Gardening on Wheels: A Bicycle Built for Planting


I’m gardening on wheels with a bicycle built for planting!


I picked up a vintage Schwinn Breeze bicycle last fall, for the bargain price of three pumpkins.


She’s planted by my Potting Shed and parked by a salvaged chimney pot that’s home to a Kimberley Queen fern.


I placed a coir liner in her basket and filled it with a combination of lantana, petunias, and million bells.


I salvaged a broken {*sniff*} Portmeirion Botanic Garden plate as a planter accent.


I tucked it in the basket to enjoy some additional blooms.


 Black-eyed Susan vine is spreading from another planter and growing among her spokes.


And I planted some mandevilla that’s starting to climb.




With a little serendipity from Mother Nature, I caught a bumblebee buzzing around with my camera lens, stopping by to sip some nectar.


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  43 comments for “Gardening on Wheels: A Bicycle Built for Planting

  1. Kim
    July 24, 2015 at 6:37 am

    I love it Mary. So pretty with the flowers spilling over the basket.

    • Jane
      August 2, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      ONE of the things I love most about you, Mary, is that you have so much fun creating your beautiful things.

  2. July 24, 2015 at 6:48 am

    My kind of outdoor love! I’ve been looking for a bike with a basket to plant. I love it when the plants mingle and surprise you. Those bee skeps are wonderful!

  3. Jan
    July 24, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Your bicycle is adorable! I’m sorry about the very cute plate but it does look super cute in the basket!

  4. July 24, 2015 at 6:54 am

    Very fun!!

  5. Martine
    July 24, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Voilà comment une simple bicyclette devient une véritable oeuvre d’art botanique.!
    Très jolie mise ne scène.
    Bonne journée.

    • July 24, 2015 at 7:49 am

      Merci Martine! :)

  6. July 24, 2015 at 8:00 am

    How did you ever get a bumble bee to land just perfectly in front of the bee plate for a photo, Mary?! More proof of the magic you create in your garden! I love old bicycles and had one that I painted lime green as a prop for an art show and I have been kicking myself ever since I got rid of it. Your bike looks so happy living by the potting shed spilling over with flowers and happily wearing blooming vines~ Happy weekend :)

  7. July 24, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Love it! I just rescued an old bike from the curb. Cleaning up my side yard where I plan to “plant” my bicycle! I need to come up with a basket for it though…looking at thrift stores for one with the perfect shape. Yours has really gotten me excited to get mine done! So cute!

  8. Melissa Leach
    July 24, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Looks like a photo from my dreams…lovely planting!!! How about that busy little bee, perfect timing :)

  9. July 24, 2015 at 8:50 am

    sniff is right!

  10. Debbie
    July 24, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Everything you touch, Mary, is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your amazing talent! Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. July 24, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Mary, I love the vintage bike and the plants are beautiful!

  12. July 24, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Your vintage Schwinn looks exceptionally happy by your potting shed, Mary. With your magical touch and all the pretty plants you choose, the bike’will be spinning through the seasons. I can’t forget to mention the beautiful Kimberly fern on the chimney pot and the bee that wanted some photo shoot time…loved it!!
    Happy weekend to you, your hubby and Chloe and Gracie!

  13. Kathy
    July 24, 2015 at 9:07 am

    That bicycle sure makes a nice trellis for your flowering vine. I love it….ingenious. Now where can I find an old bike?

  14. July 24, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Adorable, garden whimsey always puts a smile in my soul.

  15. Shelley
    July 24, 2015 at 9:51 am

    I LOVE bicycles in the garden. I wish I could find a good old one. I look forward to your beautiful pictures and posts. Have a bee-autiful day🐝

  16. Ellen Stillabower
    July 24, 2015 at 10:34 am

    That’s probably all I could do with a bicycle too!! Love it and thanks again for sharing!!😍😍😍🚲🚲🚲

  17. Ellen
    July 24, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Absolutely LUSH! Someone said ‘Magic’ – indeed….. (I thought the ‘S’ on the seat stood for ellen SUSAN – but then I saw Schwinn, hmmmmm.) Lovely work. E

  18. July 24, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Iv’e been looking for a bike for two years, hope I find one soon. yours is so sweet. The finishing touch was the find of the plate, now I’m looking for a plate too. The picture with the bee was perfect. That just might be a contest winner.

  19. July 24, 2015 at 11:43 am

    HA! Great shot of the bee….and I do love million bells….your bike is adorable, Mary!

  20. July 24, 2015 at 11:44 am

    I’m smiling at the thought of this whimsical planter! You definitely have a green thumb, Mary. Everything looks happy! Amazing shot of the bee. Love it!

  21. cozinest
    July 24, 2015 at 11:58 am

    I don’t think you can hear my sigh from beautiful Fairhope, AL, but suffice it to say, I’m in love with your bicycle! I love the trailing vines through the spokes and what a great use of a chipped plate! The whole space is gorgeous! And like Jenna, I can’t believe what perfect timing your bumble visit was!

    • July 24, 2015 at 11:31 pm

      Oh my, I am head over heels in love with Fairhope, AL. That my “honey” spot. You are lucky gal!

  22. July 24, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    I’d been looking for an old bike for so long that I’d forgotten I was looking for one…until now that is. Everything is beautiful as always!

  23. Elizabeth
    July 24, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Mary, your creativity is amazing! Never would I have thought of using an old bicycle as a planter and it’s so beautiful. Love the bee skep that’s in the center of another bloomer! Do you mind sharing where you found it? Have a great weekend!

    • July 24, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      Thanks Elizabeth! I found the bee skep at Hobby Lobby last year. :)

  24. July 24, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    I love your magical garden…where old bikes and discarded chimney pots…and yes, treasured dishes even when broken, can still find a way to be useful and contribute to the beauty around them…

  25. July 24, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Can’t beat the price! Your bike looks at home in the garden Mary-enjoy:@)

  26. Paula
    July 24, 2015 at 8:46 pm


    Love the old Schwinn , I have my moms !! old bikes are great in the flower garden , and yours looks fright at home :)


    p.s. I don’t know if you read my other comment , but if I do have something I would like to send you if only I had an address.

  27. Barbara B
    July 24, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Love all of your posts and especially this one. Thank you again for the honey bee contest. Lucky winner will be buzzing with happiness.

  28. nancycombow
    July 24, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Hi Mary;

    SO glad I stumbled upon your blog. What a delight. You have an eye for detail, you must put a lot of time and effort into your blog. Thank You!


  29. July 24, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    love it all Mary! that bike basket is wonderful with the perfect plate!!

  30. Diana @
    July 25, 2015 at 8:21 am

    I’m from Ohio, love Hydranges, Sangria,
    and your blog is outstanding. What
    inspiration ! 🐞🐾

  31. Kay
    July 25, 2015 at 11:28 am

    You have such a sense of style, so welcoming. I never want your posts to end. I’m also a Bichon mom to a Gracie.

    Love the bicycle planted in the flower bed. A new flower to me this year is a balloon plant. Unopened the bloosom looks like a balloon, but opens up to a sweet star.

    Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  32. July 25, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    This is so cute! I wish I had a green thumb!
    Michelle from
    P.S. Drop by my blog for some FREE printable in honor of Christmas in July! :)

  33. Sandi Allen
    July 25, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Love, Love, Love the bike! How beautiful with all those flowers!

  34. July 25, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    Oh goodness, that bike and flowers are amazing…to say the least. What a great idea. (The bee was perfect)


  35. July 28, 2015 at 2:50 am

    So pretty! Love it with the flowers and the S seat is awesome!

  36. July 29, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Love your bike and it is beautifully planted. The picture of the bee and the plate is fabulous!! Perfect timing from Mother Nature is right! I wanted to ask, do your bee skeps hold up in the rain ??? I have several but never put them outside. Just curious.

  37. joy
    July 29, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    What a cute idea! I love it.

  38. August 6, 2015 at 10:38 am

    That is an awesome bike planter! Love it!! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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