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Re-purposed beautiful architectural salvage!

On our road trip through the Midwest, we stopped at the Walnut Flea Market in Iowa and found great examples of creating something new from some of these great pieces that were once part of Victorian farm houses!

We even bought a cool zinc-coated cupola (they call them witch's hats) for use as garden art. This is what the witch’s hat cupolas looks like, this one is on a barn in Wyoming. They are kind of scarce because they get blown off by tornadoes in the Midwest.

What a find! A Victorian garden gate from Wichita, Kansas. It has extra hand-wrought iron at each junction, and is so heavy it took two people to move it. I hope we don’t overload the van…the trailer is already full!

North of Des Moines we picked through hoarder’s barns like you see on TV. This is such fun! Almost as fun as picking in Provence, France (which we are doing this September….we still have room for a few people to join us. Contact us for details, 530-275-4451)

Heat-resistant plants we have now

Lewisia 'Sunset Strain'  Gorgeous perennial jewel of the Pacific Northwest is extremely hardy, long blooming and low maintenance. Blooms May to September in sunset colors (apricot, tangerine, yellow) Lewisia benefits from some dryness, plant them in a clay pot with some gravel added, in the cracks of a rock wall or enjoy them in a well-drained rock garden.

This an Echium, called "Red Feathers".....Come to the Cottage to get this great summer bloomer! 
Another Echium, Blue Steeple. Electric blue-purple spires up to 12' tall! Generally blooms in spring of the second or third year. Rising up from the seemingly innocuous foliage, the florescence acts as a massive floral beacon for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds. 
Cordyline Renegade has glossy, chocolate-colored leaves. This super drought-tolerant plant is perfect for adding color & texture to almost any garden. Grows 2-3’ high & wide with long, broad, arching leaves emerging grass-like from a central trunk that can reach up to 2’ high over time. In Winter, small fragrant creamy lavender blooms emerge on an airy, multi-branching flower spike.

 And last but not least, Lepechinia hastata: Heat & drought tolerant, evergreen & amazingly hardy (to 0°F), this unusual & easy to grow Salvia relative puts on a stunning display August-October. Plentiful, showy, 12” upright open spikes of deep magenta-rose create a cloud of bloom 3’ across above silvery, mint-scented, ground-covering foliage. Hummingbird favorite! Happy in poor soil with good drainage. It prefers full sun but can take a bit of shade.

New finds from our picking adventures

  Our first find was this cool spindle railing from a Victorian home in Illinois.  We are bringing home enough pieces to make 40+ ft in length.

How about this little gem?

Our best pick yesterday: A super cool antique storm cellar door from an old farm in northern Missouri.  Imagine if it could talk!

Garden Delights!

Trachelium 'Hammer Pandora' 
Butterflies love to nectar sip from umbels & purple is said to be their favorite color. Here we have both! Blooming Summer to Fall (with dead-heading), these butterfly sweet-shops are held atop branching stems and gorgeous, darkest purple-black foliage. Wonderful in a corner or mid to back of border. Rich, shiny foliage is densely borne making a compact bush up to 3' tall by 3' wide. It loves partial shade and it's SNAIL PROOF!

These succulents are plastic (but you'd have to look to tell) and they hold up to the hot sun wonderfully. 
We have several varieties on sale now.

Some eye-candy!

This beautiful tufted chair is at home in any style of decor, a show-stopper!

Another amazing piece ready to decorate your garden with.

Beautiful European Antiques

We are delighted to have found some new wonderful pieces for you to take home. The French antique walnut night stand with a marble top has incredible carvings.  The antique Italian putti (cherub) is both gilded and silvered. The painted wall plaque in the background was used in a photo studio.

These arbors are great for visual impact in your garden, and they're easily re-positioned.

Check out these wonderful pieces...

This clock came from San Fransisco, the kitty is one our rusty garden stakes

This unique ensemble is a collection of lovely architectural salvage. Come by the shop and let your imagination be inspired by the wide assortment of salvaged pieces.

Community Yard Sale

This weekend, our shop and the shop next door will join the annual Windsor Estates Community Yard Sale. Give-away prices, and really special deals on the stuff you love.

Last day for great savings!

Our Memorial Day Sale wraps up today, with lots of garden items, some marked down 20%!


This Industrial cart once hauled barrels it's a Coffee table with personality as well as function.

Don't forget, our Memorial Day sale, Sat - Mon.
Next door mall's auction Fri - Sun

Memorial Day gift ideas

We have a large selection of suitable gifts to honor  your special veteran...

20% off selected items all weekend, and another sale at the shop next door, so come on out and find a one-of-a-kind treasure!

Beat the heat, more plants to put in

An EASY TO GROW, outrageously cool pollinator party plant for the dry garden.  Mid-Summer to Fall blooms are much loved by bees & butterflies & make different, fun cut flowers too – fresh or dried!  Heat, poor soil, & drought tolerant but prettier with occasional Summer water.

Anchusa Azurea Alkanet...
You could drive a truck over this long-lived awesome perennial without doing more harm than breaking a few branches. Tough as nails & long-lived, it’s heat & drought tolerant, deer & snail resistant. Want more? Okay, lots of bright truest royal blue “Forget-Me-Not” flowers display for months on sturdy multi-branching stems.

Great plants to put in now!

This new shorter-statured "Butterfly Bush" only gets 5-6' tall and is much easier to place in most gardens than the larger varieties.  Want humming birds and butterflies in your garden?  This is a favorite of theirs and it has a long blooming time (June to October) It can take our low water restrictions in California; and deer leave it alone.

Looking for a good home, while happily blooming in the Cottage Garden, this extremely hardy, long-blooming and low-maintenance jewel doesn't ask for much other than good drainage.  They actually benefit from some dryness....and oh yes, deer don't like them!

Be prepared for clouds of exquisite, eye-catching, scarlet-red flowers! “Pineapple sage” blooms late in the Summer thru Fall providing a nectar oasis for hummingbirds!  We humans can enjoy the sight & a sweet ripe pineapple scent (& taste!) from the crisp, yellow-green leaves.  This is another deer-resistant and low-water plant.

Mother's Day event!

Missed the oil-tasting and art party? we have a selection Bocabella's products for sale at the Cottage... Both their silver-award oil, and their gold-award oil in gift packs. 

We also have a great oil and lavender body salt-scrub from Boccabella. These and other items we carry make great Mother's Day gifts! And on Sunday, we will be celebrating Moms with tea and complimentary flowers, so bring Mom in for some pampering!
Tomorrow, Saturday, April 23....ART & OLIVE OIL at Antique Cottage & Garden!

Come see Eric Nanson's amazing Macro Photography show from 10 to 4. 

Not only are his photos delightful, but he has invented frames from found metal items that are one of a kind!  You will want to take something he has created home with you!

Taste award winning Olive Oil from Boccabella Farms from 1-3:30 pm. 

 The owner of the business, Johnny, traded a life of success as a chef in SF to buying & tending an olive grove. The first olive crush happened last year and already they have won a Silver for their Extra Virgin Olive Oil  (you know most of the grocery store kinds are not real don't you?)  Johnny will be serving some tasty bite sized morsels with the olive oil and selling his beautifully packaged Oil. 


We are also serving lavender shortbread cookies prepared by Lindsay Johnson of Lindsay's Home-baked Goods and Confection.

Plus all Cottage inventory is 15% off!!

New finds from our travels

We found a treasure in Oregon.  A lovely antique French arched window with 4 working shutters.  It will be going to Roses & Rust next weekend (unless it gets sold before!)


Another find from France.

This awesome garden gate could be used in many different ways.
I'm thinking a wall hanging above a desk.