Vintage in the Garden

This past February, I posted photos of glass vintage airport runway lights found atop the posts of a garden fence. The cobalt blue lights offered a stunning contrast against the bright white snow.  During a recent visit, I found another of these lights, this time in teal, gracing the railing of the front porch.  In the post linked above, I labeled them Insulators, but was corrected and told they were runway lights.  My Facebook friends are confident that this one is indeed an insulator.

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Liz and Wilson have the most beautiful spaces within their garden.  In addition to a variety of flowers, vegetables, and fruits, the garden is decorated with intriguing pieces of art and vintage items.

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This last piece adornes the deer fencing that surrounds the blueberry bushes.

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Liz and Wilson raise the concept of  “yard art” to a whole new level.

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34 thoughts on “Vintage in the Garden

  1. I remember that post Laurie – I loved the blue against the white and had never seen those lights before. I also love the colour of this light! :-)

    What a great array of interesting pieces your friends have. I love gardens with surprises in them. The wind vane is intriguing too – at least I think it is a wind vane, but of course may well be mistaken :-)

    I love that you photograph the things that catch your eye wherever you are – it’s like we get to see the world according to LB regularly, and you capture such an interesting and attractive world!

    • How cool that you remembered the last post. The combination of blue and white is one of my favs. My friend Liz said this about the last picture “it is a purple Martin house with a decoy Martin atop to attract other martins to come stay awhile! It is very difficult to start a colony. No luck this year but we did have a lot of interest!”. (I didn’t know that either).
      How are you?????
      And Siddy? and Orlando?

      • Well, now you are going to just have to post that last photo again – in full colour and from various angles so I can see all that. To me it looks like it might be duck shapes facing four directions and a real bird sitting atop it all ……….. My new glasses arrive next week though :-)

        I need to find time to write a post about how we are getting on. All I can say is IT IS FULL ON!! :-)

        I will write a post. Today. Just for you :-)

  2. I love the shot of the airport light….beautiful texture and colour….and I’m fascinated by the last shot. It looks like a flag pole combined with a futuristic high rise for birds…..somehow very Monty Python!!

    • I’ll tell Liz – she’ll love the Monty Python comment! She says it is “a purple Martin house with a decoy Martin atop to attract other martins to come stay awhile! It is very difficult to start a colony. No luck this year but we did have a lot of interest!”

  3. These are glass insulators which you were used for a variety of bare-metal communication lines either railroad or telephone. We saw thousands of them laying with downed poles along the railways when we took our Amtrak trip out West last year. Today the wires aren’t bare and the insulators aren’t needed. They’re wrapped in insulation and are connected to the poles with a small black connector. Thanks for the facts from former telephone man, Wilson!

    • I think I now finally get the difference between the two types of lights. It’s been fun to read all the comments on FB! Thanks Wilson!!

  4. The last picture is a purple Martin house with a decoy Martin atop to attract other martins to come stay awhile! It is very difficult to start a colony. No luck this year but we did have a lot of interest!

  5. My husband restores old cars as a hobby. We have LOTS of rust-clad items around our yard. You’re welcome to come anytime and take photos, Laurie. Perhaps then, I can learn to look at them in an entirely new way. ;-)

  6. I”m glad I read through the comments, as I was trying to guess what that last piece of art could be. I thought birdhouse or bird feeder, but I didn’t know that was a decoy on top. It looks real from here.

    You’ve captured the fun of the yard art beautifully, Laurie. What a fun place to hang out.

    • Crystal, I’m glad you said that about my friends. Their garden is so wonderful that I have featured various parts of it in 3 different posts. I’m hoping that they don’t mind :-)

  7. Fun and fantastic, they’re very creative! Is that like a purple martin house at the end? I see it goes up and down so I assumed it’s rigged for annual cleaning. It looks like those birds are wearing spectacles? HA! Totally awesome and original.

Because Boomdee dared me: Lay a little sugar on me :-)

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