My rustic garden has been created over a number of years and has grown organically, in the beginning there was no great plan not sure there still is! When I moved here over ten years ago the back garden was a bit of a wilderness. It was very over grown and a lot of the ground area was covered in stone chippings. ( stone chippings are a pet hate of mine). The first job was clearing the wilderness.
Clearing the Wilderness
The whole of the back area of the garden used be a very large ornate greenhouse (many years ago – such a shame it did not survive), When we started to clear this area we discovered that three stone beds, a pond and a trailing vine had survived from that ornate greenhouse. Plus a lovely crazy paved path. This gave us a starting point for the flower and vegetable area of the garden.
We rebuilt the pond, currently we have the main pond area with a smaller top part, this gives me a great platform to add vintage pieces as well some lovely pond flowers.
One of the stone flowers beds was cleared to make a small area for fruit bushes and a lovely seating area.
At the other end of the back area there was an old arbour holding up the vine.
As a Christmas present a few years a ago Quint built me a concrete base ( I know my thoughts exactly but I did want a greenhouse – the greenhouse was going to be a birthday present! but lucky a neighbour had an unwanted greenhouse so we had that). Over the years this has been a great place to start of seeds and grow tomatoes.
The garden is now split into three areas, the back end is for flowers and vegetables, a middle grassed area with an old hide hole shed and then a patio area towards the house.
All areas have different vibes, and they all get sun at different times of the day. All have a vintage and rustic feel.
Adding Vintage and Rustic Bits
I love having a space that I can add my rustic vintage bits to, it has given me a good excuse to keeping buying old terracotta pots, oil cans, watering can, rusty metal baskets and other decorative vintage items I can repurpose for the garden.
Enjoying the space
The one thing I want to this year is try and make time to enjoy the space. I now have different seating areas, all with sun at different times of the day and all with their own vibes. My favourite spot is the old rusty green bench by the pond, I make this my afternoon break spot and when ever the sun is shinning I make sure I spent some quality time having tea and cake here in an afternoon.
Last year my neighbour was having a new shed the old one has seen better days, Quint spotted an opportunity to add a little rustic hide hole to the garden so set about repurposing the shed as a arbour to support the vine at the top of the garden as the original was falling down. My little arbour hide hole is now my go to spot if its a little chilly or windy but I feel the need for a garden fix. Here I will sit in this sheltered area reading a book or a magazine. This is the space we use in an evening when the night draws in but we are not ready for the day to end. Mr G loves this space as he like to snuggle in. It is lovely spot to hear the birds as they nest in the vine.
The area on the patio is the most used area as it is right outside my backdoor, I try and have my morning coffee here, on a really sunny day I will have my breakfast alfresco. The rose is called ‘Our Beth’ and is a floral tribute to Miss B.
The other space that is well used is Mr G’s nest, ever since we moved to the house he has loved this spot. It is on a wall just next to the patio and this is where you will find him most days, chilling out.
I hope you have enjoyed the quick behind the scene look at my garden, I am looking forward to adding more vintage and quirky pieces as the summer progresses it is always a good excuse to go treasure hunting not that I need one! Adding old vintage, quirky and industrial bit to your garden can help you create a space full of character.
Hope this has given you some idea on how to add vintage and quirky bit to your own garden. Have fun and enjoy.