Garden Whimsy

By on July 16, 2012

Last summer I snapped up this vintage bicycle at a garage sale for $5.00. You can read about it here. I was determined to “plant” it in my front garden to add a touch of whimsy to the cottage-by-the-creek.


I bought a couple of old wire bike baskets in the spring at an estate sale for $2.00 each. Normally they’d be secured on each side of the back tire saddle-style but instead, I used a couple of cable ties and mounted one on the front and one facing the street. My son Ben dug a couple of trenches to contain the tires so the bike didn’t wobble. I had the straw hanging-basket-filler leftover from a previous project so I cut it to size, added some Miracle Grow potting soil and a few annuals and it was good to go.

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This photo was taken in May. My hosta hadn’t bloomed yet. Like Martha, I need to add “divide hosta” to my springtime calendar.


We’ve had an incredibly dry summer and I haven’t been very good about watering but the garden still looks cheerful, don’t you think?

Next year I’ll add a layer of a less porous material between the dirt and the straw liner. The water drains out way too fast. I have to admit the old bicycle makes me smile every time I pull in the driveway. I hope it makes you smile too!


Originally posted on Cottage and Creek.

About Lynn Minter

Finding herself suddenly single after the pre-mature death of her husband at age forty-six led Lynn Minter on a journey of self-discovery which, like many of us, she’s still on today. Determined to walk by faith and not fear, Lynn shares her adventures as a young(ish) widow and empty-nester on her lifestyle blog Cottage and Creek. She and her late husband renovated several homes and as a result, Lynn developed a penchant for decorating and design, as well as a “can do” attitude which has helped her update her current 1952 brick cottage perched on the bank of Ellicott Creek in Western New York. A lover of all things vintage, Lynn showcases her found treasures on her blog as well as in her two Etsy shops, Estate of Mind and Dress Your Drawers.

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