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Han­niki says she al­ways finds a gap for things that other peo­ple have thrown away and loves giv­ing old items a new lease on life. “It’s fun to re­pur­pose so-called useless items and it makes the gar­den in­ter­est­ing when you use them in a dif­fer­ent way. It cre­ates a won­der­ful fo­cal point and al­ways draws the eye!”

One such el­e­ment is an old pram (op­po­site) on which the sign­board for her for­mer tea gar­den used to hang. “To­day, it is used in my gar­den as a stand for a pink baby bath filled with some of my favourite an­nu­als.

“Think care­fully about how you use each dé­cor el­e­ment. For ex­am­ple, this dis­play would not have worked as well if I’d placed my old wheel­bar­row next to the pram – it would have spoilt the ef­fect.”

Other items that have been re­pur­posed in Han­niki’s gar­den in­clude beau­ti­ful metal chairs (de­spite hav­ing no seats) and a bi­cy­cle that long ago gave up the ghost.

“In the old days, I’d get up­set if a cup or plate broke or cracked, but now I know I can al­ways do some­thing with them. Be­cause all my friends are well aware of the fact that I love drink­ing tea from beau­ti­ful china teacups, I of­ten get them as gifts. If they’re cracked, they are hung in trees, tied to the iron bed in the gar­den or dis­played on my ce­ment ta­ble. One of my big­gest fail­ings is that I be­lieve ‘more is more’. I will al­ways find a spot for more things! To add even more in­ter­est to the teacups, I plant them up with pretty an­nu­als. But re­mem­ber that they will need very lit­tle wa­ter as there are no drainage holes in the cups.”

Han­niki’s teacups, dis­played on the ce­ment ta­ble, are very dear to her.

Han­niki is an avid col­lec­tor – this wire bunny is just one of her many finds.

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