Planting Outside the Box

I am a farm girl at heart!
Although I did not grow up on a farm, I did grow up in the countryside on the prairies, and
I did have the privilege of spending a lot of time at my Grandparents farm.
I’m SO thankful for those experiences.  I can’t even tell you how much…that’s for another day…I love the idea of the simplicity of life on a farm.
I realize that the farming life is not an easy one.
But the romantic notion of a simpler time appeals to me…

…so, naturally I find myself drawn to old farm-type items.  In my home, in my cooking…
And especially in my garden.  I love classic plants, in non-traditional planters!
I love the little extra charm they add to my garden!
They almost take me back to simpler times…
(I feel like I was born in the wrong era)



Love this old toolbox inspired planter…



I love this old grain pail!  It’s so great too, because it has it’s own drainage system built right in!
Isn’t it charming?!



Now, I know this little tin isn’t old by any stretch, but it was a great garage sale find!  10 cents!
The tin, the distressed yellow and the pattern, all say farmhouse to me for some reason!
Perfect for my Heather!



I love containers like this – they look like old wine barrels… perfect for my rosemary and lavender!
The rougher looking the better!



I’ve had a lot of nice comments about these wine box planters!
I wanted to post them again, because they aren’t your usual planters, but they should be!
Look how fantastic they are!



This old pottery container was a favourite of mine for planting, but it finally gave in to our cold winters and cracked!  Bummer…  But I still use it for my twigs.  Adds a nice little earthy touch to our deck!



And if a washtub doesn’t scream farm, I don’t know what does!
Perfect for my herbs!
Now, if only I could get my hands back on the old hand washing machine that my in-laws have…perfect for strawberries…


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  • Reply Ali June 12, 2011 at 5:22 PM Very cute options for planters. I envy your green thumb. :)
  • Reply Stephanie June 13, 2011 at 1:01 AM What great ideas - I love the wine boxes and the Flower caddy. Glad to find your blog! xoStephanie
  • Reply Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma June 13, 2011 at 1:18 PM Hey Jo-Anna-

    You are my next-door neighborhood at CG's link-up...these are some darling ideas...{I'm with you, I feel I was born in the wrong era too, given that I make everything we eat from scratch}
  • Reply Sparkling June 13, 2011 at 2:37 PM i love all of these containers! they are brilliant! this year, i'm on a quest to find unusual things like this plant in. i can't seem to make it happen, though!

    i never admit my real identity online, but we share a name!!
  • Reply June 14, 2011 at 2:06 AM I love your gardening style - I am a farm girl at heart too so your post made me happy! :)
    Star Hughes Living
  • Reply Neha @All things beautiful June 14, 2011 at 1:59 PM Wowww....loved all your planters, especially the wine boxes and the bath tub. How can I get one of these...???
  • Reply A Lived in Home June 15, 2011 at 3:32 AM They are all great planters! A nice change from typical store bought urns or pots!
  • Reply Linda@CraftaholicsAnonymous July 8, 2011 at 11:42 AM What a great collection of flower pots! I'm stopping by as the guest judge from CSI Project!
    happy crafting,
  • Reply Amanda Dittmer July 8, 2011 at 12:02 PM Nice job! -Amanda(
  • Reply gretchen in chicago February 28, 2012 at 8:56 PM My grandfather made a toolbox very much like the one you have pictured here. Always wondered how to showcase his work. Thank you!!
  • Reply Lorrie June 2, 2012 at 5:03 AM Everything looks wonderful! I love it all!
  • Reply Amy June 17, 2015 at 9:29 AM Aw these are lovely. Very cute! The wine barrel one is my favourite I have a wheelbarrow shaped one in my garden, I love the novelty planting boxes. Thanks for sharing.
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