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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?!!


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

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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.


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


  7. 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.


  8. 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.

  9. 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!


  10. 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)

  11. 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.


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

  13. 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! :)

  14. 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!


  15. I thought some of those pieces looked familiar!

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

  18. 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 ^_^

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

  20. Hi Joan, Looking forward to seeing your garden!

    xo kelley

  21. I gasped at your last sentence! lucky lady!

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

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

  24. 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!


  25. goodness gracious....what divine stuff!

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

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


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

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

  30. 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.

  31. 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!

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


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