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Growing Rusty

If we are on the earth long enough, it happens to all of us: Our joints begin to creak, our flesh droops, we begin to doubt our usefulness, but an optimistic attitude and a connection to the garden can keep us going longer than others might expect, as the cheerful pumpkin salesman in this fall display at Myers Plants and Pottery will testify:

After admiring the rusty elements at Myers, I was inspired to seek out some rusty features in my own garden. I had some fun with my camera, so you may or may not recognize what you are looking at:

I like a little rust. It adds patina and a bit of soul to the garden. Rusty joints, I don't like so much, but may we all age as amiably as Myers's pumpkin salesman! 

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A fan of rust in the garden here too Debs, where it's wanted of course. It adds colour, texture, and character :)

October 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark and Gaz

found a huge rusty bolt, when we were digging in the garden. I wanted to place it and enjoy looking at it, to him it's just a rusty bolt!

October 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Studer

You've managed to make decaying rust look artful and pretty. It actually is, especially in this season! May your joints move smoothly and your autumn rust into winter with grace. Happy autumn.

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaurrie

What I liked about the salesman was the smile he had on his face! He didn't care about being "rusty"! :) I hope we all add a bit of 'patina' to our characters as we age!

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHolleyGarden

You have turned rust into an art form, it must look good in your garden. As long as I am as happy as the pumpkin salesman I don't mind getting older !

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpauline

Now that is a festive place. Too bad the driver looks a bit pekid. It really is a great time of year for all that pumpkin color paired with rusty patina.

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

I like rusty old metal objects in the garden. I use a rusty old wheelbarrow as a planter and have some old andirons. And I'm a bit rusty myself, especially in the knees.

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJason

I love a good Halloween display! Rust can add a wonderful patina to some things.

I read about your hip replacement. How are you doing?

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersweetbay

Great display and I love rust in the garden too....

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDonna@Gardens Eye View

Hi Deb
Yup - getting creaky and rusty is a sad state of affairs but if we can find the ray of sunshine in those states, we and everyone around us is in a happy place :) You have created some great photos by being very observant.

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAstrid

I love rust, and patina in my garden too...and I love the way you describe it as adding a little bit of soul to the garden. It certainly does.


October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Love the photos. Living in Seattle WE are rusty by the time next spring comes around so I'm determined to make the most of the last few days of sunshine.

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Chapman

Great perspective--I love it! Thanks for the reminder to focus on unusual (or should I say "usual") features in the garden. This type of post is refreshing!

October 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPlantPostings

Fantastic! Thanks also for the link - I am in NW GA and always interested in possibilities for exploration in AL. Thank you.

October 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCecilia Duval

Your artful photography shows how beautiful decay can be, Deb. I love the idea and I may go and search for something rusty that will fit in my garden.

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

Hello, O kindred rust lover. Your images are lovely and evocative. I'm always happy to see a rusty piece standing or laying, as it marks time's passage, an evolution and not necessarily a destruction.

As for the ol' rusty body, I embrace that too, reminding myself that it beats the alternative.

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLee May

I loved this post - probably because I'm getting rustier by the day! What a great pumpkin display that was.

Deb,. that was not very nice taking that picture of me in the car, especially when wearing a hat that doesn't suit my face.

October 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlistair

What a great Halloween piece. I wish I could come up with as good a placement for my skeleton (well, not my own skeleton but rather my Halloween skeleton) - right now he's hanging from the lighting fixture over my dining room table.

October 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKris P

Rust adds character!! Nice pictures, love the color.

October 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermichael

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