I've had a wonderful old Victorian bath tub stored beside my house for about 10 years - with good intentions to one day refinish and use it in a new - old house. I'm not so sure my neighbours liked it tucked behind my retaining wall since he came over one day and asked if I was going to sell it. Over the years, my neighbour has slowly but surley made what we call a "dump" at the side of his house. It includes kids riding cars, bicycle tires, cement, milk jugs, piles of wood, an old clothes line pole, trampoline pieces, bricks - you get the idea. So in an effort to lead by example I decided to do something creative with my tub. I searched the internet and got a few good ideas and with that decided to put the tub just outside of my sewing room next to the house. I placed it so that when you go into the back yard you don't see it right away - you only see it if your out in the yard looking toward the house.
We leveled the tub on bricks with a slight slant to made sure it could drain. Then filled it with rock first, then a mixture of rock and dirt, and finally topsoil. I planted some pink flowers and yellow marigolds. My mom came up with the great idea of having two clematis' growing out over the end. I'll post a picture of them soon. All is all, I think it looks too cute! A few weeks after the tub was moved and displayed - the guy with the dump next store started to haul away his junk.