Monday, June 15, 2009

The "New" Old Wheelbarrow

You may remember a post last summer on my wheel-
barrow. I stole it from hubby! Yeah, I really did. He kind of liked that wheelbarrow, but one day while he was golfing I planted flowers in it! Hubby bought something else to use and life went on. Every year I planted flowers in that wheelbarrow, but last fall when I planted the pansies I discovered the bottom of the wheelbarrow had completely rusted out. It literally fell apart when I tried to move it. So, I was on the hunt for another one. I didn't have to go far. I was over at Mother's one afternoon and hanging on the house at the very back was just what I needed. I asked her if she used the old wheelbarrow, and she said "no, and if you want it, please take it!"
So, that's how I got a "new" old wheelbarrow!"
I have planted several types of annuals over the years, but my favorite thing to plant for the last few years has been coleus and sweet potato vine. I tried mixing in a few other things last year, but they get lost when the coleus and vine start to grow, so this year I stuck with just those 2 things.
I try and find several different varieties of coleus to plant. I never pay attention to their names, I just decide what is pleasing to my eye and what would look good with the chartreuse green of the sweet potato vine.
I love the reds-and apparently so does this cute dragonfly!
The wheel-
barrow full of coleus seems pretty happy here in my little backyard. I hope it lasts for many more years. I found out something quite special about it when I called Mother to tell her what I planted. (You all know how sentimental I am!) Mother told me this had been Daddy's wheelbarrow. My father passed away over 35 years ago. Daddy loved working in the yard. He loved nature and flowers, and Mother said he would be so happy to know that I found the perfect spot for his old wheelbarrow!


Susie said...

Oh I love how you got your dad's old wheelbarrow. That's wonderful!

You have a wonderful planting of coleus in it Linda. Looks great!

tina said...

It is so nice to have something of your father's to enjoy everyday. I love the wheelbarrow!! The plants make it a bit more special but with so much character I just like that wheelbarrow.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Thanks Susie. I LOVE coleus!! It is one of my very favorite annuals! :)

I agree Tina--old wheelbarrows have lots of character. I think that is why I like old, rusty things in the garden. Daddy would approve I think! :)

Gail said...

I love the wheelbarrow and the plants you've chosen look wonderful together. I've noticed that it's gotten harder to find wonderful old rusty things that haven't been over priced! I still look for them! gail

JenningsJunk said...

It's so wonderful how you've unknowingly created a vibrant living memorial to your dad with his old wheelbarrow. Loved your pictures.

Balisha said...

That's so pretty. What a clever use for something old. Now a family "heirloom"

CiNdEe said...

I love the wheelbarrow too. Since it was your dads it is all that much more special too!!! The plants look great in there! What a nice display it makes in your garden!

Meadowview Thymes said...

Gail--you are so right, they are getting harder to find! I am always on the hunt for old rusty things, "junk" to some I guess, but treasure to me!

Thanks JJ--I love to think Daddy would enjoy what I did with his wheelbarrow!

Balisha, I love using old things in the garden. I think they add character, and with the wheelbarrow, it adds a memory.

Thanks Cindee--I know this is your style as well. You have such great garden accents. I love old, rusty things in the garden, but like Gail said, they are getting harder to find.

Nola @ the Alamo said...

It brought tears to my eyes when I read that it had been your dad's wheelbarrow! I am sentimental, too.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Nola, I love memories...and this was a special one. My Dad died when he was only this was an unexpected treasure. I didn't know Mother even had it.

Cindy, My Corner of Katy said...

I've got a couple of old wheelbarrows out front that need more plants. I believe coleus & sweet potato vines are just the thing!

Meadowview Thymes said...

Cindy--now that the coleus and sp vine are growing, it really looks pretty.