One thing i don't have a lot of is garden art. No particular reason, although the fact that I buy too many plants is probably one. I'm also not sure what i like, or what looks good, or what will hold up in our sun/heat/cold/wind. I also tend towards minimalist tendencies (well, except for plants), so "extra stuff" was never high on my list.
However, just like with plants, and everything else, the gardens we saw during the Austin Fling had all kinds of inspiration for garden art. Here are some of the ones that caught my eye, from the small:
|this cute metal lizard (?) in Diana's garden|
|the labyrinth at The Natural Gardener|
|Also at The Natural Gardener!|
|although it was blocking the gate - on purpose?|
|I like how it blends into the rock|
|a carnivorous plant i might be able to keep alive!|
|Ditto on the fish!|
|not the world's best picture of Pam's garden...|
|and a bottle edging - there were a lot of bottles (trees, bushes, edges) in the Fling|
|The whole gate was gorgeous!|
|these were great - they really fit in her garden, but i can see them work in lots of places|
|it looked like a dinosaur to me? Fitting with all that rock!|
|especially with that blue sky and lime-green trees behind it!|
I will admit that while i admire explosions of color like that, I think i can see more subdued art fitting better in my own garden, like this crocodile out of Tait Moring's garden:
|hiding in the gravel - i could do this with DG?|
|i like how they are nestled into the plants|
|cute, and looking great on that awesome Texas/Austin rock!|
|so neat! And a great focal point on the wall...|
Thoughts on how to apply this lesson to my garden:
- While i admire some of the very colorful art, i'm not sure that's my style. Over and over again in Austin, my eye was caught by art that blended into the gardens.
- All the metal (rusted metal, in particular) sculpture was really nice. And maybe the rusted color would keep it from getting too hot in the desert sun? I know i would really like glass, but i don't like setting the garden on fire, so that's probably out...
- I liked all the spheres - maybe i could get some more for the garden, including glazed ones that match the mostly-blue pots I've been using? I have some small ones scattered around the garden already, but i think the hillside would be a great place to add some bigger ones.
- I should look into more "vertical" garden art - like bloom stalks, or other things to add some height, especially when the yuccas/hesperaloes aren't blooming.
- I'm very tempted to find a place on a wall to hang a cacti theater like Jenny's - maybe that can be the thing to fill up the wall by the AC and make that part of the garden nicer?
- Speaking of that part of the garden (that would be the south side) - I wonder if i could add cacti to the fence like at Zilker... it would be fitting! I probably can't get an exact color match though, so I'll have to see if it still works against the blue gate.