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Billie’s Rustic and Romantic Country Garden

Meeting Bill Hayman

Now and then, we at Flea Market Gardening host a virtual garden tour. This gives our folks, all over, the chance to show off the blooms in their gardens no matter what season! This time we visit Billie Hayman in her Louisiana garden.

Billie's French doors painted a rosy terracotta color

Billie’s French doors painted a rosy terracotta color. C’mon in!

Billie says, “I live in Greensburg, Louisiana, which is north of Baton Rouge. We moved here four years ago, only three years in the house, stayed in a camper a while! I have always been interested in gardening but when my husband got ill, I had to quit work and I went crazy!! Ha! I took out some savings and started in on gardening.

A true Flea Market Garden vignette

A true Flea Market Garden vignette

I feel like my grounds and the house are my canvas on which I can paint and rearrange to my heart’s content.

Dreamy garden archway

Dreamy garden archway

My parents had old picket fence boards that they had not used and I started with those to create the raised bed cottage garden in the back. Then I started looking for a potting shed.

Fantastic overview of Billie's fenced garden

Fantastic overview of Billie’s upcycled fenced garden

I am not a patient woman, which is not always good if you’re a gardener! I found a shed kit half-price online and my husband put it together for me and then added the lean-to.

Billie's shed from a kit now holds her personality

Billie’s shed from a kit now holds her personality

Welcome to the porch!

Welcome to the porch!

Billie's rustic potting table

Billie’s rustic potting table

As for as my style and why I like vintage, I get that from my Mom who is a pure rustic girl. I like to mix my style up with a feminine flare.

Finding your Garden Style

Billie’s tip:

”I tell people who do not know what their style is to look at magazines and such and you will start noticing things that catch your eye every time, then your style will come through. I always like to get inspired by something, but put your own twist to it and make it your own.”

Billie's style

Billie’s style

Bee happy!

Bee happy!

Brick walks edge the recycled picket fenced garden.

Brick walks edge the recycled picket fenced garden

I love recycling because it is so fun to see something used in a different way than it was intended, kind of makes you look smart!

Finally,… to me, gardening is a spiritual experience and I feel very connected to my creator when I am gardening,…plus it keeps me in shape!

Zinnias!

Zinnias!

An awesome antique candelabra frames some rose moss.

An awesome antique candelabra frames some rose moss

Thank you, Billie for allowing us into your beautiful garden!

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