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14 May, 2012

My Shabby Picnic Basket Planter and More Old Favorites on the Patio

IMG_2464My patio is up and running this year and includes some old favorites…such as my shabby picnic basket planter which is making its third appearance! Love it…and so do the begonias. It was made from a $3.93 Goodwill find!  It had gotten a little too shabby and needed a little freshening up, so I repeated the original painting process. Directions for making it can be found here.

040My little flower pot man is back…sporting a moss rose hair-do for summer. He stood up the first summer, but is sitting down again this year.

027The little water feature is back also. I just love the sound of water…so soothing! Miss Kitty loves it, too, since she considers it her personal drinking fountain!

IMG_2456By mid-summer, the water hyacinths will be blooming…breathtaking! But…each bloom opens at night and only lasts one day!

kitty And of course, the catnip is back! However, this year I have had to cage it thanks to this neighbor who bit each plant all the way down to the dirt and killed them all last year! Naughty fellow! My staff hardly got to enjoy it at all! I’ll take it out when the staff and I are enjoying the patio.

pageHere’s the lovely Miss Kitty acting goofy over the catnip year before last! Does it make her high? I don’t think so. She’s just goofy! She even acts like a fool over strawberries as you may recall!

IMG_1521And perhaps the best of all…the ginger lilies beside the patio are also up and growing! By fall they will be blooming again like this! I think it is one of the sweetest fragrances around…and so it seems do the hummingbird moths! I’ll be waiting for them to make their annual appearance! Do you have special favorites on your porch or patio that make an appearance each year?

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my patio! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Beth at The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Anita at Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up on Tuesdays

Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Judy at DIY by Design for Swing into Spring

Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday

Heather and Vanessa at At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

See you next time! A la prochaine!


  1. I think I'm heading off to Goodwill right now ~ adorable planter you made :) Laughing about the catnip...caged! hillarious!

  2. Your picnic basket planter is beautiful, Debbie! I love that idea and how it looks.

  3. What a terrific basket/planting project. I am going to check that out next.
    I looked out one day and found the neighbor cat rolling all over the cat nip. No sense of boundaries with cats. Silly.
    I love how they rub their faces on things. Darling pictures!
    Of course Miss Kitty knows that the fountain is there...for her!

  4. I love your picnic basket planter! So pretty!

  5. Your patio is like a cocktail lounge for Miss Kitty. Drinks and I'm not sure what we should call catnip! Good for her. The cage over the catnip cracked me up!

    Robin Flies South

  6. Everything looks so fresh and inviting Debbie, I'm in love with your picnic basket. It's Just getting warm enough here to consider putting flowers out here, yours are a great inspiration. Thanks for sharing

  7. Oh your patio is wonderful and I love the basket. Great idea. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  8. It all looks so beautiful -- a real retreat area! I am really wanting to add a water feature outside of my gazebo this year ... love yours and that picnic basket with the begonias!

  9. I just love it all, especially that adorable terra cotta man and the gorgeous ginger lily. I wish my patio areas were half so lovely!

  10. Debbie I love it all!! The suitcase, the little terra cotta man and that sweet water fountain!!

  11. Debbie,
    Oh, my...loveliness surrounds you!!! Shame on that neighbor cat! Miss Kitty seemed to enjoy herself so in the cat nip and I do hope she gets to again,soon!I'm sharing your link with a friend of mine whose been wanting a pot person. Thanks!

  12. Your patio is looking wonderful. That Shabby suitcase is a neat idea. Ms, Kitty is very pretty too. Pat

  13. It all looks so beautiful :o) I leave an upturned wire hanging basket over my catnip to stop the pusses destroying it, it's worked well for over three years now.

  14. I love the little pot man, I remember when you made him-just so cute! Why is there always one neighbor that just makes you shake your head?:@)

  15. Your picnic basket planter is still one of my favorites of the projects you have shown. Every year I say I need to find one.

  16. Your flowers are so beautiful, Debbie. I can imagine their fragrance too...Christine

  17. It's all so creative and lots of fun. Thanks for sharing. I found your post at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia.


  18. Debbie - I just adore the idea of putting flowers in that vintage picnic basket! Adorable! And I can't believe how healthy your water hyacinth look! :)

    xoxo laurie

  19. Your patio garden is beautiful. It's so nice to sit out in the evening and enjoy a beautiful yard. Thanks for sharing. Or I should thank your staff. They look like such hard workers.

  20. What a great idea...I have a wicker suitcase-y thing like that. I wish mine was painted white like yours.

  21. Your patio area is a fun spot with your special outdoor touches among the flowers. So delightful!
    Mary Alice

  22. Love this idea, so pretty! thanks for linking up.

  23. I do love that picnic basket planter. I have some things I bring out each year and enjoy on the deck. I'm afraid not much will get done until I get back home whenever that will be. Hugs, Linda

  24. Love all the pretty things in your garden. Your begonias look so lush in the cute picnic basket, and I love the ginger lilies. Miss Kitty with her "personal drinking fountain" cute. :)
    Hope you're having a great week,

  25. I would have to cage in my wicker sofa because an elderly neighbor's cat loves to come and sleep on it and mess it up with mud! So annoying. I told her dau about it, the darn thing ruined a new cover I had made for it. She just lets it run lose all the time. Now I have to pile the wicker tables on top of it every night as my little gson is severely allergic. I tried the moth balls too.
    Ok, off my rant about irresponsible pet owners!

    Your picnic basket planter looks wonderful and your portulaca headed man is adorable!
    We still have to wait for the pollen invasion to end so we can set up the porch. You Southern gals are so ahead of us Yankees! :)

  26. So many pretties to look at Deb, I think the ginger lilies are my favorite. Happy Tuesday,

  27. You have such a lovely patio. I think your picnic basket planter is one of my favorite things!!

  28. Debbie, it all looks so pretty and so relaxing. Miss Kitty is so pretty. Too bad she has such a rude neighbor. laurie

  29. Your patio looks so pretty! I love the terra cotta pot man :)

  30. Fresh, summery and clean looking...very nice.

  31. That is funny that you have to put the catnip in a cage. Naughty neighbor!!

  32. Beautiful, Debbie. My day lilies are in bloom and so is the ginger plant. It didn't freeze this year, which allows it to bloom. It's gorgeous.

  33. Debbie, what a cute potman...I should give this a try, I am sure I have enough pots in the garage. You should buy catmint not cat nip, they are not the same. My cats and indeed the neighbor cats never eat it. They roll and the big feral cat "Louis" just sits and smells it, it reyurns every year bigger each time.

  34. Don't you love the Goodwill!! Best deals ever! The basket looks gorgeous all painted up and your pot man is the cutest things ever! What a fun fun idea...I think I need to make one for my grandkids...Mr. Potman in the garden...they would love that! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share you ideas with us.


  35. Looking beautiful.....poor Miss Kitty....her catnap all caged up....she will enjoy it when she does get to it!!

  36. Debbie,,
    What a sweet patio! I love the basket suitcase full of flowers and Miss Kitty's drinking fountain.
    A few years ago,I planted cat nip for my two cats and the neighbor cat pulled them out roots and all, so I know what kind of varmit you're dealing with :)

  37. Your basket planter is beautiful again this year and I loved the picture of Miss Kitty enjoying the fountain. We have a cat that looks just like your marauding neighbor, but our Trixie is inside only, and lives in Houston, so she's pleading not guilty for this particular offense!

  38. I love your basket planter of begonias! Very pretty. I love your water feature and will have to make one. My cat Buddy loves to drink from running water. Stopping by from At The Picket Fence

  39. Thanks so much for the reminder. I haven't been to the Goodwill in quite a while. I need to get back into the swing of things. I am loving your water hyacinths. I really enjoyed this inspirational post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party? Hope to see you there!


  40. Love the wicker basket, I would bring it out every year, too.
    The kitties seem to be enjoying the catnip, so nice for them to enjoy.
    Thanks for sharing.

  41. How fun to revisit the patio! Cats are so silly over the catnip and running water! LOVE your picnic basket with the gorgeous begonias!

  42. LOVE the begonia filled picnic basket!

    And of course the caged catnip!!

  43. Lovley Post........and a really nice Begonia :)
    and do not miss...




    it is FUN :)
    Håkan ( The Roseman)


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