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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Vintage Chambers Range + Red Maple Sapling

I toured a smaller country colonial home yesterday that was a few streets over from me and loved the vintage Chambers range in the kitchen. It featured a well used griddle and two ovens. The last one I saw in a local home was ripped out when the house was demolished and probably ended up in the landfill. Boo hoo, but I have to confess it was not nearly as pristine as this one.
There was a nice size Japanese red maple seedling growing in the front pachysandra bed at this house and the listing realtor said I could have it. I couldn't pull it up but went back later with my gardening tools and dug it up. It is already thriving in my back yard near one of my bird baths. I am such a scavenger and I am always looking for something to transplant. The pachysandra roots had a stronghold on this little tree and it was much too close to the house to be allowed to grow in place. Lucky me. Now a little red tree has found true love and a new home.

I had a request to post a photo of the sapling so its growth can be recorded over the years. I have to be careful where I plant things with deep roots because my septic system is in my backyard. I need to scrub the birdbath and remove the algae buildup so the birds will be happy. We had rain overnight but I think it will stop around noon and just be an overcast day. 
Isn't this little tree a beauty? My grandmother, the master gardener, always said to put a fifty cent plant in a ten dollar hole and I followed her advice when planting this free tree. I can tell it's happy the way it sways in a gentle breeze.

14 comments:

Mama Pea said...

Oh, I would take that kitchen stove in a nano-second. (I'd even be willing to pay for it!) What a lucky gal you are to have been given the opportunity to take that lovely maple tree home. You were in the right place at the right time!

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

What a beauty!

Gail, northern California said...

Springtime house tours, a recent one in Healdsburg, CA. We've started to notice a startling trend. I guess it's understandable. Wealthy people are buying beautiful old Victorian homes. They retain the original wood floors, ceiling moldings, and some leaded glass to be used for cabinets or bookcases, but the rest of the house is gutted and modernized with the latest kitchen appliances and tile work, both in the kitchen and bathrooms. It's as though the same designer was used and he/she was a major shareholder in Restoration Hardware...they all looked the same...even the same grey interior paint with white trim.

Content in a Cottage said...

Gail, northern California -- Gail -- I have a friend who went on a house tour last year and she told me exactly the same thing you are telling me. All the houses looked the same once you got inside. Even down to the grey paint with white trim. I am glad I was never a follower and always had my own taste and never had new furniture, only antiques or vintage.
Your comment made me chuckle. Thanks!
xo, Rosemary

Content in a Cottage said...

Carrie @ Cozy Cottage -- Carrie---I'm glad you like that range. The classics never go out of style.
xo, Rosemary

Content in a Cottage said...

Mama Pea -- Maybe you will run across a vintage Chambers range one day and get to bring it home. That house has been on the market for several weeks but this is the first time I had seen it. Lots and lots of other realtors walked past that red maple sapling and never asked if they could pull it up and take it home. I am so glad I asked for it and was granted permission. Things like that make me very happy.
xo, Rosemary

Mary-Jo said...

The Chambers stove brings back such wonderful memories for me. This was the stove my mother used every day for a million years. And oh, the wonderful epicurean delights she made on and in that thing! It finally had to be replaced and when the workmen took it away, my sobbed. She never felt the same about her new oven -- ever. And for years lamented her loss.

SuSu said...

Rosemary - please take photos of that sapling so we can all follow its growth! Those of us with no garden area are green with jealousy! S

kathiquilts said...

just love that lovely old appliance -- hoping we get to see a picture of your new red maple at some point (?).

Penelope Bianchi said...

Lucky tree, lucky you, and I hope lucky stove! Check back and see if they will toss that stove. It is divine!

Content in a Cottage said...

SuSu -- I added a photo of the little tree to this post so you can follow its growth.
xo, Rosemary

Vickie H. said...

You always have the best posts! Love the range and love your re-homing of the little foundling. We love our Japanese Maples around here!

JudyMac said...

Will look forward to following the growth of the little maple. What a nice gift to you! No rain in sight here at least until early next week, so I’m watering already. With the temp still in the low 90’s, it will probably be like a sauna. Arrrgh! :-)

Content in a Cottage said...

JudyMac -- Judy, We had one day in the 80s and it was humid and awful. Then it went back to the 70s which I love. We are still getting pop up thunder showers most days and rain at night. The gardens and the grass are loving it. I water my seedlings every day even if we have rain. I have 15 nasturtiums coming up from seeds and they are getting their second set of leaves. It's so much fun to watch them grow.
Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and try to stay cool.
xo, Rosemary