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Vintage Summer Garden Tour

Hello and welcome to the Vintage Gardens Blog Hop! I am happy to be hosting this hop today and to be joining my vintage loving friends to share how we have added vintage garden style to our homes and gardens for summer.



To start off the hop I am sharing my own little vintage summer garden tour of the area by our back (side) door. It’s hard to believe I just threw this all together at the last minute for the hop, but I love how it all turned out!

This summer has been a rough one for my garden, and my personal health as well. It has been extremely hot and dry in eastern Kentucky all summer, and I wasn’t able to really get outside and do much gardening either. Nevertheless, with a little creativity I was able to pull together a fun post for the hop using what plants have survived, some vintage treasures, and even a few faux flowers and plants here and there.
I knew I wanted to incorporate my teal vintage bicycle for the hop, but I originally had big ideas of filling the basket full of bright flowers. Since most of my annuals were dead when we got home from the beach, I plopped a fern in the basket as a filler and used a colorful vintage plate as a stand in for flowers.





I was really struggling with what to do about this hop when I noticed how bad the flowers and landscape plants looked a couple of weeks ago. Instead of stressing about it, I just embraced my tried and true method of using old things I already have in new ways. Since the flower beds look scraggly and weedy, I decided to simply focus on fixing up a charming container garden area by the back door. I found a wrought iron baker’s rack (or a “plant stand”) at a consignment shop just in time for the hop. I have been looking for something tall to put by the back door for a while, and I am loving how the plant stand looks.


For late summer I have gathered up what potted plants and herbs that still had signs of life left and arranged them on the shelves along with some other vintage garden accessories. I really didn’t have too many “bloggable” plants left to share for this tour, so I shopped my craft room (a.k.a hoader’s stash) to see what I could put on the shelf to fill up space. I found a little chalkboard and made a quick “hello” sign to greet back door guests. I can already tell I am going to have a lot of fun styling up the plant stand for various seasons!





I grabbed a couple of vintage garden tools from my outdoor junk stash and borrowed a few of my pretty pots from the front porch to move around back. It is time to refresh the front porch for late summer anyway, so change is good!




I realized at the last minute that I needed some type of wreath or door decor, and this vintage style Carrier Pigeon Postal Box mailbox from Victorian Trading Co. was just the solution!  I have been waiting to find the perfect spot for the mailbox since I received it in my happy mail from Victorian Trading Co. in the spring, and I absolutely love it hanging on the back door. *I am so honored to be partnering with Victorian Trading Co. and to share their beautiful decor and gifts with my readers!


The mailbox is so beautiful and I really think it looks perfect as door decor! Other than Christmas I will probably keep it on the back door year round. It is certainly a great accent for a vintage garden themed area! I love the patina and the pretty bird and flourishes motif too. Sometimes we leave notes for family or neighbors on the back door, so the mailbox will actually come in handy.



Carrier Pigeon Postal Box



I really wanted to add a bit more flower power in this spot for the garden hop, so I ran to Lowe’s today and picked up some Echinacea (cone flowers) and put them in an old galvanized bucket for insta-color! I am planning a perennial garden for next year, so I will plant these in the back yard in September.



When I was looking for a small plate to stick down in the ferns, I found another pretty vintage flower plate to add more color and vintage garden style to the second shelf of the baker’s rack.



Old vintage plates with floral patterns are easy to come by when out junkin’ and thrifting. They are usually fairly inexpensive, especially if they have knicks or chips. Vintage plates and saucers look just as pretty when displayed as garden accessories as they do in a tablescape or in a china cabinet.








The addition of the baker’s rack absolutely transformed this little back door entry by giving it some vintage character and visual interest.


I shared this pretty Stately Manor Birdhouse from Victorian Trading Co. a couple of weeks ago. I had it hanging by the front door, but now I think I will leave it here hanging on a shepherd’s hook by the lilac bush. We use our back door as the main entry, so the “Welcome Home” charm with vintage style key is fitting!



The birdhouse also looks like it could be a new home for my pair of blue, shabby-chic style garden birds perched on the shelf in the background.


This summer I made some changes to my dining room which included clearing out quite a bit of vintage silverplate. I couldn’t part with any of it though! I have been wanting to repurpose a few pieces as succulent containers, so today I grabbed one of the pieces out of my stash and dug up a succulent from the garden and stuck it down inside. Voila! Vintage garden style!








This vintage Radio Cart wheel barrow is one of my favorite garden junk finds, so I had to share it for this post. Earlier this summer I had the cart filled with petunias and mixed containers of annuals, but they didn’t last long. For these photos I stuck the galvanized bucket of pretty cone flowers  down inside along with some lavender that has seen better days!





To the right of the back door is my “shabby-vintage junk garden.” Vintage junk pretty much “grows” year round here. As I find new treasures from my junkin’ adventures I just rearrange things and add seasonal container flowers and herbs.


This summer has not been very good for gardening or junkin’, but all was not lost! After many years of searching I finally scored the vintage cast iron garden furniture of my junk dreams, with the desired rusty white patina and all! I love how these three little pieces fit snuggly right in the flower bed beside the sidewalk.



My shabby-tabby vintage garden kitty looks purrrrrffect lying on the small chair.





Other than a few azaleas and a holly further around the side of the house, there are no plants planted in the ground in this area. Instead I use vintage finds and pretty containers of plants for beauty and interest.









The lovely Cottingley Garden Sprites from Victorian Trading Co. have made their way from the front porch to the shabby garden.  Aren’t they just stunning?




Garden Sprite Stakes

Cottingley Garden Sprite Stakes


No matter where the Cottingley garden sprites land, they add such beauty! To find out more about them be sure to check out my post, Introducing The Lovely Cottingley Garden Sprites.





I love how this little settee fits perfectly in the corner next to a found antique bird bath. Two rusty antique ceiling tiles salvaged from a historic hotel add chippy-shabby visual interest and texture. A rusty old birdcage sits on top of the birdbath with a pretty vintage mini-statue inside. This little section of the garden is full of vintage goodness and just makes my vintage junk-loving heart so happy!





I certainly hope you have enjoyed my vintage summer garden tour today! Even though I didn’t get to spend nearly enough time in the garden this summer, I hope to be feeling much better as the weather cools down toward autumn which will give me some much needed healing garden therapy with my herbs and flowers. I have big plans for my fall garden displays so I do hope you will plan to come back for a fall garden tour!



Now it’s time to check out all of the other beautiful and inspiring posts on the Vintage Gardens Blog Hop! Next up is Rita of Panoply,  sharing an Art Walk In The Garden. After visiting Rita’s beautiful blog you can continue taking all the garden tours by visiting each of the links below (or via the links at the end of this post.) Enjoy them all, and have a great summer!

Thanks so much for visiting dear friends!

Amber Signature copyright 2018 Amber Ferguson


Follow The Yellow Brick Home | Panoply | Decor To Adore 


My Thrift Store Addiction | Petite Haus | Poofing The Pillows


Art and Sand | Belle Bleu Interiors | Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs. Olson


The Painted Hinge | White Arrows Home | County Road 407


Lora B. Create and Ponder | Beauty For Ashes


Victorian Trading Company Garden Clearance Sale

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  • Reply Stacey @ Poofing the Pillows

    Oh I love seeing all of the vintage touches you’ve included outside, Amber. The mailbox is perfect on the back door. You could keep your sunglasses and sunscreen inside to grab easily. I am absolutely going to have to find an old bicycle for my garden. I’ve been saying that for a long time but now you’ve really convinced me. And my old blue coal bucket…I’m sticking a plate in it!!

    Thank you for the beautiful inspiration. 🙂

    July 23, 2018 at 7:25 am
  • Reply Michelle @ The Painted Hinge

    Oh Amber, I just love everything about your garden! The post box, the bird house, your succulents and ferns! Everything is gorgeous! Thanks so much for including me in the hop!

    July 23, 2018 at 7:45 am
  • Reply Cecilia

    So many lovely vintage accents, Amber! Your wheelbarrow is fabulous! Thanks for organizing the tour and including me! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

    July 23, 2018 at 8:16 am
  • Reply Jann Olson

    Well girl, you pulled it off wonderfully! The bakers rack is perfect for that spot and you styled it perfectly. I love your wheelbarrow! The patina is the cats meow! Thanks for always going to so much work. Love joining in on these hops! Hop you get feeling better!!

    July 23, 2018 at 9:19 am
  • Reply Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

    Amber, you would never know by this post that your garden wasn’t doing well. Everything looks beautiful, and you have so many pretty vintage items. You have styled your bakers rack perfectly. I am swooning over the vintage rod iron furniture. I could use a set like that. Thanks for hosting this fun tour, and I hope you are feeling better, sweet friend!!!

    July 23, 2018 at 9:52 am
  • Reply Heather Olinde

    This is absolutely lovely, Amber! Even with all of the obstacles you faced, you still managed to create a beautiful vintage garden. Thank you so much for sharing and for inviting me along on this tour.

    July 23, 2018 at 9:53 am
  • Reply

    Amber, How fun that you had such a good reason to get this area all beautiful! Totally how my life works! Your cast iron chairs were quite a find; my childhood neighbor had those;) My favorite of your tour is definitely the aqua radio cart! I’m green for that find! Thanks so much for graciously hosting this fun hop!

    July 23, 2018 at 9:57 am
  • Reply Maristella

    Fabulous vignettes! Breathtaking!

    July 23, 2018 at 10:05 am
  • Reply Cindy@countyroad407

    I adore your vintage garden tour! I love the plate in the fern, the area with the iron chairs, the bike… I love it all! Thanks for inviting me. It’s an honor and so much fun to see all the great inspiration!

    July 23, 2018 at 11:09 am
  • Reply Laura Ingalls Gunn

    Amber your garden is truly enchanted. I adore your metal garden furniture and that bike is pure joy! I have the same post box and love it to bits.

    July 23, 2018 at 11:12 am
  • Reply Angelina

    Love your garden! The metal white garden furniture with the kitty is indeed purr-fect! I love the pigeon postal box too! Thank you so much for putting this tour together, it is always so fun hopping with you!

    July 23, 2018 at 1:34 pm
  • Reply Rita C at Panoply

    Amber, your creativity shines no matter what the weather or if you’re under the weather! I love how you coined the phrase junk garden, I may have to use that for where all my stash is stored and convince my husband it’s my junk garden. 😉 Your bike and cart are stars, and that cat looks real from a distance!
    Thank you for organizing us on this tour. It is great fun, visiting and seeing all the vintage love outside.

    July 23, 2018 at 1:53 pm
  • Reply Marilyn

    Your garden is delightful, even if the Kentucky heat has had its way! I love how you took what you had, and got creative with it, it looks amazing! Just love your vintage, old rusty metal style, as it is a favorite of mine as well! Each little detail of your garden is just so charming! Happy to have found your blog today, it started out with a visit to Laura, a dear friend of mine, and I’m happy to have met other ladies along this blog trail. Many sweet blessings to you today 🙂

    July 23, 2018 at 4:49 pm
  • Reply Chloe Crabtree

    Your garden is full of so many sweet details! The fern in the bicycle basket is my favorite! It is so lush, and the addition of the plate to fill in for the flowers is a delightful surprise!

    July 23, 2018 at 9:45 pm
  • Reply Debra Oliver

    You really inspired me Amber! Your garden stand is just adorable with all the vintage pieces. You have so many fun ideas; just beautiful. Such a fun idea for a vintage hop!

    July 24, 2018 at 1:34 am
  • Reply Krstin

    I’m always in awe of what you do! I love the way the mailbox looks on your door! Such a great idea!! The green on your green door is fabulous. I love the bike with the fern and dish! Your baker’s rack is so perfect and love the way you pulled it all together! Your iron patio set is so perfect, what a wonderful find. I always love your posts so much I go back and read them again. Heading back to do that now and pin it all!!

    July 24, 2018 at 12:33 pm
  • Reply Kippi

    Lovely garden thank you for sharing your garden. Happy Summer, Kippi

    July 24, 2018 at 7:36 pm
  • Reply Carol, The Red Painted Cottage

    Amber, I love gardens and garden art! Your baker’s rack is filled with great items and I love your cart as well as the ornate vintage garden furniture set! Very lovely!

    July 24, 2018 at 8:47 pm
  • Reply Paula

    Your charming space looks like it’s from a beautiful garden center. You created a space where if I were visiting you, I’d want to sit and chat over coffee or wine. My favorites are your sweet white kitty statuary and your adorable bike.

    July 25, 2018 at 5:57 am
  • Reply Carol Cook

    Thanks for hosting this fun blog hop.

    I really like the idea of a fern in your bike basket. I’m struggling to find flowers that drape down in the bike and basket that lives year round in our front yard. I might try to find a fern or other draping plant to have in the basket.

    July 26, 2018 at 12:44 am
  • Reply Debbie-Dabble

    O MY!! There is so much I want to say!! Love the vintage shelf! I have a baker’s rack that I use as a potting station but it is more work related .I now realize that I need to pretty it up a tad!! LOVE the vintage bike and the color of it!!! And your wrought iron furniture is to die for! I have a set but mine came from Blog Lot’s!! LOL!! The cart is what really touched my heart though because my Dad had an orange one just like it!! Thanks so much for bringing back fond memories!!! Thanks too for stopping by!!

    July 27, 2018 at 3:15 pm
  • Reply AnnMarie

    Lovely photos and great inspiration for those of us with dried out grass and gardens and flowers that won’t grow. I love your creativity and your new plant stand. I too use lots of vintage, rusty items to add to my garden. I have an aqua bicycle too!

    July 28, 2018 at 3:01 pm
  • Reply Magnolia darjeeling

    Your garden is so beautiful! I was just commenting in a different blog that I am on the lookout for a vintage bicycle to plant for cascading flowers in a basket. Yours has me more determined to find one! 🙂

    July 28, 2018 at 3:49 pm
  • Reply Shea | The Fogue Abode

    I’m so loving all the ferns and greenery! Lovely garden.

    July 30, 2018 at 3:20 pm
  • Reply Janie

    Thanks so much for sharing your vintage garden design. I love the idea of using vintage plates as a stand in for flowers. 🙂 No matter how things are growing in our gardens we can always find some beauty around us. PS I would love to see how you stash all of your goodies in your craft room. My hoard is stored anywhere I can squeeze it in. LOL

    August 4, 2018 at 12:49 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Hi Janie! You are certainly right about finding beauty around us, I try to take that approach in all things, which is why my blog motto is, “Making Every Day Beautiful.” Now about that craft room…not so beautiful! That is a disaster area that needs a “Enter at your own risk” sign posted outside! My husband and I are tackling the basement and garage this week in plans for a rummage sale next weekend. I can get rid of some of my hoards, then I will be able to organize my craft room, so I can make room for more hoarding haha! I will hopefully have some type of before and after craft room post coming up this fall. Be sure to stop back by, I might not have my craft room fixed up but I will have plenty of junk to share for fall. Thanks for visiting today!

      August 4, 2018 at 10:50 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Beautiful garden, Amber. My summer gardens are looking pretty stressed with our TX heat, so it’s refreshing to see these pretty images.

    August 5, 2018 at 4:34 pm
  • Reply Cecilia

    Love your garden tour, Amber! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

    August 5, 2018 at 7:37 pm
  • Reply Suzanne Carrier

    Very pretty…..and thanks for sharing about the true state of your health and your scraggly gardens. Means alot for those of us who feel they could never pull it off perfectly because of health ..homeschooling…etc. we stare at perfect images and just wonder….how? ????

    July 14, 2019 at 3:19 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Hi Suzanne! I think it is important to “keep it real” when it comes to blogging and social media. The images may all look picture perfect, but real life isn’t. We just have to breathe and make the best of what we have and use the time we have the best we can.
      Thanks for visiting, stop back by again soon!

      August 2, 2019 at 10:02 pm

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