Monday, February 20, 2012

Old Garden Tools...

I am a keeper... well, I don't mean me... although I do hope Jack thinks so... I kinda think he does after 35 years together... anyway, I meant I am a keeper of things... I have always taken really good care of anything I own, and so does Jack... we don't buy new things just to buy them if the old ones are still working... (***disclaimer here!... purses are the exception!)... so I was amused to read in my newest copy of "Flea Market Gardens" magazine that one of the hottest new collectibles is vintage garden hose nozzles... I had to laugh to myself... I never thought of my hose nozzles as collectibles before... they are just my old nozzles... had them for years... use them all the time when I am watering... they are the only nozzles I own... we are strictly on untreated irrigation water for gardens here in my little town so the tips get a bit of a buildup on them... I like how they look... it tells me how hard they have worked over the years... I would never part with them...

Here is the article from "Flea Market Gardens"... it says that most collectible nozzles are still in working condition... I can attest to that!... it also said most were made out of heavy brass and either made in Europe or the USA... mine are really heavy brass... and made in the good old US of A...

The only difference is, mine will not be on display on a shelf like in the magazine... mine will be out on a hose in my gardens... I posted previously that I water all of my gardens by hand... there is a certain feeling of serenity that comes with leisurely watering my gardens... the old~fashioned way... not with a sprinkler system... my "sprinkler system" is the old silver sprinkler in the front of the nozzles...

My garden claws and trowels and such are all old too... mostly metal with wooden handles... here are just a few of my favorites...

Working their little hearts out in my gardens... year after year... we have spent many a Summers day together over the years...

And I love that they were made in the USA...

That still means alot to me... xoxo...


  1. And isn't it great that they are so well built and have served you well and will last a long time still? Not like plastic. We have no irrigation system either and totally do it old school. hugs, Olive

  2. Hey those are still my favorite nozzles. The newer ones just aren't as good and I only have one old one left. I love that thing.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  3. I think YOU are a keeper too Julie Marie. I love collecting old gardening tools as they are quite useful too. Hang on to your old tools. They don't make things the way they used to.


  4. Thats the thing about stuff that was made way back when it all is built to last not like the plastic junk they make now ! I have some of my mums garden tools that are old and I love them ! Have a wonderful day ! P.S I cant wait to get out and get my hands in my gardens !

  5. I am in total agreement...I LOVE it when I can buy things made the grand USA! I have the same nozzels as you and love them and use them often. They are the best!

    P.S. YOU are a keeper. :)

  6. Gorgeous! I miss the old brass hose nozzles, wish I had a few of my own...


  7. I never would have thought to keep old garden tools around...not like your nozzles, but like the old galvanized buckets and watering cans. We must all love those connections to the past!


  8. I'm getting pretty antsy to start using my nozzles Julie Marie. I am getting restless to be out in the garden and I am sure you feel the same way.
    hugs from here...

  9. Hi Julie,
    I love these old nozzles and grew up with the exact ones you share. Sadly I do not have one now, but would love to find one. I feel they still water the best and very dependable. Today they are all plastic!!
    I love to water my flowers by hand too. Even with a sprinkler system, I walk around each day and take my quiet time to water and relax.

    Lovely post my friend and yes, you certainly are a keeper!!

    Been very busy here and fighting several days of migraines. I am better now.
    Have a great week.
    Much Love, Celestina Marie

  10. I love old garden stuff. My gramma use to have the most amazing things. I still remember her sprinker to this day. Want to know where my Mr. goes when we visit estate sales? Yep...the garage and patio to view their garden things!



  11. Your old garden tools are great. I have an old rake in my garage, that was left by the previous owner. It actually has wooden "teeth" on it. For me, it is a keeper too.

  12. I am embarrassed to say this, but I have never seen metal nozzles like these. That may be because I am not a garden person??? I LOVE the looks of them! You have quite a collection going on. I have never seen a sprinkler like that either. I will be on the look out while out junkin, and maybe I can find some. Give Tessy a sloppy sugar from us please?

  13. Hello Julie~ I love old garden tools too. I must find where to get some. :D I can't wait to get my hands into the dirt and garden!
    I must confess, I purposely seek out American made products, and these days that seems to be the really old stuff. Which is fine with me-We love antique things around here!!

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  15. Love your vintage garden tools and nozzels ... and I LOVE the fact that you USE them and find joy in doing so ... that is SO much better than looking at them on a display shelf ; )

    happy water my friend!


  16. Hi Julie Marie,
    I think it's wonderful that people see the beauty in these old pieces and that they like to collect and display them. And I love that you take really good care of yours and appreciate all the help they have been to you and your garden and all the use you have gotten out of them. You know, I just remembered something... I have seen them used as placement card holders before too...I think they are just beautiful. Hope you are doing well my dear friend.

    Much love,

  17. Hi Julie Marie, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  18. Hi Dear Julie Marie....I so love to see all of your truly are a "keeper of found objects with a story".

    BTW.....I have the same hose nozzles and I mounted mine on a sign that said BATH.....I USE THEM TO HANG BATH TOWELS.


  19. Such a heartening post to know that someone else uses the old, time worn, and much loved tools used by their forebears. In today's throwaway culture, these tools not only connect us to those who have gone before, but help save the enviroment too! And I do think you are a keeper, Julie Marie!
    Hugs to you from Across the Pond!

  20. Beautiful, Julie Marie...I'm a keeper, too, as you know! The old things--the Made in the U.S.A. things--are always the most precious to me...glad you feel the same way!

    Thank-you for the early inspiration to get out in the garden once is so beautiful...the garden is definitely calling to me...

    Wishing you a beautiful day, dear friend!


  21. Hi Julie!
    I think your old garden implements are the best, they've certainly out lasted any modern stuff. I can just see you out there working in your beautiful garden surrounded by flowers and animals and the sun warming your back.
    Big hugs my dear,

  22. Isn't it great to still be getting use out of your gardening tools. They definitely don't make them the way they used to.

  23. Hi Julie,
    Stopping back by to say hello. Love viewing the old hose nozzles again. I really must search for one.
    Thank you for stopping by and your sweet comment. Have a wonderful evening.
    Sending hugs to you and Tessy.
    XOXO Celestina Marie