at half price at the end of an estate sale and added the shelves and hardware cloth.”

 

 

 

 

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March into Spring 'Spring' and 'The Layered Garden' Contest prizes

“March into Spring!” Photo Contest

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March 28th – Here are the winners!

Congratulations to all Winners and Honorable Mentions!

Judy Baird  First Place!

Judy Baird First Place!

Judy Baird First Place!

What the judges said,…’I really like this one. It says Spring! …This is 1st place for me … it struck me as a great Spring photo because of the violas poppin’ up …and I loved the vantage point.   …

Sarah Johnson Second Place!

Sarah Johnson Second Place!

Sarah Johnson Second place!

What the judges said, “This one just shouts ‘Spring’ with all those daffodils and I love  that the person added the wheel in the corner of the photo.  …I love the colors!”

Becky Norris  Third Place!

Becky Norris Third Place!

Becky Norris Third Place!

What the judges said, “the path was handmade and the flowers look perfect around it… I don’t know what is stacked at the right, but it looks cool!  ….just a beautiful garden w/lots of garden art … this garden is lovely”

Sherry Carlson Fourth Place!

Sherry Carlson Fourth Place!

Sherry Carlson Fourth Place!

What the Judges said, ” it’s a GREAT close-up. …I always keep coming back to this one!’

See the best of the  entries:

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or See the entire March into Spring album on our Facebook page

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March 26th- Contest ends,…Judging begins

 

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March 23rd- Flea Market Gardening  “March into Spring!” Photo Contest!

Find a picture that combines Flea Market or junkin‘ with Spring gardening!

Rules:

  • Contest begins now, March 23rd!
  • One photo entry per person, if you post more by mistake, the first one will count.
  • Tell us a bit about your photo, name of the plant, where you got your items…
  • Entries should be posted to our Facebook page Wall and labeled:

 “March into Spring!”

 

Your photo will be judged on these criteria:

#1 It celebrates the Spring season
#2 some form of Flea Market item, recycled rust, or junkola.
#3 It can be taken at any time, preferably in Spring, but must be taken by you.

#4 Photo must be labeled to count: “March into Spring!”

Entries must be submitted online no later than Wednesday, March 26 at 4pm Pacific time.

 Photos

The contest photos will be collected in a “March into Spring!” album on our FMG facebook page and in a slide show here on this page.

Photo must be labeled to count: “March into Spring!”

Winners

Winners will be chosen in First, Second, Third, and Fourth place and those photos will be used in our Facebook header photos for the month of April.

First place winner will also win a book, The Layered Garden and a beaded bed spring suncatcher, made by Marie Niemann!

March into Spring 'Spring' and 'The Layered Garden' Contest prizes

March into Spring ‘Spring’ and ‘The Layered Garden’ Contest prizes

Winners will be announced by Thursday , March 27th and posted here Friday March 28th and on our FB page!

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Craft and Garden Workspaces

Craft and Garden Workspaces: We clean up!

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Spring Cleaning:  We straighten up our garden craft supplies!

True confession time!  Where do you keep your junk, ….I mean ‘art supplies?

This is a term coined by our own George Weaver, who once showed us his shed, and ‘art supplies’ is now our own term for the junkola that we cobble together to make ART for our gardens.

Marie Niemann has volunteered to give you all a peek into her stash, shown, and we’re all wondering if you take the Double Dog Dare and show us yours?

How about it…(whining,) “Are we alone in this?“  Leave your confession in the comments and show us your stash on Facebook…  Dare ya!

 Before…

Marie's mess...oh, dear, Marie!

Marie’s mess…oh, dear, Marie!

Marie Niemann says, “I’d like to be more organized. LOL We’re all kindred spirits!! You are not alone!  Let’s organize a support group! Oh we already did! Ha!

After!

Marie Niemann's craft shelves after

Marie Niemann’s craft shelves, after!

 

Sue Player has pretty organized shelves!

Sue Player has pretty organized shelves!

Confessions:

Rita Smith says, “I have one big corner of ‘Arts and Crafts’ all in boxes and every room has something ‘stored.’ What makes it worse I have three categories, junk, upcycle, ‘for kids,’ no restrictions, (that’s four, Rita)  just fun fun fun, (Five, but who’s counting) then my ‘Precious collection, secret, don’t touch finds’ (Six!) bought or collected for a purpose and kept because I’ll never find the same again!  Nutty or what?  You’ll get no pictures, because my Mother might see!”

Bobbie Lynn “I am not this brave to put it out there. My “art supplies” are hidden in closets, drawers, boxes, the attic, and garage. I’m a “secret hoarder”…shhhhh don’t tell.”

Kimberly Sepulveda  “Great idea!! And, no, you are not alone. My “art pieces” are in the garage, hall closet, shed in backyard, …….just about any place that is available!”

Sue Lock-davis  says, “Hi, I’m in Adelaide, Australia . mine gets called all sorts of nasty names by my children because yes it has got out of hand. They actually say ‘Mum don’t you die and leave this mess to us!’ But how does one throw something out when they see it so differently than others?

I find an object and see a raw beauty in it with so many uses I’m sure I will find uses for all. I just need to re-organize a bit.

I love coloured glass and want to create something in the garden that they will stand back and say Mum that’s beautiful and hope the creativity seed is planted.”

Nancy Carter shows off her space....luxury!

Nancy Carter shows off her space….luxury!

 

Louise Atkin “I have not shared with anyone“  (Oh, dear!)

p.s. my husband thinks I am the only one…

F.g. Green confesses, “in the upper outbuilding, no, the lower outbuilding, uh no, the unattached garage, oh wait, the attached garage and the attic, oh and the den! That about covers it!…..I think!”

Jan Jensen Clark “In every nook and cranny.”

Tiffany Matzke-gieser says,  “See I’m not only one. And my husband thinks I’m crazy.”

 

Where creative people work…

Sue Gerdes garage space

Sue Gerdes garage space filled with art supplies

Sue Gerdes I am going to confess…this is one spot of about 5….not cleaned up but organized to a degree. I double dog dare everyone to show their mess…I mean treasure trove!”

 

Sue Gerdes' little hangies, fabic pouches filled with supplies

Sue Gerdes’ little hangies, fabic pouches filled with supplies

Sue Gerdes says, “This helped me a little with the small things. I took hangers and a clear shower curtain and material and made little ‘hangies’ to store beads and things that would get lost.”

 

Sue Gerdes I feel so much better after confession...Whew

Sue Gerdes I feel so much better after confession…Whew

Sue, you’re NOT alone!

 

Sherry from 'Recycled by Skattur' My supplies How about everywhere

Sherry from ‘Recycled by Skattur’ My supplies How about everywhere??

 

Jeanne Sammons  My shed… is a bit more organized than in this pic from earlier in the year!   The snow is melting here in Iowa & yesterday I was able to ‘wade thru snow & slush to the garden shed. Oh boy, my eyes ‘sparkled’ when I opened the door & there was my ‘stash’…just waiting for Spring!  Here’s the view …”

Jeanne Sammons says,  This is one fourth of the garden shed ...

Jeanne Sammons says, This is one fourth of the garden shed …


Terminology is the key 

They’re Craft rooms, ‘art pieces’ and ‘Precious finds’

Jeannie Rhodes I’ve always heard clutter and messiness is the sign of a creative person! Organized people just don’t understand!

Joyce England “I call it the craft room, the kids call it the CRAP room.”

Abby Lovett My husband calls my stuff junk, but his are called “investments!”

Lauretta Haasch confesses, “My space is known as MOM’S (NANNAS, NINNAS ) STUFF! I am healed! I am not the only one! These things are FINDS/ PRECIOUS FINDS, and when I find something I look just like Gulum, the little guy on ‘Lord of the Ring.’ Yes, THANK YOU, girls I’m home!”

Shelley Novotny from JunkArta redid her shed just right

Shelley Novotny from JunkArta redid her shed just right

 

Rationalization is good

Sue Gerdes The thing is I need things at my fingertips when I get the urge to make something. We live a long way from a store…that’s my story and I am stickin to it!!!

Rusty Brown all over the place…told my husband to get rid of all the tools and junk in his shed so I can claim it and he told me that he didn’t see that happening any time soon…

Trish's husband fixed up her workspace

Trish’s husband fixed up her workspace

 

Trish, from 'I Felt That - Needle Feltings' says, He does good work!

Trish, from ‘I Felt That – Needle Feltings’ says, He does good work!

 

Your Good Tips:

Flower Child: Amen I have found my kind of people!! You all have great stuff..mine is all over. Recently got rid of clothes so I would have more closet space for my “stuff’!

Linda Cavataio I took over my girls playhouse it needs to be organized very badly!

Pat Blinn Use clear tubs for easy access, stored in my basement!

Me?  I keep much of my ‘mess’ outdoors next to my garden shed.  A while ago, I got help from Flea Market Gardeners who advised me on how to redo my potting bench to make it prettier and more useful!

My Potting bench area,...what a MESS!

My Potting bench area,…what a MESS!

See more:

In which, I clean up my potting bench

Julie’s secret garden junk stash

We use supplies for all these projects!   How to: Easy project ideas   50+ garden projects!

 

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Wheeling your garden

Real old wheelbarrows,…in the garden

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Wheeling your garden away!

Using old vintage wheelbarrows in the garden….

I have a fondness for old wheelbarrows, leaky, rusty,…only suitable in which to plant flowers. An old rusty contractor wheelbarrow was my very first acquisition and started me off on my ‘career’ as a ‘junk’ or ‘Flea Market’ gardener. Many of us have them, too!  So easy to visualize as a planter, wheelbarrows can simply be filled with soil and planted with annual flowers or succulents.

Here, you’ll see many examples of each way and every way to plant up a vintage wheelbarrow for the garden.

 

My rusty wheelbarrow filled with sunny yellow petunias.

My rusty wheelbarrow filled with sunny yellow petunias. This famous wheelbarrow was found on a deserted road side and the whole story is told, see the link below.

 

Sedum filled wheelbarrow, my first wheelbarrow to play with!

Sedum filled wheelbarrow, my first wheelbarrow to play with!  This is Spring.

My rusty contractor’s wheelbarrow, found and wheeled home unashamedly on trash day already has holes for drainage, which I covered with screening. The ‘Dragon’s Blood’ sedum has been growing in it for four years without much care. I just give it a splash of water now and then. ~~ Sue

In Fall, my sedum wheelbarrow turns 'blood' red

In Fall, my sedum wheelbarrow turns ‘blood’ red

 

 

Arlene Brenneman says, "Look who's hiding under the wheelbarrow planted with sedums. Had a hard time getting him to look up for the photo - he was busy watching bugs crawl around."

Arlene Brenneman says, “Look who’s hiding under the wheelbarrow planted with sedums. Had a hard time getting him to look up for the photo – he was busy watching bugs crawl around.”

 

Lynne Mann’s wheelbarrow

Lynne Mann’s wheelbarrow

Lynne says, “My husband, Tom, made a cart after he got the wheel from a Flea Market near Wellsboro, Pennsylvania.

 

Denise Calvert wheelbarrow is cleverly used as a background for flowers in her planting bed.

Denise Calvert wheelbarrow is cleverly used as a background for flowers in her planting bed

 

Iona Lewis's wheelbarrow

Iona Lewis’s wheelbarrow, filled to the brim with petunias and senicio

 

Jane Krauter's wheelbarrow

Jane Krauter’s wheelbarrow

Jane Krauter brightens up a shady corner of her garden with her bright blue wheelbarrow filled to the rim with impatiens. She says, “Last April, I found the blue wheelbarrow and the old wooden chair on the side of the road! I planted right in it, …it took lots of potting soil!

 

Rita Michalak placed her wheelbarrow as if someone just left it there from out of the woods.

Rita Michalak placed her wheelbarrow as if someone just left it there from out of the woods.

 

Nancy McKay's lush wheelbarrow includes creeping Jenny and Zinnia

Nancy McKay’s lush wheelbarrow includes creeping Jenny and puffy Zinnia

 

I love the way Michele Orwig's wheelbarrow is painted a yellow green to match the yellow flowers and vibrant potato vine.

I love the way Michele Orwig’s wheelbarrow is painted a yellow green to match the yellow flowers and vibrant potato vine

 

Lisa Galyean's wheelbarrow has the very desirable metal wheel.

Lisa Galyean’s wheelbarrow has the very desirable metal wheel and many whimsical bends and ripples

 

 

 

 

Jean Morrow's wheelbarrow

Jean Morrow’s wheelbarrow

Jean Morrow has planted her wheelbarrow at least twice, changing the look with flowers she chooses each time. Here, it’s shown with a variety of lacy-looking pastels, which contrast with the rusty metal.

 

Denise Calvert's wheelbarrow is cleverly used here as a background for flowers in her planting bed.

Denise Calvert’s wheelbarrow is cleverly used here as a background for flowers in her planting bed

 

Julie Brown's wheelbarrow

Julie Brown’s wheelbarrow

Julie Brown says she has at least three wheel barrows in her garden. Look at all that lovely rust! With the nice little stack of clay pots, the old wooden tool handles and that pretty little blue petunia,… it’s subtle, but sheer genius. We like the background of the metal filigree headboard as well–it just doesn’t get any better.

Now with all these ideas, you go out and get that wheelbarrow! You know what to do with it now, and we won’t say a word when we see you wheel it down the street on trash day….we understand you!

 

More on garden wheelbarrows:

How to plant a rusty wheelbarrow for the garden Step by step

Dragon’s Blood and first snow   Especially for succulent lovers

Meeting Nell Stelzer See how Nell was inspired by one of these very wheelbarrows and what she did.

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