Gardening Accents at the Daphne Antique Galleria

Gardening 101

I heard a story once about creation. The devil approaches God and says, “I can create a Garden of Eden just as easy as you can!” God says, “Ok, show me.” So the devil starts to gather his materials. God interrupts him and says, “Oh no, wait just a minute! You have to get your own dirt!”

Get Your Own Dirt

At the Daphne Antique Galleria, we have almost everything you need to create your own “Eden”. But, you will have to get your own dirt. 😉 Here are a few examples of how to add the Spirit of Loveliness to your garden. And you can find everything in the mall.

Gardening Accents

Antique Icebox Outdoor Bar

This rustic, vintage icebox would make a great addition to your outdoor kitchen. Add your favorite beverages, ice, glasses and a few bar tools and you’ll have the perfect outdoor, farmhouse bar. DEALER: pel

Watering Cans

DEALER: bcc has watering cans, flower pots and this lovely St. Francis birdfeeder.

St. Francis Birdfeeder


Large Trough

Use this farmhouse trough as a planter, cooler or add a piece of glass to the top for a unique console table. DEALER: ewh

pelican art

These large pelicans would be the perfect “yard art” if you live on the bay. Or add them to your boathouse, pier or patio. DEALER: cab

Rocking Chair

Add a pair of rocking chairs to your porch, pour a glass of sweet tea and enjoy the view of your Eden. DEALER: coz

3 tiered stand

A 3-tiered, metal stand with mirrored shelves would make a lovely addition to a screened porch. DEALER: bhb

Carriage Seat

This quaint, antique carriage seat may not be here long. It’s the perfect size for a balcony or gazebo. It would also look divine on my screened porch with pillows and a couple of ferns flanking the sides. Hurry in before I snatch it! DEALER: cab


Place this lovely birdbath on your porch as a side table or planter. The blues and yellow tones are the perfect colors for a southern veranda. DEALER: lou

rustic tea cart

Roll this rustic tea cart into your garden and layer it with ferns, begonias or geraniums. Add a birdhouse or a lantern like the one below for more farmhouse decor. DEALER: jsc

whitewashed lantern


A Little Bit of Heaven on Earth

Gardening Cherub

This cute little cherub would be the perfect guardian over your garden. Set amidst a ground cover or bed filled with blooming perennials would be heaven on earth. DEALER: bhb

I’ll leave you with a few chuckles found on Garden Digest:

  • When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it.  If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.
  • Wanted:  Man to take care of cow that does not smoke or drink.
  • “The best way to garden is to put on a wide-brimmed straw hat and some old clothes.  And with a hoe in one hand and a cold drink in the other, tell somebody else where to dig.”
    –  Texas Bix Bender, Don’t Throw in the Trowel  
  • God made rainy days, so gardeners could get the housework done.
  • How do you know you are a Master Gardener?
    There is a decorative compost container on your kitchen counter.
    You would rather go to a nursery to shop than a clothing store.
    You prefer gardening to watching television.
    You plan vacation trips to arboretums and public parks.
    Dirt under your fingernails and calloused palms are matters of pride.

While sipping your sweet tea in your porch rocker, whisper a plea to THE MASTER GARDENER to bless your garden.  What better garden accent than a blessing from heaven!

The Spirit of Loveliness: In the Garden

In honor of the coming of Spring, I have pruned a post from way back in the day of my first blog, Rave Redux. This was one of many posts where I reviewed how the book, The Spirit of Loveliness, by Emilie Barnes had affected my life. Today’s post tells how it affected my life as a gardner. I must add a disclaimer that I no longer live in the house where the yard is pictured below, but this is where I first learned how to keep a plant alive.

The Spirit of Gardening

I am dedicating this post to my friends who love gardening.  My thumb is definitely flesh-colored, if not brown.  I have had a few successes with landscaping projects, but my attempt at getting things to grow is summed up in this quote,

Gardening requires lots of water – most of it in the form of perspiration.  ~Lou Erickson

Getting things to grow is a labor of love for most, and while I labor at it, I cannot honestly say that I love it.  It’s like cleaning house.  I love the results. Learning from Mrs. Barnes that this was an important part of owning and improving our home, I’ve searched through the years for a technique that could change the color of my thumb.

About 3 years ago I stumbled across the book, “Lasagna Gardening,” by Patricia Lanza and it was like having a revival in the dirt.  I would never have thought that I could become one of those people who loved a compost pile or went in search of mushroom compost or cow manure to spread in my yard.  But, I did!  I learned from Mrs. Lanza’s book how to layer different organic materials in my beds and plant green things that miraculously stayed that way. The best part of this book was that I never had to dig a single hole.  This book cut way down on the perspiration hindrance.

As you layer the materials, the bed builds to a a height that does not require any digging.  I would spread out the materials with my gloved hands and just set the plant on the ground. This renaissance in the dirt happened long before my blog days, so I don’t have before or during pictures.

Lasagne Gardening

Then, you simply cover the plant with the compost you’ve built around it.  In the picture above, you can barely see the bed I built from compost on the left. I even planted three Magnolia trees, a Japanese Maple tree and several butterfly bushes, gardenias and Spirea. I did, however, have to stake the trees to the ground because of wind, but it worked perfectly.  The last time I drove by this house, all plants were still living.

Dorothy Frances Gurney is quoted in Emilie’s book saying,

“One is nearer God’s Heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth.”

Emilie Barnes was and is an inspiration to do all things (even those things you don’t love) to His glory. I received the blessing of watching new growth and beauty as a result of my efforts. Honoring the Creator by creating.

Gerber Daisies

Butterfly Bush

As I leave you today, I have to share this story.  I heard it years ago, but I don’t remember where.

The devil decided to challenge God to a “creation-contest” and God agreed.  So they both started to gather the materials they needed for their creation project.  Once the materials were gathered, the devil said, “ok, let’s get started.”  To which God replied, “Get your own dirt.”

Adapted from: The Spirit of Loveliness. Copyright © 1999 by Emilie Barnes. Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, OR. Used by permission.

Free Education for Women Over 40

As part of my goals for 2014, I plan to continue my education by occasionally attending a seminar, a speech or a class that teaches me something new. Today, I had the pleasure of a warm cup of tea with about 15 Fairhope citizens as we listened to a gentleman share stories about Fairhope in the days of Stimpson Sawmill. The Fairhope Museum of History invites the residents of the fair city to “Tea for Two” on each Tuesday of the month.

My city by the bay.
My city by the bay.


I was particularly interested in this Tuesday’s talk because my Pappy worked in a sawmill, but died when I was only 2 years old. I know very little about him or about what it was like to work in a sawmill. I could only imagine the heat, the shrill buzzing of the saws, and the smell of sawdust in the air.

While I learned a lot about the sawmill, that is not what I’m writing about today. I’m writing about staying young, informed and sharp. Education doesn’t have to cost $$$ thousands and all education is valuable. Education for education’s sake is worth more than the salary you earn as a result of all that studying. Therefore, I want to encourage all women over 40, no matter their profession, to continue learning now and well after retirement.

We are concerned with our looks, our health, where we will spend our twilight years and how much inheritance we will leave our children. Let part of that inheritance include a legacy of continuing education.

Here are some suggestions to get us started:

Stephen Savage, a great photography instructor.
Stephen Savage, a great photography instructor.

Photography lessons.

Local libraries have book clubs.

Photos by Stephen Savage
Photos by Stephen Savage

There are affordable art classes at local museums and craft stores.

Fairhope Art Center
Fairhope Art Center

Since Dancing With the Stars hit the screen, there are several dance studios that offer affordable classes.

Fairhope Roses
Fairhope Roses

Take up gardening.

Simon Island, GA Lighthouse
Simon Island, GA Lighthouse

While traveling, get as much info as possible before you reach your destination.

College campuses offer lecture series to the public on various topics.

Documentaries offer some true stories of history. offers this lecture series in Mobile for 2014 and there are several I’m excited about. Check it out if you are in the area.

Whether you live in Mobile, AL, England, Canada, France or Spain, if you know of something that might be beneficial for women, please leave a comment about what is going on in your town.

Hollyrood Palace
Holyrood Palace