Oh, the farm. It’s such a place of peace and tranquility, and…
fabulous repurposed garden ideas!
Yes, just last week, I visited our 5th generation Minnesota farm, now owned by my cousin Ole and his wife, Diane, for a four day family reunion.
Yes. Four days…and it was fantastic!
As we drove up the dirt ‘n gravel driveway, lush and manicured lawns greeted us, along with old growth white and Norway pine trees – their height and denseness provide protection from strong farmland winds, and yet, they sway in the summer breeze like they haven’t a care in the world.
I took a lesson from those arboreal giants that day and let all mine go as well.
Hopping out of the car, I began taking a closer look. I spied some fabulous garden decor and knew I’d have to share these sweet ‘n inspired-from-the-farm ideas with y’all.
I just loved this cute ol’ wagon that has patinated so beautifully in the Minnesota weather. Look for one in your area at garage sales, flea markets or from a friend or family member. Leave it outside filled with your favorite blooms and enjoy its quaintness!
Antique enamelware water basins are wonderful garden decor items that add varying height and dimension in a flowerbed. A cast iron head board makes for a charming and functional trellis.
Repurposed garden decor doesn’t have to be complicated. Set by a doorway or at the bottom of some steps, this’ll charm the socks off the most sternest of farmers (or city folk).
Okay, so this isn’t necessarily garden decor, but, it’s certainly a post-farming functional hat ‘n coat rack that’s measuring up to repurposing fabulousness! Disclosure: this is actually a regular hat and coat rack with two rulers loosely placed on top to add a snazzy look. Talk about useful – even the rulers can be used!
As we were traveling from the farm to the Cities, we came across this li’l gem I couldn’t pass up – well…almost. My Cousin Tom slowed the car enough for me to take this photo out the window. Still, I could SO see this dry-docked canoe in our backyard filled with all kinds of flowers or even a yummy “floating” herb garden.
As a side note and special addition to this post, I thought I’d share a very meaningful event we all participated in during this visit to Minnesota. In celebration of the 150th year of our farm (wow!), we planted this northern red oak tree and dedicated it to our Aunt Mim.
She’s home now, and is so missed. On the bright side, it’ll be wonderful to see it grow with each visit and to remember her strong, strong spirit.
Yep. She’ll give this oak tree even MORE strength!
We love you Mimmie-Mouse.
I just loveloveLOVE it when a reader is inspired by one of my posts – especially when it’s someone I know! Look how my long-time friend and diving teammate, Britt Williams Willard, repurposed a vintage wagon into a lovely, moveable garden bed!
All photography (except noted) by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly