More Garden Knickknackery



Worn Out Chinese Bucket

This old bucket is on its last legs & if it eventually falls apart, I'll see what I can do to patch it back together. The more beat up it gets the more wonderful I think it is. I use it quite a lot & though I have to treat it a bit gently, it's good to gather twigs in or as a catch-all for small tools being used in the garden on a given day. I found it in a very expensive antique store but they didn't want much for a beat-up bucket & were probably mildly annoyed that I found the only cheap thing in their store.

Guardian Toad

I'm not much for regular concrete geegaws in the garden but this wee toad caught my fancy, perhaps because I have studied the western toad in the wild, & kept it as a pet, & this flattened toad-sized concrete medalion hit a positive nerve for me. The toad sits unobtrusively at the foot of the akebia arbor almost hidden by a decaying length of birch log.



The World Turtle

This one's a bit more practical than the little toad. It's a crockery stepping-stone in the shape of a turtle, surrounded by leafmold from the choke-cherry it's under.

Woven Basket

BasketA sturdily woven basket left outside to "wear out" in the weather can be delightful. Without really planning it, this basket ended up more or less permanently seated in a location on the front porch that is just its size, & where it's very handy to grab for assorted uses. We use it pretty regularly to gather garden rubble, such as the sharp leaves of a holly tree we don't like to leave as mulch, or pruned bits off a stabby rose. But the basket seems always ends up back in this spot. Eventually it may be displaced by one or another potted plant, but who knows. In the meantime, a neighbor's cat is frequently to be seen sleeping in this basket, & once we even caught two cats sleeping in it.

Rocks Nothing Beats Rocks

For anyone with a packrat's tendency to set loved stuff around the yard, nothing beats Mother Nature's very own rocks. The colorful rock on the back stoop was one of a huge batch we got at a yardsale for $200 for a carload — so many rocks we ended up making two trips. The old guy selling them said a rockhound he'd rented a house to abandoned the rocks. He told us, "$200 is a good deal, that big piece of petrified wood right there is probably worth that much all by itself." Well, I'd bought lots of rocks from quarries, aquarium stores, & rockhound shops, so I wasn't about to dicker. The grey stripy rock to the side of the stoop is from a quarry we visited near Gig Harbor, where they also sell Stonehenge type menhirs, but unable to afford to put a monolith in our yard settled for one stripy rock.

ThingyHanging Thingy

One day while digging a hole for one or another shrub or perennial, I dug up this piece of metal. If you look closely you can see it is embossed with the image of a kitty with its paw reaching under the lid of what might be a baked bean pot. I suspect it's from a garden chime mobile. I ran a string through the hole at the top & hung it from a branch of the Choke Cherry.


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