Wednesday, October 31, 2012
On Using Found Objects
I think I was born with a shovel in my trunk, a pruner in my bag, and a paintbrush in my pocket. I feel like everything I see is either in need of paint, pruning, or planting.
So when I come across a piece of rusty something, I feel I either need to paint it, or fix it. This bell with a wooden clapper had its rope hanger rot through and ended up in my scree garden.
When I visited the Hancock Research Station run by the University of Wisconsin Extension, their organic take on garden art ran to historic items displayed in a sheltered exhibit and in their garden beds. Their rusty finds ran to late 19th century and early 20th century farming implements.
I have been contemplating hanging this piece within a 4' fence that would divide my side yard into a separate, more intimate seating area. Thoughts, anyone?
I have been looking through my pictures for ideas how to stage my garden and have found a few photos I neglected to share that are comment-worthy.
This first one above, is taken in May and shows my pagoda dogwood (cornus alternifolia) in spring bloom, along with my creeping phlox out front and the the fresh green of my May hosta.
This next is of a late blooming chrysanthemum, typically blooming just before my asters. It was a passalong, so I don't actually know what this cultivar is.