Country Living (UK) - - Seasonal Inspiration -

The term ‘gar­de­na­lia’ de­scribes an­tique col­lecta­bles re­lated to gar­dens and gardening – they are great items to scout around for at car-boot sales, flea mar­kets and recla­ma­tion yards. You can find beau­ti­ful gal­va­nized me­tal wa­ter­ing cans, lich­enen­crusted stat­ues or French me­tal bistro ta­bles and chairs that have turned al­lur­ingly rusty with the pas­sage of time. Look out for old me­tal wash­tubs, wa­ter­ing cans and pails that can be used for plant­ing. They don’t have to be in per­fect con­di­tion – it’s a bonus if there are holes in the base, as it saves you hav­ing to drill new ones for drainage. Age­ing me­tal gates look great propped up against a wall as a sup­port for climb­ing plants, as do old me­tal cart wheels. A bird­cage makes for a quirky planter and even weathered tools can be turned into a fea­ture. Sourc­ing such items is great fun; you might spy an un­usual piece and have a place for it in­stantly, or you could buy it and let it adorn your gar­den un­til inspiration strikes.

Styling gar­de­na­lia is all about us­ing your cre­ativ­ity. Utilise care­worn fur­ni­ture, such as side ta­bles with peel­ing paint, as plant stands; store vin­tage pots in crates; give old tins a new lease of life as stor­age for seed pack­ets, while vin­tage bas­kets can hold gar­den tools.

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