The Vintage Junk Bicycle was a gift from a friend, hence the name; the Russel About.
The paper delivery basket froths over with Sedum cyaneum 'Rose Carpet', Sedum kamschaticum (Stonecrop), and several no identification Sempervivum (hens and chicks).
Old pieces of rustic junk are a great way to add some interest to your garden, particularly if you are gardening in an area that is drought stricken for at least part of the year.
You can keep a few containers watered, and use funky and salvaged art to display instead. Think of it more like a sculpture garden.
There is no end of ideas all over the place; just go to any flea market or yard sale, and let your imagination run riot.
This old bike doesn't have a kickstand, so it leans against the rebar archways.
Lush plantings surround the bike - this garden gets virtually no water, ever, except what nature provides.
The old metal rusts beautifully - there is something about the quality of rust on old metal things; it has a really different look to it somehow.
The basket has to be supported by the blue tripod with hypertufa pots nestled below. My favorite stopnecrop drapes over the edge.
The old bike just continues to get better - this picture is of the blooms of Sedum cyaneum 'Rose Carpet' in August.
With a haircut to get rid of the old flower heads, it's ready to go again next season - I might give it a drink with some compost tea just to perk it up if it looks sad, but otherwise, snow and rain is all the care it gets.
In the end, the bicycle went back to its original owner. We don't know where it will go from here - hopefully in its new life, it will give just as much pleasure.
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