If you look out the back door of the antique store, you see this quaint little garden surrounded by buildings.
I think old bricks make the best back drop for gardens. (Don't forget about my brick moving party btw) I love the way they used old tiles and chimney pots as planters and bird feeder stands. And the water feature in the middle is an added bonus in a garden.
Sorry about the quality of the pictures. We couldn't go in this garden, we were looking at it through a door.
Comfy benches to SIT ON add a nice touch.
Notice in the right hand corner, they used large pots, turned them upside down, and sat the smaller pots on top of the larger ones. It gives height to the garden, you can see the smaller plants behind the larger ones, and it give the illusion of the plant being bigger than what it is. (Do I sound like a garden tour guide? I made that all up by myself!)
Then we went to a candy store. They called it a Dime Store,
but they specialized in giant jelly beans,
and old-fashioned candies.
If you are around my age, 52, you'll remember these candies as kids.
Funny how things change so gradually that you don't even realize they're gone
until you see them in an old-fashioned candy store. I had to buy some of this gum.
I used to chew it all the time as a kid. Then use the pouch for something else when I was done with the gum. That's probably when my fiber (yarn, material) addiction actually started!
This part of the country is known as Amish Country and one of the garden tours they are known for is their quilt garden tour.
The dime store had a jelly bean quilt hanging on the wall.
We were not on the actual quilt garden tour, but since we were on a garden trip, we did get to see a few of the quilt gardens. I took this picture through the bus window because it looks more like a quilt when you are up higher looking down on it. The plants will fill out in another month and I'm sure it will look beautiful. There are 18 quilt gardens in the area.
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And just fyi...this place is going to be sold at auction, in case you were looking for a new house. It used to be their farmers market barn.
I hope you enjoyed the first stop on our tour.