The Tank Garden-An Unintentional Ode to Frank.

See that nice new mulch?  All out and spread around my tank garden by my son. :)  It took two years to get that done, but here it is, done.  
High Hope fulfilled.

One of the new planters in the garden, that I just planted this morning. 
It's some kind of old feeder.

Grow and bloom little flowers!

This is an old galvanized pail with an annual baby's breath in it.  I think this should be a perfect combination. Around here our plant selection is sooooo slim that I was happy to find this plant.  I haven't seen annual baby's breath in a number of years.  It used to be a standard one here.  Does anyone know if it grows from seed easily?  I should try it next year.

This is another new planter this year sitting at the end of a brick path my son made for me.  We had some odds and ends bricks in true form for this garden, the path ended when the bricks ran out.

We will try some plants in the bottom of the chicken waterer and in the bricks around it.  We'll see how it works with very little soil.

On top of the chicken waterer, is some type of strainer I found to use as a planter. I put a wire vine and a sweet potato vine in it.  I'll take another picture when they grow. :)

These two words make me smile.

Do you want to hear Frank Sinatra singing "Blue Skies"?  Here is one recording, but, it's not live I'm afraid.    I've always kind of liked Willie Nelson singing "Blue Skies".

I'm still tying to figure out what to do with my stones.  I think some type of rustic easel to hold them.  I also need to age them.  Any thoughts or ideas?  They will be in full sun so I don't know if growing moss on them would work.

I used a kit like this to make them that my sister gave to me many years ago.  Hey, that's another high hope fulfilled.  :)

 Enjoy your weekend!!


  1. checked out ta word stone kit. was it worth the money??? or just as well off to buy the stamps*...I have cement.
    *are they just regular ones?
    thanks for help


  2. What a great way to start my morning...Blue Skies and ol' Blue Eyes!
    Funny you should mention baby's breath. I would buy it by the bunches at the grocer's, but this year no one has any. Is there a shortage or something?
    What a great son you got there!

  3. Yeah a tank garden post! I love the brick path---what about hen and chicks in the bottom of the water tank? To age the brick water down some paint and streak---lightly chip the edges?
    I can't wait to see the plants mature.

  4. I love that song.... especially with Willie singing it! They make a concrete stain, would that work? Or you could drip oil on it...pretend it's a driveway with a car sitting on it dripping various things........ At any rate, I am so happy for you that you are getting these things done! Good feeling, isn't it!

  5. I always enjoy your tank garden posts! Your photos are beautiful--the galvanized containers look blue in the sun. Love how the finite brick assortment determines your design. Isn't that how it goes when you are making do and repurposing? ha!

  6. your tank garden is such a happy place...
    Love the combo of metal and flowers and your word bricks are brilliant too

    I have a similar kit and you make me want to find it and make more bricks...
    your letters are so sharp and crisp...perfect word selection and song selections too...
    I have had little luck even keeping one of the bricks near our angel bird bath where it gets lots of moisture...
    the only patina I got on one was when a robin redbreast tried building her nest on our back porch and got mud on my "grace" brick ;)

    and aren't you lucky to have a willing son to help make the magic happen in your garden!!!

    great finds in your post below too = Wowee!

    Happy long weekend to you and yours


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