I read that adding a garden accent to one's garden expresses one's style and adds a personal touch to the garden..
But, I'm not sure what my style is.. or how to define it....It's the same with my gardening, be it a container or in the ground...I never really have a specific plan in mind..do in part to the fact that I'm a newbie and the other is do to my spontaneous personality.
I just grow what I like or have time for.. depending on my circumstances and Mother nature.
So with no particular garden plans to keep me busy at the moment I thought it would be fun to go searching for a few garden accents and stick with the act of spontaneity.
My first stop was at one of my favorite stores...Marshall's Home Goods they are similar in my opinion to Pier One Imports but have lower prices especially on the dishware and garden products.
I made a bee-line straight to the garden section and fell in love with everything I saw.
There where Buddha's standing and sitting in their silent poses, Angels looking angelic as..angels should, Silly gnomes big and small reading books and smoking pipes, turtles, frogs, snails and chickens posed in various poses, some even held welcome signs to welcome your guest when they visit...
I wanted everything! but the calming effect emitting from a Buddha statue near by.. helped me come to my senses.." Buy me, I represent what you sometimes need in your life"..calmness, peace and quiet contemplation from the hurried stressful ways of this modern world. place me in your home or garden and meditate your cares away I will be good for you and I only cost 24.99" .... I was sold! and left with my purchase and off to spy out other stores.
My next stop was Meijer's where I chuckled and giggled at more of the whimsical... A bear sleeping in a Hammock, a mouse on a mushroom having a chat with it's little frog friend, life sized quacking ducks and a Toad house with an extra room for quest... Now that's a really cute idea and the first of it's kind that I've every seen...
" Oh and speaking of Toad stools, you might want to check out our artistic blogging friend Karrita of My Mother's Garden... She creates lovely Ceramic art for the garden from toad stools to bird houses, click on her Ceramic Icon below under my blog list in the far right corner and it will take you to her shop.
I enjoyed my window shopping and proud of my spontaneous purchase and no doubt this summer, will be back for more....
So... did I find my accent style? You bet I didn't... I'm Like a lays potato chip.. I don't think I can pick just one and like a Cottage garden... I'm free, cheerful and love many hues, colors and textures..what I did learn from the net, however...Is to choose statues or accents appropriate for your garden size.. A giant 12 foot elephant of course would not work in a tiny yard and too many statues over whelms a garden and gives it the appearance of a junk yard! So don't go crazy!.... but do have fun!
Happy Gardening and Thank you for stopping by..