Thursday, April 8, 2010

Aiming for a junkier garden

I used to think I hated garden ornamentation. Gnomes and shiny silver balls and most especially, junk as "art," cluttering up the yard. But then I moved to Massachusetts, where the garden is dead and barren for most of the year, and you're eager for a spot of beauty. And I began to see examples of garden objects, even junk, done well. And I started to appreciate it. Even to want some in my own yard.

But I'm not very good at it. When I put things in my garden, they look lonely, out of place, odd. So I've been studying gardens as I meet them, trying to figure out why they work. And for the past year or so, one of my main tag-sale and thrift-store missions has been to find good garden "junk."

On Easter, we went to a party in the yard of a friend who's a master at artfully arranging objects. Her home is a work of art, and I'm so in awe of the beautiful vignettes she sets up all throughout her life. I took some photos of her garden for inspiration (unfortunately, my photos do not do it justice. Trust me when I say it's much more beautiful in person.)

After wandering around her garden, I returned to my garden this week with new eyes. I've been rearranging the furniture, so to speak, moving the bits of things I've had in my garden for years and giving them new homes and new friends. It needs work yet, but I'm liking it so far. I'll share photos soon.
Outdoors today:

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Julie said...

The garden "junk" is very inspiring! Thanks for always sharing ideas and adding many new "To Do's" to my never ending lists:) Love Lucy's looks very familiar:)

P. J. Grath said...

I love this look! My husband calls my gardens "higgledy-piggledy." A little disorder imitates Nature's way, I like to think.

Luisa said...

I never thought of garden junk. How fun! I like the wagon with the shells. Hmmm I'm thinking maybe for my yard. Love Lucy in the wagon :)

Ruby said...

I love junky gardens, luckily, because my husband is a bonafide junkman!