July 20, 2011

Garden Ornament and News Channel 4

You know it.  I know it.  It's just too hot to do any real gardening right now.

So let's engage in some fake gardening, shall we?  By which I mean playing with things of interest and beauty in your landscape that do not rely on water, good drainage, or the sweat of your brow.

Consider, if you will, the various forms of garden ornament that can give your landscape a certain WOW factor, or if that's not your style, maybe a subtle, quiet sophistication.  Or both.  Why not?

A strategically placed pot in the border, a beautifully selected and carefully placed finial

can make all the difference in elevating the interest of your landscape.

The ever-so-perfect placement of a garden bench...maybe nestled in a hedge of hydrangeas?

or the perfectly curved line of a garden gate that elegantly mimics the same curve in that bench...

 A stone pillar here, a wrought iron tuteur there

a garden gnome if you must (though I am not of that persuasion myself...)

Anyway, you get my gist.  It's too hot to do anything but water, observe, and dream

and try to demonstrate a little optimism, as hard as that may be.

(Or just stay inside and watch me on News Channel 4 with Linda Cavanaugh at 4:30 tomorrow.  We'll be talking about ways to help your plants survive the heat.)


  1. Nice post. Former Oklahoma resident here. Live in Kansas now. This heat is something, bad as 1980 the year I was married. I guess we should expect a hurricane soon, to break the heat spell. Happy Gardening.

  2. It's not often we're in the position to wish for a hurricane, but it's going
    to take something pretty dramatic to crack this heat wave. I know Kansas is suffering as bad as we are...stay cool, my friend!

  3. Thanks for the color suggestions. I know that's one thing I need to work on in my garden. It's hard to keep color going all season long in a shade garden, so I need to add some ornaments. This heat spell is the perfect time to plan it!

  4. PP, it's hard to keep color going all summer, shade or no shade. Oh great Garden One, any other suggestions for garden activity in this heat?

  5. Good stuff, dear Linda. We all work so hard for the/our 'perfect garden'. By now, many of us are toying with forsaken 'best dreams', dreaming again of next spring. it's been a challenging summer! So totally agree. Let's focus on what we have and embrace. Life is good (except for the fact I can't catch you on TV :)

  6. Nice post.All the pictures are so wonderful. The garden ornaments are utilize with so creativity. I really like all the garden ornaments used in this article.


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