Garden art.

Other than a few large, rather attractive rocks that somehow migrated to my perennial beds (either during the last glacial event or when the landscapers didn’t want to hit them with a lawnmower), I don’t have any garden ornaments on display.  As I garden in a public space, it’s probably not a good idea for me to pick what type of garden art everyone in the apartment complex should be subjected to – I’m sure I’d get it wrong in at least one person’s view.  Like all art, opinions regarding garden ornaments are deeply personal, but as this blog post from Three Dogs in a Garden serves to illustrate, the line between huh? and what on earth?! is a fine one, indeed.  I wonder what my landlady would do if I plunked Bigfoot down in the Shasta daisies…?

Your turn: what types of garden art/ornaments do you have in your garden? Feel free to post links to your photos/blog posts in the comments!  

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This little statue can be found in the Shakespeare Garden at the Silver Springs Botanical Garden here in Calgary.  Photo taken in July of last year.

Bugleweed. And “friends.”

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Some gardeners steer clear of plants like bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) – but in my case, ‘Black Scallop’ was the perfect choice for a large space that needed a pretty cover. And although it may appear that the bugleweed  is gunning for the lawn in this photo, rest assured it is actually the other way around and unfortunately presents clear photographic evidence of my faulty weeding practices.   Sigh…just keeping it real!   😉

What are your favourite ground cover plants?  Which are big no-no’s?  Are there any that you particularly favour for difficult spots (ie: under trees, in shady locations etc.)?

The don’ts of bird photography.

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My hubby says these two are likely in the avian equivalent of the witness protection program. I’m thinking I need photography lessons or new eyeglasses or both. 😉

Hope you have a wonderful, sunshine-filled Tuesday!

Alberta Snapshot: Flying deer.

Winged deer sign - Bragg Creek - 8 April 2014

I checked in the library’s copy of Mammals of Alberta and couldn’t find this particular ungulate listed in the family Cervidae.  After my hubby took this photo near Bragg Creek, we stuck around for awhile to see if one of these amazing beasts would fly out from the underbrush, but none appeared and we eventually drove home to grab a bite to eat.

 

(Seriously, though, what an inventive way to warn of a dangerous animal-vehicle collision zone).

Okay, I have to know – what strange or interesting road signs have you seen lately?

Have a fun and enjoyable weekend!  Hope the sun is shining for you!