Vintage Garden





V is for Vintage, as in Vintage Garden.




This week’s letter assignment is the letter V.





 I thought I’d share some of my Vintage Garden treasures and ephemera, that I have collected and unearthed at antique malls, flea markets, and on eBay. . . this Armour’s Farmer’s Almanac from 1921 has some beautiful graphics.



Poisonous Plant Chart





A label on a seed box that have recently run across, but yet to do anything with. I think I’ll line it and plant it like the one at the top of this post. I’m waiting for the right spot to place it and inspiration :-)



A collection of John Baer’s Sons Agricultural Almanac from the 20’s – 40’s, full of tips such as:


  •   “Loosen your window frames with a teaspoon of lard, works like magic!”

  • “Don’t lose your head if bitten by a dog  suspected of rabies!”

  • “Gasoline is dangerous!”

  • How to clean an oven–I’m thankful mine is self-cleaning :-)



 The June 1946 issue has these words of wisdom: 


“From the standpoint of both the bee-keeper and the fruit grower it is desirable that every precaution be taken in  the spraying of the trees to prevent injury to bees.”




“The blades of your kitchen knives should be used only for food purposes. If you insist on cutting paper and string, metal or bone with them, you will dull them quickly.”






An old tin of Cheerio bird food that reads:  “Cheerio is surely true to its name, There’s energy and pep in every grain.”




Armour’s Bird & Insect Chart from the Alamanac~



A Rose Catalog fom The Conard & Jones Co. from West Grove, Penn.~ “Your Rose Specialist with 50 years experience.” That was in 1912. 





More views from my seed box ~Reliable Seeds, Sioux City Nursery & Seed Co.





A three-pack of Triogen Rose Spray in the box~





 Cardboard “Hothouses”



 So I thought I would set a table in my kitchen using some of my vintage items. With fantasy over function in mind~



 The surface of the table is covered with photo-copied pages from old seed catalogs. Since this is a fantasy tablescape the overlapping pages are not secured. You could easily do this with a glass top over your pages or photographs, to protect them and keep them from shifting.




I used my non-vintage Portmeirion plates for their botanical images~ to mix with old garden tools, birdhouses, and vintage salt & pepper shakers.








An old yellow sprinkler serves as a pedestal for a plate :-)





  No markings on these Bird S & P’s~ just  “Japan”.










The frog pepper shaker normally perches on top of the flower salt ~









Ads from Schell’s Quality Seeds Gardeners Catalog 1932










Thanks to my hostesses to this week’s parties I’m linking to:


 Jenny Matlock’s Aphabe-Thursday for Alphabet Fun 

 Susan ~ Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday

Suzanne ~ Colorado Lady ~ Vintage Thingie Thursday for more vintage treasures.


  52 comments for “Vintage Garden

  1. June 16, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    you have just pushed me over the edge… you have made this garden gal weak in her fat knees… if i had your number, all you would hear is me squealing with delight! egads you humble me… the seed pkt and plate did me in… all your detail, the table covered, oh my i can’t get enough of your talents! you are a joy producer. period. what you share every time is so top notch i don’t now how you keep getting better and better, but you do, i am just as green as your thumb, but with envy!

    thanks for making me squeal all alone~

  2. June 16, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    What an impressive table! I love all the vintage details you included, so fun! Love the seed packets with the silverware, that is such a nice touch! And the little birds are so, so sweet! Have a great VTT!

  3. June 16, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I love the old paper things, but my favorite is the Cheerio tin.

  4. June 16, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Wow! So much work went into you table scape! I am in awe of all the wonderful details.

  5. Tara
    June 16, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Oh how beautiful! I love the plantings in the vintage seed box and your tablescape- WOW! I love Portmeirion. My mom collects it and I’m hoping it finds its way to my table some day! Just lovely, everything is just lovely. Happy VTT and thanks for sharing!

  6. June 16, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Wow! That’s a whole lot of vintage. I love the greenhouses.

  7. JDaniel4's Mom
    June 16, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    I love your table setting. The seeds in the fork is genius.

  8. June 16, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Love your Vintage things…lovely post…I especially like the Farmer’s Almanac, and although not vintage, I do so love the Botanic garden plates and such…we have a few here…Peace

  9. June 16, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    How wonderfully clever this is. I love all the vintage advertising. This is just adorable!

  10. June 16, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    I love this post! Your table is magnificent!

  11. June 16, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    It’s me, your blogging “grroupie”! I do so love every one of your posts.

  12. Kathy
    June 16, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    I love this post. The garden is just beautiful, love the old seed box. And you have a great collection of vintage garden items. It’s so much fun to read through old almanacs. Love the advice to “not lose your head if bitten by a dog” Now I have the picture of Elaine from Seinfeld stuck in my head – the episode where she thinks she has rabies… Great post!

  13. June 16, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Love your “tablecloth” and those Portmeiron plates are beautiful…I am too cheap to pay that much for one plate, though!

  14. June 16, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    You win the most beautiful post of the week award. How gorgeous! The pictures are wonderful. Thanks for sharing such a delightful entry.


  15. June 16, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    I love all the vintage pictures and your tablescape is gorgeous. The birdhouse on the table is fantastic. I would never think of something like that. Great V post.

  16. June 16, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    You are so creative with vintage paper and the birdhouse and all the cute little birds and the seed packets. This says SUMMER is here!

  17. CC
    June 16, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Ohhhhhhh my!!!!!!!!!!!! I loved this post..I love gardening,vintage seed packets and almanacs. You’ve just put everuything over the top..and I ooohhhhed and aahhhhhhed and sighed..I simply loved it all.
    That tablescape…….simply wonderful. Happy VTT..

  18. June 17, 2010 at 12:01 am

    I loved your vintage garden post!! That green cheerio bird tin is wonderful! And I love the old scale, the seed catalog covers, the farmers almanacs… EVERYTHING!!! I like the way you made pedestal with the sprinkler too!! My Mom has those Portmerion dishes too.

  19. P.
    June 17, 2010 at 12:26 am

    This is all such beautiful stuff! I love the colorful graphics of the old labels, seed catalogs, almanacs, etc. There’s just so much great stuff going on here, but it’s all gorgeous!

  20. Jo
    June 17, 2010 at 12:35 am

    oh what a fun tablescape … i just love all of your vintage garden items! very cool!

  21. June 17, 2010 at 1:09 am

    I love the flowers at the top, inspiring. This is my first time stopping by-from miss jenny’s class-and I’ve really enjoyed looking through your blog. I see some of my favorite books on the sidebar…so I know I’ll love your blog

  22. June 17, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Your vintage garden post is way beyond wonderful! I just love how you incorporated everything into a delightful table scape. Your treasures are remarkable.

  23. Pondside
    June 17, 2010 at 1:37 am

    What a pretty V post!

  24. June 17, 2010 at 5:25 am

    Fabulous almanacs and seed catalogs!

  25. June 17, 2010 at 6:15 am

    The old seed catalogues and almanacs are special!

  26. June 17, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Lots od lovely vintage images here! Eye-candy!
    Best wishes,

  27. June 17, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Forgot my link!

    Anna’s V-word

  28. June 17, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Gorgeous tablescape! My mom collects Portmierian.

  29. June 17, 2010 at 9:09 am

    This makes me think of the joy I feel sitting down and looking at the seed catalogs as they arrive. All your little details and treasures just make me want to touch each and every one. I love how you put all of this together.

  30. June 17, 2010 at 9:28 am

    As a gardener I enjoyed both, the antique garden utensils as much as the table decoration. What a whimsy and creative idea to use this old seed cataloges and stuff for a table decoration. Made me happy. And the Portmeirion is great. I have some plant pots of that botanical pattern and I would love to have more. Very nice table.
    Greetings, Johanna

  31. June 17, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Very beautiful V post, I love the vintage garden things!

  32. June 17, 2010 at 11:36 am

    This is so lovely. The tablescape looks so refreshing.

  33. June 17, 2010 at 11:44 am

    What a fun table! Everything is so inviting. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

  34. H
    June 17, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Isn’t it a shame that so many products these days come in plastic tubs or packets. The old painted tins were so much more interesting!

    Great table setting. There is so much attention to detail.

  35. June 17, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    what a great vintage garden book :D

  36. June 17, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    I am so amazed at your photographic skills, not to mention your array of subjects to share with us. The most appropriate comment I can think of is “Thank You.”

  37. June 17, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Such a wonderful post, love it! Thank you for sharing everything with us in such detail. I got such a kick out of the sprinkler as a pedestal!

    Happy VTT,

  38. Ann
    June 17, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    This post was mesmerizing—what a delight for the garden loving eyes. I adore the garden style-I have incorporated a lot of it in my sunroom. I’m always looking for tins and all the beautiful things you showcased today. Truly a fantastic job.

  39. June 17, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    That Cheerio tin is wonderful! The bird graphic is simply irresistible.

  40. June 17, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    oh wow I just love all of this! I wish you lived closer so I could borrow all this stuff! Its fantastic!

  41. June 17, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Beautiful post

  42. June 17, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Ephemera, tins, and boxes are three of my most favorite things. Love all the advice from the Almanacs. Some funny, some actually useful. Happy Alphabet soup.

  43. June 17, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    You have some lovely treasures! The illustrations are amazing! And the table scape is so creative.

  44. June 18, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Happy V Day! Wow, I couldn’t get over all those pictures! They were gorgeous!

  45. June 18, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Holy my goodness.

    OK, if the bird feed tin wasn’t enough to use the sprinkler as a pedestal. Girl!

    I am amazed you are not doing photo shoot layouts for food magazines. You are unbelievably clever.

    Practically wordless here.

    Still amazed over your ideas.

    Thanks for linking up to Alphabe-Thursday’s Letter “V” and rendering me almost wordless. My husband will appreciate it!


  46. June 18, 2010 at 11:10 am

    what a great post! love the photos!

  47. June 18, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I thought your tablescape was just perfect! I loved your plates along with all the vintage items! Joni

  48. June 18, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Mary, I adore everything about this post from the fabulous vintage garden items to the lovely table setting. And I’m so happy to actually get to visit this post. Yesterday when I tried to open this post, it basically showed your header and the words: No Post. There were no followers or anything else on your sidebar. Glad this was resolved. I was sick at heart. I thought your blog had disappeared.
    Home is Where the boat is – is one of my favorite stops in Blogville. ~ Sarah

    • June 18, 2010 at 10:01 pm

      Hi Sarah! I got a notification from WordPress yesterday that they were doing some maintenance, so it was down briefly. I didn’t realize it would show no post~ Yikes! Thanks for your kind comments~ hope you’re joining us for FFT :-)

  49. June 18, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Just a delightful post from beginning to end! It’s a wonderful concept. What an amazing collection you’ve shared with us! I loved all the tips and words of wisdom from the old almanacs. The little bird salt and peppers from Japan are charming!

  50. June 18, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Such a great post. You have so many great finds in one theme and your tablescape is such a wonderful idea.

  51. June 22, 2010 at 3:30 am

    LOVE,Love,love this!! Beautiful!


    PS…where did you find that rooster decanter? I LOVE roosters :)

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