The driftwood finds on the beach were one of our most fun experiences this year and just last Sunday we ended up with this piece, which I had lying down. Once I stood it vertically I realized it's a bird.
I have a really dark shady spot in my garden that I had been trying unsuccessfully for several years to brighten up with silver leafed foliage. This year I decided to try to find some non-plant item to use instead.
As I already have a number of concrete statues, I wanted something else. I thought maybe I could find a nice metal or glass sculpture. I searched many flea markets and auctions. I think that I had an abstract form most in mind. This is what I found.
Thanks, Pirl. Yes, it does seem to fit in with your "menagerie". LOL DSO treated it it 3 times with that clear Marine Varnish that's used for sail boats. You might want to try using that on some of yours. It hardly darkened the paint at all. I just finished bringing a lot of the other garden "stuff" inside today. I need help to carry him. He weighs about 75 lbs. He's going into the basement for the winter.
My worst trick of the year was thinking that it was safe to let DSO go back to Home Depot to pick up the Brick Red paint that I wanted for my Bistro set. He had helped me to sort through all of the cans when we were there the first time and they only had one can. When they called me to say that it had been restocked, I foolishly let him handle it. Second worst trick, was my not going to check on the work in progress.
Actually, it fits right in with my neighbor's new fence.
LOL, I've gotten used to it now. When the Begonias grew and got as red as the table, it looked a lot better. But, it didn't fade one bit over the season. The gals in mid-atlantic called it eye popping. LOL
Pirl, I just planted that whole section along the fence this summer.The fence went up at the end of April. It's 250' of fence. There are 18 trellises with Climbing Roses, Clematis, Gelsemium Sempervirens Marguerita, Hydrangeas, Clematis, Loniceras, Morning Glories, Black Eyed Susans and Hyacinth Beans.
Thanks, Gals. This is a big experiment for me as I've never grown vines before. When I moved here 4 years ago, it took me 8 months to cut the 80' of wild vines out of 550' of tree line, so I have been vineaphobic. Planting, even buying them took some emotional jitters as I've been on vine patrol every day for 4 years!!! But I had to do something with that horrid white wall. When the fence went up, I was left with 2 to 3' of grass behind the existing plantings that there was no access to.
That area was all shaded and used to be very dark. Everything that was previously planted in that tree line was low growing woodland plants and some hosta, and few shrubs. Of course, most of them have WHITE blooms. So there will be a lot of plant moving going on along there next year. In order to get colorful plants to grow over there, I had to cut back 25' of the neighbor's Maple limbs that grew over my yard.