Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Frugal Gardener 2

Welcome to my garden once again.  I didn't want to overwhelm you last week so I broke this post into two segments.  Now where was I?
Oh yes, I was sharing the accessories I have acquired through the years and how I didn't have to spend a lot to achieve the look I wanted.  It just takes patience and when you look back on the treasures you have accumulated each and every one of them has special meaning and special memories attached.
I purchased this lovely Adirondack set at a yard sale for $40.  Yes, that's right, the whole set.  It came with faded and worn cushions so I did splurge and purchased a new set on EBay.  That was the only place I could find a floral pattern.  The settee cushion was too large so I opened up the seam, shortened it, stitched it by hand to close it up and made a pillow out of what was left using the same hand stitching method.  I love coming home after a hard day at work and feeling welcomed home with this lovely vignette.
Here is a close up of my little succulents I purchased at a yard sale last year.  I decided to make our yard more drought tolerant as we have been subject to water rationing in the last few years.  These still have the raindrops left from yesterday's storm.

I love statuary, big or small.  Another thing you will find a lot of is heads.  I love pretty heads and faces and tuck them all over the place.  You can see one on this little iron settee.  I haven't decided what to do with these pretty blue plant hangers yet so there they rest until they are called into action.  Oh, and pots?  Lots and lots.  I actually used several of these after taking these photos because my succulents are reproducing and I want to see if the babies will root in these pots.
Although we don't have a cat right now, I like cat statuary.  This is one of my favorites.  He's peaking into a porcelain bird cage I also found at a yard sale. 

Here is another one of my favorite kitties.  He's spying the birds with his binoculars while one sits and spies on him.

Another peak at one of my geese.  These look so real

This is our front porch.  The color you see is the silk kind.  The porch itself is too dark for real flowers.  Even the ivy struggles and has to be rotated or switched out frequently.   I still like to make it inviting.

Mr. and Mrs. are my official greeters in the spring.

Last but not least is this little critter I purchased to keep Cindy company in the yard when she is leashed up and my husband is working in the garage on things for me to take to the shop.  She keeps him company and likes to sit next to this little cow I purchased for her.  (Yes, I know he's a bull, but I like to pretend he's a cow because they are so pastoral.)

Thanks so much for continuing the tour from last week.  Not much is blooming yet, but give it another couple of weeks and it will be beautiful.
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NanaDiana said...

Maggie- Everything looks wonderful and Springy and looking ready for Summer, too.

You cannot tell those are silks on the porch at all- shhhh...mums the word here- They are beautiful.xo Diana

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh how pretty. I love your statues, and your garden is stunning. Hugs, Marty

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Wow, $40 for the whole set...Score, and what a great idea to make the cushions work. Your house is gorgeous and your greeters the rabbits are so cute


Patricia said...

It does all look very pretty Maggie and I love the chairs, what a bargain. Patricia

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Loved your post. I really like your tall plant stand. The ivy sure looks beautiful. Also the Mr.and Mrs Rabbit are so darling! Thanks for sharing,

Debbiedoo's said...

Maggie, you know I love your gardens..they are simply amazing! Thanks again for sharing. You scored too big time!!~

Kim @ La Belle Époque said...

Everything looks wonderful. I'm going to have to try succulents this year!

The House at Bluebird Lane said...

What a lovely spot to enjoy! I especially love Mr. and Mrs. Rabbit by the front door. :-) Hope you have a great day!

micki @ ADD housewife said...

what a lovely garden space! it looks very calming :) found you at debbie doos!

Alice said...

Olá, o seu jardim pareçe muito bonito,gostei muito, e vou voltar.
Alice (portugal)

chateau chic said...

Your patio areas are wonderful. Love the little adirondack set. So comfy and inviting.
Mary Alice

Fishtail Cottage said...

love love love your charming patio area! i'm working on redoing my patio this summer and so glad i popped over for some inspiration! I host a garden party that starts up again next Thursday (May 3rd) would love to see you link up sometime? xoox, tracie

Candy said...

Everything is so inviting. Thanks for sharing.
Im your newest follower. Please come visit me at and maybe you'll follow back. THANKS.

Aimee - said...

Totally Perfect!!! I'd love to have you share at my JUST opened!!!

XO, Aimee