Thursday, July 28, 2011

Rusty Charm and Ivy

English and Swedish Ivys are such easy going plants that having them in pots almost feels like cheating. Swedish ivy in particular is a well loved homey plant. So loved that I had to bring it home from the shop where practically every passerby plucked off a stem to root. My lovely plant started out lush and large and got smaller and smaller! At first I didn't mind at all, and then I finally wanted to behave like the apple tree in the Wizard of Oz and slap somebody! Oh my!

Now it's getting a well deserved R&R among the rusty garden antiques. I can't explain why there is such romance in rusty old things, but like a persecuted plant they seem to need retirement in a garden. And since I don't devote time to cultivating flowers at the moment, my rusty artifacts are a charming stand in.

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  1. Hi J,
    I never knew about Swedish Ivy, it's very pretty, and I am glad you brought it home for some R&R, OH MY (cracked me up!)!! LOVE the rusty tin ceiling panel, you find great pretties down there! The watering can line up is fab!!

  2. wonderful photos.
    love the vignettes you put together
    barbara jean

  3. I never knew about Swedish Ivy either but I'm going on a hunt to the nursery tomorrow! I think I need to end every day by reading your blog. You love all the things I love and everything is so beautiful I take a deep breath and relax. What a lovely way to punctuate my day.


  4. Ive not heard of Swedish ivy to learn about...nice pics, as usual :)

  5. The old items look great with the trailing plants. Lovely photos.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  6. So very pretty ~ I hope your swedish ivy makes a full recovery.

  7. Beautiful! What a great idea, you've created a little corner with delicious!
    I love the old metal containers, watering cans in my collection I have some very nice! ^_^

  8. Swedish Ivy was about the only houseplant I had in the late 60's & early 70's! I haven't thought about them until you brought it up here. What a trip down Memory Lane...

    I wonder if I can find it anywhere locally?

    I could "move in" to your garden. It is def. my style!

  9. Love the vignette. Wish I had a milk can like yours.

  10. Thanks for reminding me to water my English Ivy, it's been a while, thank goodness they are hearty plants! Love all the containers you have the plants in, my mom grew the Swedish ivy!

  11. you always put your posts together so whimsical and fun...loved it and love your photos.

  12. We adore the rusty patina with the green plants. Time worn patinas always make us happy!
    Have a great Friday!
    Angela and Renee

  13. Dear Jacqueline,

    I have seen a lot of blog traffic coming from your blog to mine, and discovered that I have been given the honour to appear on your "current intrigues" list - thank you so much, it is a real honour!

    You have such a lovely blog with a wonderful vintage feel. This post is right up my street and not just because of the "Swedish ivy" :-), but all the rusty items, the zinc, the... all of it!

    Wishing you a lovely summer and again, thank you!


  14. You give me so many nice ideas. Great photos.

  15. I just love your pictures! So much inspiration and lovely things...
    Have a nice weekend!

  16. I have always wanted ivy, but I'm afraid it will grow in to the walls, but I love the look of it. What a perfect combination of rust, zinc and ivy, love it!
    Have a great weekend!
    XXX Ido

  17. I heart rust very much. I have not seen that particular ivy in a very long time. So glad you rescued it from the many hands.

  18. Beautiful photos. I've never seen Swedish Ivy before; it's a lovely plant. And your rusty artifacts are charming.

  19. Love your tin watering cans. Your poor ivy probably wanted to slap a few hands too!

  20. Love all of your galvanized and enamel yummies!! A delight for the eye filled to the brim with lovely ivy!!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  21. Your ivy looks beautiful in these vintage containers.

  22. Jacqueline, I can't believe people would just help themselves to pieces of your plant! It's a good thing you brought it home while there was still any plant left. I love the old watering cans and buckets. Thanks for joining the Open House party this week.

  23. Love the photos,,,
    as always!
    Whish you a nice week


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