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Category: Zuzu's Bloomin' Blog | Posted: Sat May 05, 2007 2:58 am

Or perhaps I should say over decorated?

Browsing through some of the photos that I've taken over the last few days,
I noticed that almost everywhere I'd turned my lens
there was some sort of . . . . . . object, for lack of a better word.

This realization made me scan back through some older pictures,
and yep, there they were, in nearly every shot,
a whatsis here, a thing-a-me there,
. . . things . . . lots and lots of things.
Things standing amidst the flowers and along the pathways,
things in the pond and hanging from the branches of trees.

Some of these ornaments were designed for gardens,
I have concrete benches, tables, planters and pedestals,
birdbaths and creatures of all descriptions
tucked and nestled wherever you look.
Terracotta and glazed ceramic pots are another favorite.
Cobalt blue glaze is, apparently, an irresistible temptation to me.

Other items were never meant to be displayed this way,
many of them are, in fact, cast-offs . . . . .
other people's garbage, to be exact.
Rusted, broken, unloved and disused, found in fields and trash piles.
Nothing is too low or humble, old bits of farm machinery,
even empty glass bottles are prized ornaments.

Now, to be fair, this next one isn't in my garden,
but I grabbed a snap, because I thought it was so charming,
. . . so how long will it be before I find a cute yard sale chair
and go in search of a can of the "perfect" red paint?

And this is one that Mother Nature saw fit to throw in
I can't be held accountable.

There are dozens and dozens more,
perhaps hundreds, I've never counted.

Would anyone care to stop by and do an inventory for me?

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toni wrote on Sat May 05, 2007 3:06 am:

If I help you inventory your garden art you might wind up with less than you thought you had. I saw a couple of things I would be sorely tempted to relieve you of. : )


cajunbelle wrote on Sat May 05, 2007 3:32 am:

Lovely as always ZuZu, we share a passion for cobalt blue glazed pots. Hey WalMart has some nice lightweight cobalt pots that look like the real thing.


glendann wrote on Sat May 05, 2007 8:54 am:

Zuzu you have a gorgeous garden and all your glass is wonderful.


bethie wrote on Sat May 05, 2007 11:10 am:

Me thinks she does protest too much. Very beautiful. I would be glad to help you out. We'll bring the truck and do the inventory at My house. OOPS-did I forget to give you the address?


Gardenstew wrote on Sat May 05, 2007 11:32 am:

Everything looks so beautiful and ... colourful *gasps*. I really like the fiddlin' frogs. How did you build the blue bottle wire structure?

I'll do an inventory Zuzu when I very soon move into my new gnome home at your place. How is that coming along by the way?!


Netty wrote on Sat May 05, 2007 12:21 pm:

Beautiful Zuzu! I love that Cobalt blue glaze too and I'd fill my yard with it if it weren't so expensive! I love those musical frogs and that red chair is nice. It all looks really nice!

Melissa wrote on Sun May 06, 2007 3:43 am:

i love the two guys you have hanging on the gate. what are they called and do you know where i could maybe find some like yours?

aloes wrote on Sun May 06, 2007 7:21 am:

agghhh so green! everywhere plants just growing. Like a fairy tale to me. Those thingies you have tickle the imagination. It is exciting just to see the photos. I like the gate most.

aloes wrote on Sun May 06, 2007 7:27 am:

As to the comment from Melissa. I saw a site where the trees are decorated with faces like that. The faces were in shades of brown to fit the trees. It looked lovely - something for you Zuzu - and it was for sale. No idea what site, but a search should get you there.


zuzu's petals wrote on Sun May 06, 2007 5:02 pm:

Thanks everyone, you are all very kind,
and no one used the word "tacky",
:-) I really appreciate that.

Melissa ~ the guys on the gate are
some cast concrete representations
of the Green Man,
I will send you a PM with more information.

Frank ~ an inventory done from
a gnome's perspective might be just the thing!

I need to prepare a post giving an update
on the progress in re the gnome-o-cile.
There is, at long last, some progress to report.
I will get to that later this week.

I will also prepare a post about our blue bottle bird feeders,
I thought I had done that some time ago,
but apparently not.


Polly wrote on Mon May 07, 2007 1:34 am:

I see nothing "tacky" about it. Actually my own gardens are starting to look similar.


gardengreenie wrote on Tue May 08, 2007 1:39 pm:

I can't wait until I have a garden like yours.


Gardenstew wrote on Tue May 08, 2007 10:38 pm:

>>> I need to prepare a post giving an update
on the progress in re the gnome-o-cile. <<<

Cannot wait! >-D

aloes wrote on Sun May 13, 2007 8:19 am:

So many details I missed, I enjoyed the return trip. My favourite remains that gate going into wonderland.

miss_olmstead wrote on Tue May 22, 2007 10:19 pm:

Your garden is beautiful,Your love of flowers shows.

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