Friday, July 25, 2008

A Bit of Whimsy

Yes, whimsy has a role in my garden and is incorporated in many ways. I like the cheerful glow of gazing balls in my shaded garden. They capture light and reflect the surrounding green and gives all a mysterious glow.

Most of my whimsy has a story to relate. This bear for example caused quite a stir in our world when it was featured in the local newspaper in an article relating to our garden. A lady saw it and wanted to come to our garden to see it in person. She tracked us down then came by. She was so taken with it she called the nursery where I bought it and ordered herself one. She was quite the character herself and loved gardening. Whether you love or hate gazing balls you have to admit that they bring light into dark corners. Behind this golden ball that my daughter gave me years ago you can see the wheel of a larger bit of whimsy. You can go here to read about Pedro and his cage.
I have them from the large to the small. I can never decide what color I like best so I have several colors. A lot of my whimsy has to do with the nature that I like to invite into my garden. Although I plant to attract all critters I have yet to see a lizard in my garden. So I have a couple of them that have been well documented here.
If you have read my blog for some time you will know that I live on a small city lot and our city ordinances don't allow chickens. Booooo says I, Yayyy says my DB. So the closest I will probably ever get to having chickens is this Hen on a nest.She does get around the garden and lays eggs here and there. You know how these clay heads are. They forget where they lay their eggs.
Then the chicks get destracted while she is laying more eggs on her nest. They are scattered here and there. You can read more about my chickens here .
Some of the whimsy that is in my garden are actually reminders. This concrete Lab is a memorial to my beloved pet Mishka. We had him for 15 years. He was one large part of our family and is still sorely missed.
This lady came home with me from Charleston. Some friends and I went there for their annual spring garden tour. It was such fun and she lends a serene elegance to our garden.
This duck in repose was a gift from my Mother. It has calmly watched over my present garden as well as a previous garden. It always reminds me of my Mother and evokes fond memories.
Of course is any garden complete without fairies? I think not, so I have a few fairiey statues sprinkled around the garden. I like to think of them being sprinkled with fairy dust in the evening by the real fairies so they can join in the fairy feastivities. The little guy below came to my garden by a friend who thought he just fit into the landscape. Since I have a collection of minature hostas he did indeed fit in. This post was generated by the prompt from Gardening Gone Wild. If you want to participate leave a comment at their site so you will be inclueded in their end of the month posting. I hope you do. I love to see what everyone else has in their garden as whimsy.

35 comments:

Teri C said...

Such fun fun whimsy! I love that ball on the bear. I know why the lady had to have one.

Cheryl said...

What a delightful post Lisa.....I so enjoyed 'a bit of whimsy'
But I must say the concrete lab brought a tear to my eye...reminding me of my dogs that have left us now....

Lisa...you mentioned you liked the cardoon and echinops on my post....I am sending Beckie some seeds in the autumn, would you like me to send some seeds of the above to her as well....then you can arrange collection between you.
Its just a thought....don't worry if you don't want them, its fine.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Are there any wild lizards in Indiana? I know there aren't any around here. I think your garden lizard is much more fun than any real lizard could be. I'm another Gazing Globe fan. I like how you've matched the colors up to their surroundings, & I can totally understand how that lady just had to have the bear. It is too fun!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Hi Teri, yes the bear is the dude.

Cheryl, I am glad you liked the whimsy post. I too tear up from time to time when I think of Mishka.

I would love some seeds. If you mention to Beckie I am sure she would share with me. I will see her sometime, or she can send them on to me.

Hi MrMcD, I do try to fit in my gazers where they look good. I think they liven up the shady areas.

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
Seeing your garden ornaments was very fun. Your gardens are filled with whimsy and joy. I love the stories your gardens tell.
Sherry

Lisa at Greenbow said...

MrMcD, yes in answer to you asking about lizards around here. I have seen salamanders in the woods near here so I know in the right spot there should be lizards.

HI Sherry. Glad you stopped by for a little whimsy in your life.

Cheers everyone. Have a good weekend.

Layanee said...

A bit of whimsy in the garden gives us a glimpse into the heart of the gardener don't you think? I love the gazing globes although I only have one.

Mary said...

Lisa! I love this...I'm smiling from ear to ear. I don't have a gazing ball and I want one soooo badly. All I have in my garden is an ugly gargoyle (that I love) and a not-so-pretty turtle. I Love, Love, Love, your garden. The lab sculpture really got me.

Whimsy is good. You nailed it in this post.

I'm trying hard to catch up with everyone... I miss it here.

Mary

me ann my camera said...

I would love your garden! and all of its fascinating creatures and features. And how I would love to find a bear like yours! We have creatures and statues in our garden also. One feature is ceramic cats peeking out from under the foliage in all sorts of places. Perhaps I will blog them someday.

Thank you for your visit to mine, glad that you enjoyed.

Jayne said...

Lisa, I love that you have filled your garden with so many things to make you smile. :c)

Gail said...

Lisa,

You have a nice collection of whimsy and your post was a fun tour of your garden... As a pretty new reader I was glad to find out more about your location. For the longest time I have been planning to mosaic a bowling bowl...but haven't; maybe it's time to just get a gazing globe! My husband would fall in love with the bear.
Gail

flydragon said...

One of the best things about gazing balls is of course the reflection that you see in them. I especially like the scene in your gold one.

Phillip said...

I love your whimsy. I am wondering how you took the gazing ball photo without capturing your reflection? You've got me stumped! LOL

Geraldine said...

I like gazing balls in moderation LOL!!! The one you show with the bear is very cute.

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Rose said...

Lisa, I've never been a big fan of gazing balls until I was given one as a gift last year. It's bright blue, my favorite color in the garden, and has caused me to do a 180 in my thoughts on gazing balls.
I love all yours in different colors, especially on the bear. I don't blame the lady for stopping by and wanting her own!

But the lab has to be my favorite; I just finished a little garden memorial to our late dog. The garden seems the perfect place to preserve favorite memories of special pets, doesn't it?

Alas, I'm not very whimsical, so I'm not participating in this project. I think I need to "lighten up" :)

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I need more whimsy in the garden. I really like your bear!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Very fun... I think that my favorite is the hen, with her eggs scattered about! :)

I keep looking for some whimsy in my garden... but somehow I find it lacking. I really AM too serious.

Mel said...

It would be so cool to 'explore' your garden, so full of surprises!

Marvin said...

Love the garden whimsy and the fact there's a story to go with every piece.

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Whimsy rocks! Love this post!

Kylee said...

What a great selection of garden whimsy you have, Lisa! I'm not sure which is my favorite. Now I see why you liked that lizard stone sculpture I showed in my LilyFest post! ;-)

Raven said...

What a wonderful garden - and what a grand tour of wit and whimsy.

heirloomgardener said...

I love your hen on a nest--I've never seen one of those before.

Annie in Austin said...

I'm glad you joined in Lisa - that sense of humor displayed in your writing is delightful when used to make your garden playful... and seeing those gazing balls takes me back to childhood when they were all the rage.
They're very tempting!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Mike - Fenphotography said...

Hi Lisa, the first shot of the bear looks cool and the last photo with the light shining through looks stunning.

Naturegirl said...

Garden whimsy is so much fun..a character builder in the garden. Yours are great conversation pieces!
I love gazing balls I have one myself and move it around the garden regulary and yes it brings light to a dark corner.Your bear is so tame.
Your concrete dog is a lovley tribute
to your pet.It would be a fun walk through your garden!

Forever Young said...

this is such a fun and entertaining and interesting post, thank you i've had fun reading it.

albertapostcards said...

oh gosh Lisa, how wonderful to see so many of your garden ornaments and gazing balls in one post. I'm a person who does like gazing balls but not so much on those first stands that came out. I love your bear!! and the frog that holds one too. You know what's so appealing in your garden with the gazing balls? It's that you have different colours, different sizes, and different creatures presenting them. Thanks for sharing this whimsy with us -- you've given me a delight today.

Theresa in Mèrida said...

I don't know which I like more, the bear or the chicken. That bust is lovely too. Yeah, I am longing for more garden space.Thanks for sharing yours so generously.
regards,
Theresa

Terra Hangen said...

I love a bit of whimsy in the garden, it is a real spirit lifter. Now I am inspired to get a gazing ball and a bear or frog to hold it.
What fun. Last week I bought a very funny frog pot; he has the happiest grin and I put a dainty white flowering plant in it.
He cheers me each time I see him, right outside the kitchen door on a patio table.

Nan Ondra said...

Oh, the chicken, and the eggs, and the chicks - too funny, Lisa. Thanks for sharing the stories of some of your favorite bits of garden whimsy. But I'm with Phillip in wanting to know how you got that great shot of your golden gazing ball without it reflecting you too!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Nan and Phillip, I don't remember taking the picture of the gazing ball. I have in the past set up the scope from afar and taken pictures trying not to get myself in the picture. This is probably how I did it. However this particular angle would be difficult to get because my garden is not that deep and our scope is powerful. I am not really a photographer. I am a trial and error type picture taker with a point and shoot camera. I should make notes if I capture an intersting shot. I really didn't realize I wasn't in the photo. I am glad I wasn't though.

VP said...

I hadn't come across gazing balls before, so thanks for the education Lisa :)

I like how some of your whimsy evokes such special memories for you.

Carolyn gail said...

Great post on your whimsical collections, Lisa. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Nan said...

I can't believe you can fit so much on "a small city lot" I especially love the dog and the Charleston lady. I envy your garden tour there. It must have been wonderful. Have you ever read Emily Whaley's books?