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Old 11-27-2008, 05:08 AM   #1
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Default What kind of garden art do you use and when is it too much?

I consider fences, arbors, trellises, and birdbaths garden art. Walkways and edgings also greatly enhance and decorate the garden. Since they all have a function they are easy to place successfully, but the rest of the "stuff" that we use to decorate, where, what and how much do you use if any?

I have a few "things" that I move around that are fun but not not always in the best taste shall we say. There is a family (3 birds) of quail made of metal with a verdigris surface that pop up in different parts of the garden, in potted plants , on poles or platforms, frequently with faux nests and accompanied by a group of lovely rock eggs.

Then there was the family of topiary dancing girls holding "garland" hands along the driveway when the ivy from my neighbors yard got out of control.
Eventually the ivy was brought under control and the "girls"disappeared.

Anyone esle have favorite or fun garden art pieces?
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Old 11-27-2008, 11:51 PM   #2
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I consider fences, arbors, trellises, and birdbaths garden art.
Me too. I am particularly fond of birdbaths and will admit to being a birdbath junkie.
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Old 11-29-2008, 07:44 AM   #3
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Well Lorax, it sounds delightfully over the top. If you actually are going to have too many of anything you just have to really go for it and make a big statement.
Any photos of your menagerie?

Here is an over the top area in my garden. It's the tiny vegetable,herb native plant and grapevine section of the garden. Already I'm in trouble with the many types of plants I'm fitting in. Add arbors, fencing, rocks, pine needle paths,and black metal forms and accents, I'm really in trouble here. Oh, and that verdigris quail is here today too. LOL
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Old 11-29-2008, 09:50 AM   #4
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Let me know what you would like photos of and I will try to take them.
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Old 11-29-2008, 09:56 AM   #5
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http://www.smithandhawken.com/catalo...ryId=cat120251

I have a pair of 'rusty rabbits' from
Smith and Hawken made from salvaged iron from the London Bridge. I named my place 'Rabbit Hill' and there are a lot of wild rabbits as well as my iron and stone ones.

Above are the Smith and Hawken cranes Ive had my eye on for a while.
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Old 11-29-2008, 12:10 PM   #6
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hazelnut, those are much classier than what my property warrants.

Here is my evil toad.
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Old 11-29-2008, 12:19 PM   #7
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A sampling of St Francis.
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Old 11-29-2008, 12:20 PM   #8
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Don't have any "garden art" per se. But I've seen some wicked cool/tacky stuff....

an upended bathtub serving as a grotto for a statue of the BVM
an old, pink toilet with the bowl and tank planted with flowers.
this weird kind of unsettling planter that's a pair of child's jeans filled with dirt and planted
bottle trees
Old box springs used as trellises

Oh, and decorated bowling balls, some of which are quite beautiful.

I do have some nice, and I believe antique cast iron planters from a gone out of business nursery. And some copper cat-tails that are also wind chimes.
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Old 11-29-2008, 12:42 PM   #9
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I would love to see a photo of your copper cattails that are wind chimes. I have seen upended bathtubs housing religious figures and I must reserve comment on them. I know where one is and if I remember I will try to take a picture of it. I do have a picture of planted workboots that was interesting. I will try to find that.

We like birdfeeders also. The more the merrier.

Here are a few more photos of our garden art if you would like to refer to it as such.
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Old 11-29-2008, 12:49 PM   #10
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This object d'art competes with the evil toad. It was a gift.
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