Thursday, May 31, 2012

Christopher Mello's garden was a treat. While hearing (reading) his last name you might think his garden would be a mello place. Don't even think it. You would be wrong to think this as there is anything mello or yellow about his garden except the dump trucks. Yes, I said dump trucks. Christopher has a collection of yellow Tonka dump trucks displayed in their own compound surrounded by Shovel Henge, which is what he calls his collection of shovel heads erected on various heights of rebar.

His garden I a lot more artsy than mine but we share an aesthetic sense for circles. His Stone Henge is a circular surround for the area of dump trucks and people gathering. The concentric way  he mows the surrounding lawn has  rings of taller vedure as you can see in the photo above.

The outer border of the garden has a path through that takes you past some of his amazing creations and collections. 
Of course you knew I would love the bird cage assembly.

His love of red foliage was what really brought my mind to my own garden because I could certainly understand that desire to collect plants with red foliage.We have several of the same plants. One he had I have never seen or heard of, a red Mimosa tree. Maybe it is a Southern  plant. What ever it is I am considering getting one for our garden. I can just see those big pink blooms on top of that red foliage.
Of course he has his own Blue Pearl Poppy. The bees agree that they are the best.

I want to thank Christopher for inviting our huge group of Garden Bloggers into his garden. It is filled with inspiring art and plants. To read more about it you can go here.

22 comments:

  1. There was so much to see there. Reading your post I realize I missed several things!

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  2. Diana, I have thought that about every garden I have read about. There was too much to see.

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  3. What fun. I Love all those shovel heads! I love this circuit you are on too! thanks for sharing Lisa.

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  4. Wow.. Lots to see in this yard. Interesting display of shovels. I need to go back and enlarge them again to see what else I can see.

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  5. Love that blue pearl poppy. Interesting garden!

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  6. This was such a fun garden; there was something to see around every turn. I did miss the circle motif, though--I think my eye was immediately caught by Shovelhenge! I kept thinking how many old rusty Tonka vehicles we have stowed away in the barn:)

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  7. It was such a unique and fun garden!

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  8. Shovel Henge. I love it. Here's a man who knows that good gardening can grow humor, too.

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  9. Those shovels are interesting!!! Neat garden!

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  10. I love this!
    Every garden tells the story of the gardener...
    He seems to be a fun person!
    Your trip must have been grand!
    Sherry

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  11. It really is a cool garden. There were pieces in his garden that I wished I could have brought to mine. gail

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  12. It really is a cool garden. There were pieces in his garden that I wished I could have brought to mine. gail

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  13. What an interesting fellow ! I would love a walk through his garden especially the blue pearl poppy! Tearh

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  14. I would love to see the blue pearl poppy! What an interesting artist he is!!

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  15. I love wild gardens like this. Great plants as well as great art.

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  16. Hello again Lisa, I can see mixes of this garden that I like but I’ve never so sure of eccentric gardens like this. However, it sounds like I would have liked the planting as I am a big fan of red foliage plants in my garden too. Gardens need to have a personality and this one exudes it and I am delighted to hear you all enjoyed it :-)

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  17. I loved it Lisa. Wish we'd had more time. I love dump trucks, and Tonkas are the best. Was lovely to see you at Fling. Why didn't we sit together at some point?~~Dee

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  18. Lisa girl I have missed a few of these postings and wow ! on this VERY unique garden .. it truly is a "Guy Garden" for sure and it made me smile BIG time ! .. the shovels are an amazing idea .. and his guy toys circled inside .. a guy Stonehenge is a perfect description for it .. I wonder if he got up to see the sun rise yesterday through his shovels for Summer Solstice ?? LOL
    Joy

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  19. Lots to see, I had to look through twice. The Poppy is lovely the bees really do have taste :)

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  20. This was a very different but fun garden. The dump trucks brought back many fond memories of me playing in the dirt with my brothers.

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