It might be filled with junk, but this gorgeous garden is anything but "junky." Blogger Carlene Blair has created quite the oasis for herself right outside her door—and it perfectly embodies the name of her blog, .
It all started when Blair discovered Mary Randolph Carter's book, .
"I loved the look of junk with beautiful flowers," Blair tells Ikaroo.info. "As the seasons and years passed, I found better and and more unusual junk, and I started making signs and repurposing old junk into planters! It's a great hobby combining my love of flower gardening with junking. I try to outdo myself every year!"
We're not sure how she's going to top this! Take a tour of her, and find out just how she created it.
"Since my house faces north, I have shade lovers like hosta, , and impatiens planted under my bay window," Blair wrote on her blog.
Blair's very first junk garden piece? This old wheelbarrow, which serves as a stand for a laundry tub bursting with Marguerite daisies and nicotiana.
In her front yard, perennials and annuals spill out of watering cans and funnels and off the steps of a ladder. She says old wooden signs add "vertical interest."
We're obsessed with this made of two spindle legs and a weathered piece of barn siding.
With , an old shovel head makes adorable garden decor.
Last year, Blair tackled this project: into a flower pot holder.
What was once a gun rack is now attached to an old barn door and used to hold vintage garden tools. Blair even stenciled a cute for the piece.
We love the wild, abandoned look of this old typewriter in Blair's bed of succulents.
A whitewashed bench holds galvanized buckets and a toolbox, which Blair (of course) .
During the winter, Blair displayed this weathered frame inside as Christmas decor, but come spring, it was . Genius!
This antique potting sink is the perfect place to display florals right outside the house. And that is so creative.
A hangs from a thrifted banana tree.
An enamelware coffee pot is the clever focal point of this flower bed.
Even a bike can be a beautiful planter, as Blair proves here.
Have you ever seen such an assortment of trash-to-treasure planters?
Rusty milk cans, chicken feeders, and galvanized mop buckets were given new life as (what else?) planters.
As were these scavenged coffee pots, which Blair .