A Bit of Vintage Spice

I can’t think of anything better than vintage enamel, a plant of stock and new chicken lights.

Enamel wear is one of my favorite pieces of history; it evolved in a time when people valued a good work ethic.  My grandma had a nice selection; she mainly used it for harvesting vegetables and soaking clothes that needed stains removed.

I collect enamel for planters. I only have a few but I can see this collection growing over time.  The bright white of enamel with a touch of color is the best.  It’s just so crisp and clean even if a little rust is appearing.

Are familiar with the flower stock? This is one of my favorites because it smells like spice and brings a smile to my life.  You may have seen them in a flower shop or received some as a gift?

I was at the nursery the other day, saw some plants and had to have one, I simply couldn’t resist.  The smell of this flower is so refreshing.

The first time I was introduced to stock was in floral school many years ago!  When I decided to become a florist going to school made sense because it was the only way I could figure out how to get a job in that field.

All the shops wanted experienced designers and my first thought was how do I get the experience?

I certainly wasn’t going to college to learn how to create with flowers because this was a low paying industry and a degree wouldn’t get me better pay.  If I wanted to own a shop then business classes would have been a smart add on.

Thankfully I found a school that specialized in the industry and it was a great experience.  Again not the best paying career but it was right up my alley.

One of the things I learned right off is that very few flowers carry a scent.  If you walk into a floral shop especially in the design room there is a scent. It’s the scent from the stems of the flowers.

The next time you go into a floral shop that wonderful scent it’s all the green.

The stock that I was introduced to was very different than the plant I purchased.  This one is a dwarf variety perfect for flower beds, not for cut flower use.

Stock also comes in assorted colors of purple, lavender, pink, yellow and peach.  My favorite was the lavender, pink and white varieties because they tended to last longer.

I haven’t decided if I’ll be planting stock this year, little tip its deer resistant so if you have friendly deer who enjoy visiting your garden you might want to plant it.

I’m hesitant on planting because it’s more of an early spring or fall flower in Texas, the severe heat we experience in the summer pretty much zaps the life from it.  I tend to stay away from short season flowers.

Finally we have my chicken solar lights.  I have two; the other one is tilted, looks like its eating.

A special friend sent them to me last month; it was an awesome surprise.  I currently have them sitting on the fire place mantle because I’m waiting to get my garden fence installed before I put them outdoors.

They’re so neat and the metal finish is outstanding.  I think I’m going to miss having them inside.  If you might want some new solar lights for your garden that are a little different you can find all kinds of fun gadgets at Smart Solar. 

There you go, a bit of spice, with a piece of yesterday and a walk down memory lane.  I would like to encourage you to do the same, who knows what you might discover.


  1. gentlejoy says:

    How fun………..and so nice to be thinking about plants and decorating. Thank you for sharing this. 🙂 Gentle Joy

    1. You're Welcome! Nice to have you stop by – I'd like to welcome you to follow – would be nice to have you here. -Carole

  2. A local thrift store had a big white enamelware pot similar to yours awhile back. It was rather expensive as they had it displayed in their 'antique' section and I really wanted it but passed it up…I should have gotten it ! 🙂

    1. That red one in the photo I paid $9 and the one beside it was $5. Those are pretty good prices, one came from a Flea market the other a antique store. Estate sales are a good place to find them. It's kind of hit or miss, I seen them up to the $20's though so keep hunting. I put them out front yesterday and they look awesome. I'll try and get a photo on Facebook this weekend. Thanks for stopping by hope you decide to follow. Carole

  3. Diann says:

    Very cute planters. I did a little potting theme one year in my yards and used old vintage red and yellow pyrex bowls. so fun!

    1. So glad you stopped by! I like to keep things fun and a little vintage around here. I put them outside the other day and they look awesome, really brightened up the front yard. -Carole

  4. Thanks for sharing on 104 Homestead Hop. I really love those photos and the vintage theme!

    1. Thanks! I enjoy going back in time I guess. Thanks for stopping by! -Carole

  5. Adorable planters! Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

    1. Glad you stopped by, That's a fun hop and I'm glad I found it. I really liked enamel wear brightens up the outdoors especially during these final days of winter. I'm so ready for spring! -Carole

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