As someone who never takes much in life terribly seriously, I love a bit of whimsy in the garden. The Harry Potter garden, the Star Wars irises in the bird bath garden. . . my list goes on. I also love a good joke (even though Im typically the only one who gets it). For instance, we had three torches on the patioyou know, the kind that has a little bottle of fuel in it and a big wick on the top? Well, these torches didnt seem to work that well in our yard, because its usually windy enough that they would just get blown out sooner or later. So I re-purposed them. . . filled them with dirt and planted flowers in them. I always plant celosiathe kind that sort of looks like flamebecause to me thats pretty amusing. (I know, I knowI am easily amused.)
I do like garden ornaments, whether whimsical or not, although I try not to go too overboard so that things dont start looking kind of junky. And I never use plastic. Metal or concrete are my favorite options. I bought this copper faucet a few years agoits got a little crystal hanging from the end of the faucet like a drop of water. It used to actually
have a glass rain gauge on the topI think that part broke during the first summer I had it. But I love it, so I keep it in the garden anyway.
Years ago I got an old coffeepot from my grandmothers thingsTrevor drilled a few holes in the bottom, and presto! I had the perfect planter to sit on top of the stove (in the stove garden, of course). I try to plant flowers that sort of look like theyre bubbling over
For my Fortieth birthday (I wont say how many years ago THAT was) I got a decorative garden rock that says At least youre not as old as this rock. That also sits in the stove garden, and I get a kick out of it every time I see it. (Then again, as I mentioned, I am easily amused.)
You can see Bob perched in the background here in his garden behind the garage.
And in this photo is Percival the Peacocka birthday gift from my husband (who knows just what I likeprobably because I called him from Target the minute I laid eyes on Percy and told him thats what I wanted for my birthday). My gardens may be starting to look like a menagerie, but I enjoy all of the little guys Ive got hanging around here and there. I think they help me from taking myself or my gardening too seriously.