The garden is waking up!

The end of the week. What a relief!  We went from Carazzzyyy busy earlier in the week to very slow as a lot of doctors left for vacation. Feast or famine, right?  That meant we could get in a nice ride this afternoon, although it was a bit chilly.


My garden is cleaned up and showing signs of life now. Yay!  I think all of my roses made it. Still waiting on the butterfly bush and the coneflowers to see the survivors. Those show late, so I am not worried yet.


I did a little project last week that I didn’t get a chance to show.  I had some old flower containers that I had found in the attic of our shop. I couple years ago, I stuck them out in the garden. However, they rusted past the “this looks cool” rust to “geez – that’s nasty” rust.



So, I decided to try to salvage them and hopefully they will last a few more years before they completely rust through.


I cleaned them out good of dirt and a lot of rust.  Then I sprayed the inside with a clear coat just for protection. I didn’t want to paint the inside with the more expensive color, since it wouldn’t show anyway.



Then it was time for my hammered copper paint!


The came out pretty cool, too, I have to say. 

One in its spot:


It’s too cold for annuals yet… except for pansies! I might have to pick some up so the pots don’t look quite so lonely.

We are going to attempt a ride to the lake tomorrow. It’s supposed to be in the upper 50s, so hopefully the lake path will be clear of ice and snow by now. This means 30 miles and hills! I give myself permission to walk up some if I need to, but I will challenge myself.

Have a great weekend!

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17 thoughts on “The garden is waking up!

    1. Lori Post author

      Well, if you set something at your curb, someone else will take whatever item you have out there and repurpose it 😀

  1. Shelley B

    How cool to find another use for that copper paint – the containers look new, well, in a retro “you’ll never find this at Lowes” way, that is. 😉

    Here’s to an enjoyable bike ride!
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    1. Lori Post author

      Yes, they are unique looking. The copper certainly stands out now, especially without anything really growing in the garden LOL

  2. Tami@nutmegnotebook

    Amazing what a difference a little paint can do! I thought of you last weekend as we headed out for our first bike ride of the season. We did about 12 miles which was just right. I don’t think well have time to ride this weekend but perhaps next week. I have to ease back into it as it make my legs and my fanny sore!
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    1. Lori Post author

      We are still easing into distance with the rides, but having the trainer inside over the winter sure helps!

  3. Jeannie/Qlts2Slo

    I KNEW you’d do something else cool with that copper paint, I’ve actually been waiting to see. Happy riding!

  4. Heather

    I love those flower pots. My mom has tons of them, because my great-great aunt & uncle were caretakers. They are actually very old pots used for funeral arrangements, and of course nobody ever came back to pick them up. I’ve seen them go for as much as $50 a piece at sales around here in Ohio. They also used to keep all the ribbons when they picked up the dead stuff after funerals, and of course, back then the ribbons were real silks and such. My great-grandma took them and turned them into rag rugs. We have a few of them and they are beautiful with all the colors.

    1. Lori Post author

      I think there might be another one of the fan shaped one in the attic. I will have to check and see. Maybe I should keep that one out of the elements and not let it rust!

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