How do you feel about gnomes, gazing balls, and other kitschy elements in the garden? I like them when they are used somewhat sparingly. I don’t particularly care for the large statues that you’ll find in formal garden designs, but I think a cute little bird bath or garden gnome adds a bit of quirky and fun. Here are a few of the pieces we have around our yard:
This is Mr. Rabbit, who holds a little dish for birdseed or water. I picked him up last summer at TJ Maxx for about $10. I was pretty excited about finding him because I had looked at similar pieces at garden nurseries that were priced out of my budget. I love a good piece of garden kitsch, but I’m not about to drop $50 on a bunny!
This is a little turtle that Gavin picked out at JoAnn Fabrics. It’s actually a sprinkler but when we set him up last summer, the water pressure cracked him and he broke immediately. Last week I decided to glue him back together and add him to the garden. I think he looks cute peeking out behind the thyme. This is Olivia’s favorite.
This frogs on mushroom cap bird bath is understated but the birds seem to really like this one. I think it’s nice that it sits low to the ground so they can drink while searching for worms and grubs.
Last, we have Gnomey. He has been with us the longest. My aunt got him for me as a birthday present years ago when we still lived in Seattle. His face has faded over the years but he has been a trusty little garden protector. Gavin loves him and likes to carry him around. Unfortunately, he dropped him last summer and he cracked. Adam was able to use some liquid weld and put him back together so he is able to stay on guard behind the daffodils.
Do you have any favorite pieces in your garden? If not, maybe you should add a little friend this spring…