Friday Idea File: Paint something

Have a dead tree? Turn it into a garden feature. Christoper D.Mello‘s garden, Asheville NC

You’ll be surprised how just a little paint can spruce things up and make your garden pop. That’s idea one – applied here in a variety of ways.

This is the first of what I hope will be a weekly feature: Friday Idea File, a collection of ideas for your garden. My inspiration is garden designer Susan Cohan’s Year of Mondays posted weekly on her blog Miss Rumphius’ Rules. This might be too ambitious. We’ll see. It’ll be complicated by the utter disappearance (poof!) of thousands of garden photos in a photo archive. Most of the lost shots are local, so until the good weather returns, you’ll be seeing lots of ideas from far and wide.

Why be satisfied with weathered cedar. Paint your obelisks. Kate Farley‘s garden in Seattle WA

Kate Farley inspired me to paint my own obelisk purple. You can see the result here.

Okay, this one might be glazed, not painted. But epoxy paint is a quick way to transform any container.
See how a small painted detail can draw your eye through a garden? Majorelle Blue is a particularly striking colour in a garden. Remember the Blue Stick Garden? Here, it’s on a bench in Yvonne Cunnington’s former country garden.
Paint doesn’t need to be vibrant. Look what you can do with stain and stencil! Robert Bellamy‘s garden, Dallas TX
Paint a garden gate or front door to say, “This way, please.” Beach Garden Tour, Toronto 2009


    1. Thanks Alison, I'm looking under virtual rocks to see if they're there. The stenciled fence is a great idea, isn't it? Brings out the grain of the wood.

  1. I think the stained/stenciled image is hauntingly beautiful. I also love the painted gate. It gives it the weight of a door. Something to think about…!

    All the best in 2013. 🙂

  2. Very inspiring, especially in the depths of winter. Friday Idea File sounds great, looking forward to as many as you can come up with. Good luck with your file recovery.

    1. Thanks, Laura. It looks like I've lost quite a few images, but have managed to retrieve some. I already have this Friday's file lined up to publish, so that makes two Fridays, at least!

  3. Helen, I was looking for inspiration for an urban vegetable gardening talk (including colorful supports) and came across your wonderful post! Fabulous! Would you mind if I include your image (with attribution) in the presentation?


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