I need garden junk ideas-theme help!

eclecticcottage(6b wny)June 1, 2012

I have decided to make one of my beds a theme bed.

Short version of background story:

We just bought a small cottage on Lake Ontario, this is our year round home. You can see our thrifty, junkmarket, vintage cottage style theme going on here: [url]http://eclecticcottage.blogspot.com/[/url] . I have several beds, one of which has garden junk (discarded bench, wood totes, a barrel, an old school desk, a basket as a planter, etc). I plan to use "junk" in all of the beds and garden areas at some point.

My new bed, the theme bed, has me stumped for ideas for some reason. The theme is "lake/beach". I am gathering a list of plants with names that fit the theme. It will be @ 6' deep, 10' wide and gets mid day and afternoon sun. It is on the side of the Cottage and doesn't get much foot traffic, it will be between a flowering quince and a picket fence for our veggie garden, with no current plans for a walkway (just grass).

So far I have:

Sea Shell Cosmos

Yellow Sand Coreopsis

Sand Love Grass

"Nautical" and "Beach Comber" mix petunias

Lake Currants

Cottage pinks (Dianthus)

Summer Breeze Hosta

Beach Music Day Lily

Great Lakes gold hosta

Coastal Mist bearded iris

Toy Boat dwarf Iris

Beach Dance iris

Ship Shape Iris

Lake Effect day lily

Lakeside Pebbles Hosta

Aye Captian day lily

Great Lakes Gladiola

Sea Lavender

Sea holly

Queen O The Lakes rose

Sea thrift

Rosa rugosa/beach rose

Now I need to work some good junk in there that fits the theme. Or I'd like to anyway. I am also thinking of building a bird bath with a driftwood log as the base and casting my own concrete top (I can't think of anything else to use for the top). I can always go with found objects like I have (I haven't bought any of my junk except the desk, for $5, yet). I just watch for people throwing out interesting stuff, lol. I am trying to collect stuff for it. So far I have a bunch of fishing poles, a few nets and a boat anchor. I just really can't think of what to put in there, or how to use what I have! HELP!

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eclecticcottage(6b wny)

I guess url tags don't work, huh? Let's try that link again, lol.

Here is a link that might be useful: cottage blog

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 1:48PM
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luvs2click

An old weathered piece of snowfence such as you see at the beach for drifting sand would look good, along with ornamental grasses. Some coquina rock (compressed shells) would look great also - we brought some big ones home from Florida once and I love it. Some old weathered arrow shaped signs on a post would be neat too - pointing different directions with words on them, lake, beach, lighthouse, marina, etc.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 4:11PM
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sunnyca_gw

Some old rope hanging off an old post with anchor at other end, BB painted to look like beach ball, couple of pairs of brightly colored flip-flops at edge of bed. Sounds like fun theme!! Jan

    Bookmark   June 1, 2012 at 8:56PM
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jeannespines

Oh...lucky you, sounds like a beautiful place & cottage home! We have an above ground pool so I use nautical gardening in front of the pool deck ...here's a pic where used 3 old posts w/rope...been out there about 10 yrs next to shop bldg ...the ball fountain we made pouring cement into a cut-open basketball, buried a feed tub, added a pump, grill grate & piled rocks around the ball on top of grate...works great, too!

I like 'anchors, too ... old rope, large seashells & mermaids! Can't believe you found all those plants w/names for your theme! Have fun! Jeanne S.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2012 at 6:05PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

You often see a life-preserver on a post at a lake. That might be a cute way to store your hose if need be in that area, hanging in a coil on a hook, to resemble a float. Even with the sign "life preserver" - a cute pun.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2012 at 2:32PM
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Michael AKA Leekle2ManE - Zone 9a - Lady Lake, F

Just a thought, how about an old, falling apart wood john boat/canoe? Something that isn't really water-safe. Cut it in half length-wise and set it against the back edge. You can either have the inside of the boat facing forward and fill it with plantings or flip it the other way, so that the hull is facing forward. Use a jigsaw to cut gator bites/ stump holes in the hull and place plants there.

I am actually going to be doing something similar in my bed, but I'll be using the prow of a wooden boat instead.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2012 at 6:56PM
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nonacook(8bFL)

I have had a whole boat for a number of years, but for some reason it dries out FAST.
And I have several sets of posts from downed electric
poles (thanks to hurricane Ivan)
Speaking of which, I need to be out weeding around
the boat, so I can put down plastic and mulch.
But here I am as usual, sitting at the PC and
Dreaming about OTHER things I want to do out there-HA.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2012 at 9:49AM
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eclecticcottage(6b wny)

Lots of great ideas here, thanks!

Yes, we are extremely lucky to live here. It took us about 10 years of searching to find a place that we could afford and didn't need so much work that it wasn't worth it.

Flip flops! That reminded me, I have these forms to use to make flip flop stepping stones!

I've updated my plant list, too bad some of the lilies are SO expensive ($40 for one-that would be Cottage On The Lake-yikes!!)

"Nautical mix" petunias
"beach comber" mix petunias
Coastal Mist bearded iris
Toy Boat dwarf Iris
Sandy Beach Iris
Beach Dance iris
Ship Shape Iris
Ships Are Sailing Siberian Iris
Dover Beach Iris
Lake Effect day lily
Aye Captian day lily
Beach Music Day Lily
Moonlight Sail Day Lily
Celestial Shore Day Lily
Sailing Along Day Lily
Aye Captian day lily
Cottage on the lake day lily
Gull's Way Daylily
Queen O The Lakes rose
Rosa rugosa/beach rose
Cottage Rose
Lake Ontario hosta
Lakeside Breaking Waves hosta
Lakeside Pebbles Hosta
Lakeside Shoremaster Hosta
El Capitan Hosta
Summer Breeze Hosta
Great Lakes Gladiola
Sea Shell Cosmos
Yellow Sand Coreopsis
Sand Love Grass
Lake Currants
Cottage pinks (Dianthus)
Splish Splash Larkspur
Lobelia Regatta "Marine Blue"
Lobelia Regatta "Blue Splash"
Perennial Gerenium "splish splash"
clustered bellflower "marine"
beach pea
beach bluebells

I already have Dover Beach (iris) and Rosa Rugosa thanks to a plant swap over the past weekend.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2012 at 1:05PM
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concretenprimroses(4B NH)

I think toy boats as planters would be nice. Someone here covered pots and maybe bowling balls with big thick rope wound around. They looked very nautical.
You could glue sea shells or mussel shells to the outside of a shallow bowl to use as a bird bath. Concrete might be too heavy for a drift wood base.
Have fun,
Kathy

    Bookmark   June 6, 2012 at 7:16PM
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