When I was out thrifting the other day I ran across a wooden ladder and all of a sudden a light bulb went off in my head. I NEED a wooden ladder in my garden. Now.
Not to climb up to the top of the tree and pick some apples, THAT would be silly. No, to decorate my garden with.
Garden art, if you will.
Bear in mind I had no intention, thought, dream or inkling about a ladder in my garden until the skies opened up at the thrift store and shone a bright Heavenly light on the ladder.
And then . . . that was ALL I could think about.
Now, my only problem is whether to paint it or not.
Originally I thought of keeping it au-natural. Nakedness never hurt anyone.
But then thought a punch of color might be appropriate for the garden.
Mary at Home Is Where The Boat Is has a GORGEOUS green one (to go with her GORGEOUS potting shed).
Barb at Our Fairfield Home & Garden not only painted these, but grouped them together into a bird loving piece of art.
On the non-painted side of the gardening fence, Pamela at Flower Patch Farmhouse left this ladder in its natural rustic state which I'm equally crushing on. I'm a sucker for naturally weathered wood.
And Carlene, the Queen of junk gardening, at Organized Clutter uses hers to display her unique planters.
And, although it's not technically "in" the garden, I could hang my wooden ladder like Beth at Unskinny Boppy did on her patio. That might look pretty darn cool hanging above my dining table on a starry summer night.
So what are your thoughts?
Naked and natural?
Or painted and perky?
Update: I painted it AND stuck a dollhouse/birdhouse on it!!!
Some related DIY Gardening posts you may enjoy:
Repurposing A Toy Truck Into A Planter - one rusty toy truck found at a garage sale started the whole thing
Vintage Snack Set Bird Feeder - finally something to do with all those old glass snack sets you practically trip over at the thrift stores
DIY Tomato Cage Bottle Tree- if you always wanted a Southern bottle tree, but didn't want to pay big bucks to buy one