The backyard garden gets junkified

Rusty antique hoe in a red geranium flowerbed /

I have a new favorite place to sit in the backyard.

sitting area in the backyard, with lots of green grass and a rustic shed

Not too fancy nor fussy, and just the right amount of cute. And junk. ๐Ÿ™‚

rustic garden shed in a summer backyard

The flower box crate got planted and junkified in front of the character building. I chose a more vibrant red this year for the geraniums so they’d pop moreso from a distance.

mixing peat moss with garden soil for a flowerbed

planting alyssum in a freshly fertilized flowerbox

planting red geraniums inside a flowerbox
The soil was in fairly good shape but needed a little lightening, so I mixed in some peat moss for good measure and threw in a bit of homespun compost. I’ll also be using liquid fertilizer all summer to keep the blooms at their best.

And then the best part came. The junk jewelry. ๐Ÿ™‚

planting red geraniums inside a flowerbox

Love this old white hoe. It is quite the relic! But made a neat contrast against the soil and flowers.

rusty garden tools leaning against a rustic shed as garden art, inside a flowerbed with red geraniums

rusty garden tools leaning against a rustic shed as garden art, inside a flowerbed with red geraniums

wheelbarrow flower bed with a birdhouse fairy garden
And remember my crusty old wheelbarrow with all the colors on it?

wheelbarrow flower bed with a birdhouse fairy garden
It became a bird sanctuary of sorts. An old birdhouse and a rusty old cow feeder teamed up creating a little bed and breakfast with a hot tub. ๐Ÿ˜‰

wheelbarrow flower bed with a birdhouse fairy garden

purple summer flowers in bloom

hanging basket plants spilling out of the sides of a summer flower filled wheelbarrow

With even a level down below. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s still early in the season so once the blooms really get going, I’m sure the show will continue to improve.

weeding flower beds

The front yard is also currently being turned upside down. We are on a roll! Hopefully a reveal is in the near future there too. So while we’re in the thick of it…

gorgeous backyard mountain view with a huge weeping willow and rustic garden shed

… at least I have a pretty place to sit and rest up. ๐Ÿ™‚

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69 thoughts on “The backyard garden gets junkified

  1. If you ever decide to sell your house I may move to Canada and buy it. Or if you ever decide to visit the States feel free to come help me decorate! Love this!!

  2. How is your grass so perfect and green? Why do you get to look at the mountains like that?!
    I’m from Minnesota and it’s supposed to be similar (I guess cold-wise) to Canada and we must be getting skunked…

  3. Alicia, it’s all the rain we get. It’s rarely sunny. There’s a hefty price to pay for our amazing green. ๐Ÿ™‚ BTW… I never feed or fuss with the lawn. Just cut it. I use to feed and fuss but then I had to mow more! ๐Ÿ˜›


  4. WoW I don’t know anyone who can junk it up like you and I mean that as a compliment in the kindest way!

    The mortar hoe looks great in the flower box, how clever.

    I’m in awe of your lawn is it zoysia?

  5. Beautiful additions. Love all the greenery. Here in Arizona it is dry and barren and not much hope for rain soon. But, I can enjoy yours! Thanks 4 sharing.

  6. Girl, your grass is so green! And that view, wow ๐Ÿ™‚ Your yard is perfect. Love the junk pieces here and there. Nice idea with the bird sanctuary!
    Becky C

  7. Donna you are amazing in the way you create such special vignettes. I’m so happy I found this blog & know there are others like us who love “junk”


  8. All looking so pretty and junky. But that view is so amazing! You live in a very very gorgeous spot. My little fenced in backyard that makes me happy is nothing compared to having a mountain in your backyard. You really live in a beautiful area.

  9. Have always loved your shed…the flower garden is the red geraniums. I wish I was sitting looking at your view right now. Instead, I am stuck inside the air conditioning from 111 degree heat here in AZ!

  10. My husband enjoys the yard work, where I enjoy the house work, but I may have to go junkin’ for an old wheelbarrow to decorate for the yard. This is just perfect!

  11. You have such a beautiful backyard and gorgeous view! Your new flower beds are sweet with the whimsical touches making your yard a lovely place to sit and relax. Enjoy!!

  12. What a nice view on a day like today. It is Pouring rain here on the east coast and has rained for a week it seems like. I have been looking at your yard over and over. I scroll down, then I do it all over again. Is that your land behind the fence, or some kind of common space? It is really nice. I have a little shed that’s stone on two sides with a barn door and a wood roof. It would be perfect to fix up, but my husband keeps all the yard stuff in there. Maybe some weekend when he’s away I can clean it out and style it for pictures and then put all the stuff back. Well one thing the rain is good for is making rust. Ann

  13. I simply love your backyard! You are so talented when it comes to decorating both inside and outside! I noticed you have something in your garden that I turned into a candleholder…I’d love it if you stopped by and checked it out at Home Frosting. ( and it’s titled “funky junk”) Lesa

  14. You’ve just got a gift….taking a rusty, hoe with a hole large enough for a jack rabbit…and make it look like $(a million)$$….plain and simple it is just a gift….my husband wants a weeping willow…I think it’s too hot in FL…

  15. Your yard is SO GREEN! I live in the desert of Arizona and we are in SUMMER. Would so enjoy just sitting and looking and being. Thanks for sharing your home and life with us.

  16. I love it. I would have to sit in the chair and imagine a little hobbit living in the little house, which would call for an hour or so of daydreaming the story. I live in the country also and the views are just so restful. I love what you’ve done.

  17. In addition to all of the awesome junkified stuff, you have the most perfect grass lawn and the most spectacular view; absolutely breathtaking.

  18. I want your back yard. That is my kind of gardening and the scenery is heavenly. I can close my eyes and visualize myself sitting in your back yard, no don’t pinch me I don’t want to wake up yet. You must get a lot of rain where you are. We are having drought here in North Florida and my grass has suffered dearly as there is water restriction in effect. I do take some water out to my 5 pots of vegetables but flowers have been on the back burner for me this year. My poor log stump didn’t get her little flowers this year. Hopefully next year.

  19. Donna, you are simply amazing! I’m in awe. And what a gorgeous view you have. Can’t wait to see what you do in the front. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Love your yard Donna. It is so beautiful and green. We have been in a drought so ours is not
    that nice. It finally rained yesterday. You could see the grass sigh. We have an old vintage house jack like you have in your flowerbed. You certainly have a beautiful view.
    I love your shed, so dressed up and really

  21. It’s looking fabulous Donna! I love your little b&b! Here that would be a mosquito farm ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m always having to dump standing water. I do have bird baths that I have to put mosquito dunks in. They are so bad here. I get bit every day. But it doesn’t stop me. I love gardening. Can’t wait to see the front!

  22. Wow , what a perfect lawn … mine is full of other stuff besides the grass here in south Germany . I have just been to a designer’s garden with a very british “Sissinghurst Lawn” – looks exactly the same . Your little cottage – shed – is great , I love the decoration , and the idea with the old feeder and the birdhouse is just inspiring .

  23. Love the junkified beds:D Perfect place to enjoy a glass of tea on a hot day! The contrast between the well manicured yard and the junkified beds is fabulous!

  24. Oh my gosh, Donna – what a view, girl! What mountains are those, anyway? They’re amazing! If that’s your backyard, I can hardly wait to see the front! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love your little bird spa. What a sweet idea! โ™ฅ

    xoxo laurie

  25. Your photos, backyard, and view completely take my breath away! I find myself hoping my wheelbarrow may die a sudden death, lose a wheel, something so I can do this, I love it!

  26. Love the Bed and Breakfast with the hot tub. Sadly, my neighborhood wouldn’t allow any of this adorable stuff but I do enjoy looking at your beautiful creativity.

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