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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Garden Art

It's our first Spring in the house! I'm just starting to think about designing beds and landscapes.
Today I went looking for antique and vintage garden objects for the porches, gardens and grounds.
Here is a sampling of what I found....



pair of vintage concrete urns with great patina




old dovecote and an antique iron pediment from a building in Portland, Oregon


pair of large vintage concrete finials with wonderful patina



new, but lovely pair of very large jardinieres


pair of old light fixtures


antique iron birdhouse



misc. iron pieces


old iron baskets



concrete balusters and old birdbath, and glazed terracotta base



vintage stepping stones



antique French iron cross on antique iron base from Birmingham, Alabama



French fountain


old copper tub



pair of iron railings with leaves


pair of concrete planters from a nunnery in New Orleans



Antique iron gas light fixtures from San Fransisco, antique iron urn with copper floats


old zinc roof finials from Texas buildings



seahorse armillary sphere on concrete baluster base




vintage and antique watering cans galore!

Oh, wait........... did I mention I was "looking" in my basement and garage?!!

33 comments:

Red Door Home said...

What fantastic treasures. You are one lucky lady. Can't wait to see how you use them all.

Tamra said...

Oh my! I'll take the iron birdhouse, the french fountain and the zinc finials please. I'm going to come shop in your basement!!

Beautiful stuff, can't wait to see what you do with it.

shelly said...

Such great garden treasures! I guessed about halfway through the post that you were basement shopping...wowza...what a great stash.

A Perfect Gray said...

get out! those are wonderful! that fountain is especially nice..I kept looking at the stone walls and said to myself 'where is this stuff...' Good one!

the gardeners cottage said...

Hi Joan,

You KILL me! I was thinking how on earth does all this stuff from all over the US of A wind up in Mass? Well of course, b/c you brought it there! Now I found some interesting things that I had forgotten about in my basement but nothing quite like this! Adore the french fountain and old copper tub.

I was just thinking about you today and you put up a post! Maybe I knew something fantastic was coming.

Your friend in So. Cal.

~janet

the gardeners cottage said...

Sorry Joan, I knew it is New Hampshire! Was I close?

~janet

Southerncook said...

Oh my Joan, would I ever LOVE to come shop in your basement. I cannot wait to see where you place all these fabulous garden ornaments. Absolutely LOVED this post.

Carolyn

Cindy said...

Hi Joan: I was so happy to see that you had a new post! Wow! I cannot wait to see how you use your great items in the gardens and porch.
Cindy

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Yeah...Ms. sneak....I had a feeling you were "looking" in there.

and, BTW...that noise you will hear in the morning....Just me...Lookin' too!

K?

Flick, said...

Holy heck, that's a lot of good stuff you have there! I was thinking that was a serious haul for one days looking... I love the old concrete stuff, the tub, and anything iron! Enjoy finding special spots in your garden for all that lovliness.
:) Flick (so jealous)

carolyn said...

You got me! I was thinking- wow, Joan & Dan have been doing some major travel/antiquing lately and what fab results of their hard work!!

And then....silly me- it's your basement!

And Linda @ Lime..- she's funny! If you're not careful, there may be a bus load of us pulling up your driveway. : )

Happy to see your post- can't wait to see how you use things.

Carolyn

house things said...

You kill me! In your basement. Love the stepping stones. Actually, I love all of it.

SarahWhite said...

SAAAAAAAAAAAAAA--Woooooooooon! Wow...unbelievable...I'll ride up with Linda. :) I thought of you the other day as I was buying some marble grapes at a church sale...not alabaster, but close. And so pretty. Happy day my New England friend! :)

My Yellow House said...

WOW! You have some amazing things to work with. I can't wait to see what creative and lovely things you do with them. If you design your gardens like you do your home, it will be amazing!

Sarah

Anonymous said...

I thought some of those pieces looked familiar!

smilla4blogs said...

I suspect you have a lot of New Englanders in your family tree! We are famous for saving everything...and shopping at home! Now, it will be so much fun to see what you do with all your lovely garden artifacts!

diana said...

Hah! I kept thinking how in the world did she find all of that...ya got me! Isnt it a great time of the year in New England? Now if the rain would hold up a bit!

Millie said...

Looking forward to seeing all these in your lovely garden Joan. Did I tell you MOTH & I are planning on booking out your Guest Room when we come your way later in the year. Oh, sorry was that a thud I heard as you & Dan fall to the floor in shock/horror at the very thought of an Aussie invasion!!!
Millie ^_^

Kara said...

1. Very jealous! That is some amazing stuff!
2. That cross is gorgeous!

the polished pebble said...

Hi Joan, Looking forward to seeing your garden!

xo kelley

Jennifer said...

I gasped at your last sentence! lucky lady!

table lamps said...

They are all great pieces and would make a great addition to any garden.

Boxwood Terrace said...

Amazing, Joan. All those pieces are already in your basement?! Can't wait to see what you do with them.
Deborah

Connie said...

Wow!!! You are going to have some fun with all of that and I can't wait to see what you do with it all!

Connie

Lara Harris said...

ooh! Love it all!

Vava (aka Virginia) said...

goodness gracious....what divine stuff!

El said...

Incredible. You have some fabulous finds. Can't wait to see what you do with them!

My Grama's Soul said...

Isn't it great to finally be able to unpack your things............and lovely things they are, I might add!!

Jo

Profile said...

Amazing!!! I am now on the hunt for garden decor... any suggestions on locations around me? Isabella

xristina said...

You are very lucky girl!!!!! I looooove your iron cross and bird house. I am really very jealous , very ,very....Agni

Anonymous said...

Love your blog. The "french fountain" can still be found in old European apartment buildings that originally had no plumbing except out in the hall. The shared water spigot came into that sort of wall-hung vessel.

for the love of a house said...

Dear Anon,
I would SO love to see one in it's original application! The next best thing is that you have seen it, and have told me about it!
Thank you!
joan

Lady Courtney said...

lol...that is funny! I would love to shop in your basement! :) donna

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