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~
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: