Watering Can Love


I have a ‘thing’ for watering cans, you may have noticed :). . . collected over the years, mostly from flea markets and antique malls.


I don’t discriminate, I love the time-worn or chippy. . .


Dented or painted . . .


Rusty or decoupaged. . .


Cans with or without roses. . .


Old or new. . .


Galvanized or green.


And speaking of water, we desperately need some rain.


Our lake level is dropping daily. If you have some extra rain, please send it our way. . .


My hose-lugging days are coming to an end and my garden will thank you. :)


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  45 comments for “Watering Can Love

  1. Jan
    August 7, 2015 at 6:33 am

    I 💜 your collection of watering cans!
    I have several sitting here & there and for some reason this year the wasp are thinking they need to make them their home.
    We could use some rain as well and less humidity, please!

  2. August 7, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Love all your watering cans! We haven’t had rain since June and the temperatures are in the 100s so I feel your pain! Here’s hoping we both get rain soon!

  3. Sue
    August 7, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Your watering can collection is wonderful!! I live in Lexington, Ky and we had over 9 inches of rain last month and it is still raining!! Wish I could send some your way.
    PS My brother lives in Indianapolis and they had over 20″ last month!!! Wettest July ever

  4. Sherlie Magaret
    August 7, 2015 at 7:36 am

    What a lovely collection. I think I love the painted ones best. I wish I could send you rain, it seems to rain every other day here. Mowing is really difficult because you can mow when it is wet and never seems to get a chance to dry out. I think we have watered some of the garden once or twice this summer.

  5. Angela
    August 7, 2015 at 7:36 am

    I love my watering cans, too, but your collection is quite lovely!!! love your posts. thanks for sharing!!

    Angela from NJ

  6. mary
    August 7, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Be still my heart! I love all your watering cans, especially welcome to Me Garden .”

  7. August 7, 2015 at 8:19 am

    I LOOOOVE all your watering cans and wish I had a collection. I wish I could send you rain but we need it too, it is dry as a bone here!!! I am lugging hoses as well, every day plus this week watering my neighbors while they are on vacation. Have a beautiful weekend, hopefully a wet one!!!!!

  8. Ellen Stillabower
    August 7, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Me too!!! Love watering cans..if I could send you some rain, I would..we have had more than our share this spring/summer..when you live in the country, the corn field behind us will fill up with water and in two days it’s gone and if the wind starts blowing, which it does a lot out here, then everything becomes dry quickly and then I have to do my hose lugging days start!! I recently found a lightweight hose that I just love. Therefore, it cuts down on the “lugging” part. Being 70 makes lugging a hose painful..and, it’s not one of those hoses that expands and contracts.😎😎😎🌻🌻🌻

  9. August 7, 2015 at 8:23 am

    This whole setting just makes me swoon, Mary! I so admire your ability to gather things so beautifully into such pleasing arrangements. I also love the flowers you’ve got growing around it all…such pretty colors! Gorgeous setting, with the open fields in the background, too. Outstanding!

  10. August 7, 2015 at 8:23 am

    I love your collection of watering cans, Mary! I have quite a collection, myself! My favorite can is a beehive! It’s our rainy season in Fl. We get thunder storms every afternoon! The grass is nice and green, but my flower garden is getting waterlogged. I would love to send this rain your way!

  11. Lynn Schantz
    August 7, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Mary, Your watering cans are absolutely adorable, I love each and every one of them. Here in Southwestern lower Michigan we are having a dry period temps currently in the low 80’s. We are blessed that we have irrigation to water our crops.

  12. August 7, 2015 at 8:37 am

    They look so cute gathered together in and on your ladder Mary! A watering can tree! I am so sorry to hear about your drought and hose toting sounds very sweaty~ ugh~ our windows are fogged up because it’s so hot and humid, but at we get 1-2 showers or thunderstorms daily. You have adopted some real watering can charmers, they have so much personality! My favorite one is the seed catalog one, where even the spout is decorated. Happy weekend, I will do a rain dance for you :)

  13. August 7, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Oh I love it!!!

  14. August 7, 2015 at 8:46 am

    What a wonderful collection, Mary. Your watering cans look perfectly happy perched on the ladder by your potting shed. I hope you get rain soon, and we need it here in Texas, as well. The 100 degree days are taking a toll.
    Happy weekend to you!

  15. Cheryl
    August 7, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Love the way you’ve displayed your collection. The shot towards the end of your post with the whole view of your potting shed and your watering can collection is worthy of a magazine cover…Gorgeous! You’ve got a good eye and great taste.

  16. August 7, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Share your passion, the ladder couldn’t be put to a better use, the pull back shot in the best garden shot you have ever shared, it truly CANNOT get any better than that, ever :-)

  17. Granny
    August 7, 2015 at 9:18 am

    If only those watering cans could talk, what a story they could tell….you have a very nice collection, Mary, that is not only beautiful, but interesting. Perhaps some rain will come along and fill some. The door swag is looking great! Those petunias are beautiful. Enjoy the weekend….

  18. August 7, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Mary, I have my dad’s old galvanized watering can~~no rose, but that’s ok, although I love to see how the water flows so differently depending on the style and shape of the rose. Your collection is wonderful and I’ve been eyeing your “woven” M-C one with the butterfly for awhile. I hope your lake doesn’t get too low and interfere with boating! We spent summers when I was kid on a lake in MA and the power company would change the levels during a drought. The underwater rocks became a hazard for waterskiing and boat motors! We were just in FL and it poured once a day. It was so hot and humid that I waited anxiously for it each day. I hope you’ll get rain soon for your pretty flowers and your beautiful lake. Linda

  19. Patty Soriano
    August 7, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Mary, I’m down here in Texas with Cecilia and Kitty. Our drought was helped this spring when we had record rain, which caused horrible destruction in two towns, but helped in others. Our lake was down to only 3%, but it recovered quite nicely to 80%. I hope yours doesn’t go down that much. But now we haven’t had rain in awhile and with heat indices 105-112, plants are suffering, as are the people. I’m also a watering can collector. The galvanized are outside lining the porch steps and the ceramic ones are inside on display. Always reminding me of the way our ancestors watered their flowers. :-) Thank you for sharing your lovely collection ! Hope you get rain soon…and if you do, please send to Texas, too !

  20. Judy Garmon
    August 7, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Love, love these photos! Everyone needs a shed in their life, even if we must share yours! Thanks!!

  21. August 7, 2015 at 10:26 am

    I’ve been lugging the hose around much of this summer as well so I feel your pain! i knew you had a watering can collection but I didn’t know it was as extensive and as fabulous as this! And it is all photographed so beautifully and hoping they land in a magazine, too! We finally got some rain last night and I hope you did, too!

  22. August 7, 2015 at 10:31 am

    You have such a sweet collection, Mary. Each time I see one, I think of my grandmother, who used her Sprinkler to water everyday. Seeing the litte ones decorated makes me think of precious little girls helping in the garden. I love how you have them displayed on that amazing ladder. Happy August, Mary!

  23. Linda
    August 7, 2015 at 10:48 am

    I think I have found a new collection item!! I have one in aqua for my start :-). We bought a handyman special cottage several years ago. Included were a couple of old dented coal buckets, so I love to fill those every year.

  24. August 7, 2015 at 11:47 am

    This post made me smile. I love your collection of watering cans, Mary!

  25. August 7, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Love your collection…. I have only one old one, but love my watering can!

    Wish I could send you some rain – we’ve had nothing but this last week – due to Hurricane Guillermo who was threatening us but decided to skirt around us…and now Hilda is approaching, but looks like she is losing strength…I do welcome the rain regardless of who brings it as long as hurricanes and tropical storms stay away from our shores!

  26. August 7, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    I’m head over heels in love with your charming potting shed!!!
    Michelle from simplysantabarbara.blogspot.com

  27. Darlene
    August 7, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Nothing says flower garden like a watering can, especially a galvanized one! Love this Mary, and up the road in Forsyth County we could use some more rain too!

  28. Pat
    August 7, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    You have such a wonderful collection of vintage watering cans, Mary! I enjoyed looking at them all in your display.
    After a overly wet Spring we are ending summer very dry here in Colorado. No happy medium..lol

  29. August 8, 2015 at 12:30 am

    You have the most gorgeous potting shed I’ve ever seen!! Love all those watering cans!!

  30. August 8, 2015 at 10:25 am

    *Perfect* collection for your little potting shed. I love them all, but I think my have is the very first one in the post. I think it has marigolds and a butterfly on it. So cute!

  31. August 8, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Your collection of watering cans is spectacular! They make me want to start collecting:) As for rain, we need some here, too. I stopped watering the lawn and I’m just watering the garden and the flowers and trees. I started getting afraid that I could be running the well dry and that is not a nice feeling to have.

  32. August 8, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Love your collection. I have several, but consider that collection of mine to be quite modest – especially compared to yours! It feels good, though, finding like minds. :)

  33. Ingrid
    August 10, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Really beautiful, such great ideas you share with us, thank you very much

  34. August 11, 2015 at 12:45 am

    Oh my, I just saw your post at The Scoop party. First, I’m just swooning of your rustic garden shed – love it! Your watering can collection is F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S and I like how you’ve arranged them in front of your shed. Following you!

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  36. August 17, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    How in the world did I miss this post!!!….Severe, severe watering can envy and love….Adore each and every one of them! Yes, we need rain desperately here too!….

  37. Miriam Gaylord
    August 18, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Your collection of watering cans is so nice. I love them too and have a nice stash on my back porch. My husband did buy me a new Hass Watering can with the nice brass rose and it is my most favorite one to actually water with. I am from Deland Florida and we are getting hit with some awesome rain in this area. My rain barrels are full to the brim.

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