Friday, May 01, 2009

Vintage Gardening Inspiration


Best ever kitchen garden inspiration comes from the Betty Crocker Kitchen Gardens book illustrated by Tasha Tudor. Makes me want to get my rows in order!

I've also been enjoying a book about courtyards. My house is a C-shape, north and south wings coming off the main part of the building, so I have a courtyard area. I've been so inspired by gorgeous photos to treat it as such, so I'll need a water feature. Does a crusty birdbath count?

24 comments:

Joy said...

I am sure you could make even a crusty birdbath look great as a starter for the courtyard! It would have character already.

Joy said...

Also forgot to say how much I love Tasha Tudor illustrations.
Joy

Tracy said...

A birdbath with character would look lovely in the middle of a lazily structured English cottage garden, I think.

Kimmie said...

Hmmm, surely!

;-)

Kimmie
mama to 7
one homemade and 6 adopted

good_to_be_home said...

I'm trying hard not to covet your book!!!! I love Tasha Tudor!

Lora said...

Tasha Tudor is one of my favorites.

Katya said...

One of my favorite gardening books for inspiration too. :) Mama lets me borrow it. ~'::

Lisateresa said...

Yes, I'm another BIG Tasha Tudor fan. What great things you could do in a courtyard!

Donna said...

I was fortunate enough to find this lovely book at a yard sale for 25 cents once.

Very Verdant said...

Sounds beautiful. Crusty ol birdbath? Sounds like a great starting point!

Linda said...

Yes, a crusty birdbath counts!! All the sweet little birds who come to drink and bathe will be all the decoration it needs!
I love Tasha Tudor - that book is a real treasure.

Debbie @ Cheaper by the Bakers Dozen said...

a crusty bird bath is the best kind!
surround it with some kind of crawling, flowering plant and it will look like Tasha inspired it herself!

debbie bailey said...

I have that book and just love it. Tasha Tudor is a favorite of mine. Thanks for reminding me of it. I'll have to dust it off and look at it again.

Kristen said...
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Kristen said...

Tasha Tudor is one of my all-time favorite illustrators! (I just found your blog...I love it!)
=]

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Of course it would! It would have such character! I also love Tasha Tudor's lovely illustrations!

Wendy said...

I love the Mary Mason Campbell/Tasha books -- The Butt'ry Shelf Almanac
is great too.

Kristen said...

I will have to check out this book. I enjoy reading your blog!

Hannah said...

That book sounds so lovely.

Heather said...

The crusty birdbath might just be a keeper - but there is nothing like the sound of moving water - if it isn't drowned out by an interstate too close for comfort! I saw wonderful birdbaths tonight with large spherical centers in delicious pottery hues of jade, cobalt and umber - the water burbled up through the sphere and splashed quietly down the smooth sides of the orb and into a simple bird bath - understated elegance for only $300 or so! I'm sure you'll pull together something with snippets of 'this' and thrifted 'that' - and a re-circulating water pump isn't costly! Have fun planning your courtyard!

sara said...

I know that book! Oy, it's lovely...

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this posting. Even though I am a devoted Tasha Tudor fan, I had never heard of this particular book. I promptly located a copy on ebay and bought it. It just arrived and I am eagerly pouring through it. We recently moved from California to New Hampshire, and we're planning our first kitchen garden on the east coast, so this book is just the inspiration I needed! Thanks so much!

Goodwife H.

Dianne said...

Can you tell us what kind of camera you use and start a photography catgory?? smile

Love your blog!

Anonymous said...

Hoping to see a Crusty Birdbath post this coming spring. And perhaps a courtyard post as well?

I have fond memories of the horseshoe-shaped home that my grandfather liked so much that he built another home using the same floor plan when he moved from California to New Mexico. Courtyards are so very charming.

Birdy

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