Friday, May 22, 2009

Garden Ornament



I thought I'd show you some garden ornaments today, all photos taken last weekend on a tour of a garden called Hedgerows, in Chester NJ.  The tour was a part of The Garden Conservancy's Open Days program.  

Hedgerows is a beautiful country garden, surrounding a nineteenth-century farmhouse.  There is a formal herb garden and perennial borders, along with a lovely woodland garden and reflecting pool.  These different gardening styles are reflected in the types of garden ornaments displayed.  The two charming statues (above and below) guard the walkway to the front of the house, which is a formal area.  They are reminiscent of something you would find in an English Country garden, which is why I love them so much.  Sadly, they are probably a little too formal for our Little Red House.  :(




This simple but lovely formal birdbath (below) stands near the pool garden.  Can you see the miniature lilac behind it -- what a heavenly scent!




Look at this whimsical iron frog (below), near the barn/garage.  How cute is that?  Someone has a sense of humor here.  :)




These charming squirrels (below) overlook the path to the rock garden.  Formal in style, but casual in subject -- they are totally charming!  Now these, I think, would look really great at our Little Red House.  :)




And for all you rooster lovers out there (and I am one of you), how do you like this handsome fellow (below)?  Unfortunately it would seem as though he is a favorite with the birds as well.




And how about these two little piggies (below)?  How cute are they?




Finally, a collection of watering cans (below) -- straight out of an English cottage garden.  Love them!




So tell me, do you have a favorite style of garden ornament?  What pretty things are peeking out from behind the leaves in your garden?

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I hope you will all join me in another Mosaic Monday next week.  I'll put up Mr. Linky by 8:30pm Sunday night.  I can't wait to see your creations!  :)

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30 comments:

  1. i have a golden eyed toad peaking out from under hosta leaves,
    enjoyed this garden tour

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  2. Mary...these are wonderful! This would be a great post (Hooked on Garden ornaments) to add to "Hooked on Fridays" over at Julia's blog, Hooked on Houses. :-)

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  3. I love garden ornaments and am always on the lookout for them -- they are peeking out from foliage all over Linderhof.

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  4. Thanks for the great garden tour! My husband and I like garden fountains and have several of them in our yard. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  5. I like the little piglets the best.

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  6. Oh I love the little pigs. Congratulations.

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  7. I love my birdbath! But those piggies are too cute!

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  8. The pigs are the best! I have a stone bunny here & there & a little cherub.

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  9. Mary-- I love the top little boy and the frog!!! I have an angel and A Colonel Rebel (the now-outlawed politically incorerct mascot of Ole Miss :) Thanks for the tour and for stopping by! Have a great holiday weekend!

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  10. What a beautiful garden! Is this open to the public during the summer or was this a special weekend event?

    I love statuary...angels and cherubs. I have a few little bunnies, too. What I'd really love is a fabulous fountain!

    happy holiday weekend!
    ;-D

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  11. Kathleen, it was only open for the one day. The Garden Conservancy sponsors open days all over the country. There may be some near you, check out their website.

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  12. Love the garden tour! Thank you. I have a little bunny peeking out of my garden. I love when the bunnies in our yard sit near it. Such a funny sight.

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  13. We have a stepping stone that Chelsea made...it is pretty and a little bunny that peeks out at us from the ornamental grass.

    Other than that I am looking for something a bit more substantial for the front perrenial bed.

    The pigs made me smile here...but I would likely use them in my own garden. Not exactly Hospitality Lane.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  14. I love the ornaments in this garden, but my favorite is the pooped-on Rooster -- Such undignified ornamentation! I like animals best in the garden.

    I have a bunny I bought at a church rummage sale, a goose that I brought from our old house, where we had REAL geese, and a small pair of bunnies that hide under foliage because one is missing an ear.

    Another lovely day! yay!

    Cass

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  15. Oh, I like the piggy's...definately :o)

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  16. I love all of them. What a beautiful garden!

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  17. I'm not big on the ornaments though my ex-SIL left some froggies in the garden. I love the watering cans as that's more my style.

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  18. i have a few bunny sculptures in my garden, a nice bird bath, sundial and reflective garden sphere - maybe i'll mosaic them for monday.
    love the squirrels.

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  19. Love those piggies... I have dishes stuck in my planters...old, broken or chipped dishes. And I have Emmy, of course. A little girl reading a book. She's sitting under the lilacs. What do you have?

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  20. These are beautiful! I have several spaniels in the front & back yard, and a kitty sitting by a little fish pond. ☺ Diane

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  21. Lovely, lovely garden art. We have gnomes around our koi pond and terra cotta jugs around a statue of Jesus. There is a bench under the Japanese maple that is about to fall down. I am motivated now to get it back together. Thanks for the uplift.
    QMM

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  22. I don't have much done in the way of gardens this year, but when I do I'll have a couple of little things peeking out from behind the flowers.

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  23. I love the first one! I'm going on a garden tour today and this really got me in the mood!

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  24. LOVE the piglets! I often find good statues at Tuesday Morning. I like all kinds of outdoor ornaments. Especially my rust chickens. Got them from Gardener's Supply Company.
    Brenda

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  25. The froggie stole my heart. I love them...
    I do have some garden things..but certainly nothing like that. Perhaps one day. THOSE look expensive! :) Still..I didn't see anything like that on the garden tour we took...but so far this year the two tours I have gone on have been terrible..and way under what I had expected.
    The one you went too was gorgeous and so interesting..
    ~Smiles..and love ..and I hope you are having a nice, restful and peaceful and safe weekend, Mary)
    Mona

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  26. What beautiful garden pictures. Love the statuary and all of the lush plantings! Thank you for sharing this garden tour. Did you say 500 posts? Wow! What a milestone. Congratulations! laurie

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  27. Love the statuary and all of the lush plantings!

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  28. Hi good day ! very interesting article you have and it was impressive. Thank you for sharing this i've learned a lot and i think this will help me and other garden lover .As for now im into garden accessories such as wind chimes , crystal twisters and wind spinners .They were perfect and very impressive . Some of my guest were much delight and amaze on this , the color and designs are very perfectly contrast with my garden and its theme . Im happy that i visited your site and i hope that i can read more articles from you . Thanks a lot .

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  29. So sweet....all the little statues sure can add something speical to a garden & i love those watering cans in the last picture! xoxo

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