Monday, January 31, 2011

Statues, Ornaments and Patina!



Well this is this time of year when the plants in my garden just are not looking too good ,all I can really hope for is that the sun does not fry them ,with temperatures in the last week soaring to 40C(100F) and in fact to today 42C it was just too hot too take nice pictures .I have decided to show some of my statuary (I think this stuff breeds it own ) until I started taking photos I never realised just how much there was. I now present to you the ladies of my Garden!


It has taken me many years but now I actually love the Patina that old statues/pots in the garden develop when left out to weather ,this goes against all of my natural instincts which are to clean paint and dust especially if it looks mouldy Throw it Out !




Definitley a real mixture ,top left is Buddha ,then the Sun Man and then a Greek goddess all lovley in their own right.
I think my sun man has lovely character filled face !





This is the most varied collection of all, top right is a blue Budgerigar I have actually had a neighbours cat sit patiently waiting to pounce and then when it finally does poor thing is so dissapointed ,the Flamingo is almost 30 years old and still likes to hide in the shrubs and palms near our pool, the wheelbarrow is so old it did not even have rubber wheels and is lovley planted with Geraniums and last of all my house number ,we brought this on a trip to Mexico 11 years ago and I so love the memory every time I see it ,it is so unique, around here no one else has one:)


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43 comments:

  1. I see you are developing a taste for garden ornaments...I loathed them when I was younger..but now I love to laugh at them and enjoy the story they bring to a part of the garden!

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  2. I love the ladies of your garden, so regal!! All your garden treasures are pretty!!! Wow, you are having some nice warm weather there. We here in Texas are sitting at 33 degrees and dropping all day with a nasty ice storm brewing!! I prefer heat. :) Hope you have a wonderful day!!

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  3. @Babbs
    Hi Babbs ,I am trying out a reply button that I have just installed on my comments ,I hope it comes through ok, an ice storm sounds quite cosy if you are prepared for it ,I hope you all stay safe and warm!
    What about this weathe huge cylones now in Queensland,I will stop complaining I think.
    ~Sharon~

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  4. You have beautiful pots and statuary in your garden. My favorite is the sun man!

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  5. What a great post! Love your garden art-very tasteful :)

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  6. Oh, I loved every picture. What a lovely garden post!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  7. Lovely mosaics, it would be lovely to wander around your garden.
    Hugs,
    Jan

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  8. What great mosaics. I spotted the lizard photo and really like it. I love animal shots.

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  9. I have never seen any one garden have so many neat statues. You have done well on it and some of them are very interesting.

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  10. I love your statues. They give a garden such character.

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  11. Such beautifiul photos! How we miss our gardens right now in North Texas, USA. Your beautiful gardens really cheered me up! Thank you for your visit, I look forward to visiting your blog again.
    Cheers,
    Andrea

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  12. Wow, you have a gorgeous collection. I think your garden is looking spectacular considering the terrible heat you have had.

    Thanks so much dropping by and visiting. It is wonderful to "meet" you! I look forward to following another Aussie blogger!

    Best wishes always,
    Natasha.

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  13. Such pretty pieces you have in your garden. Visiting your blog is like a breathe of Spring! I miss my garden- right now it is covered in 2 feet of snow!

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  14. Your garden art is beautiful!
    Leslie
    Your newest follower
    Tranquil Acres of Alexandria

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  15. Thank you for lovely comment..I cannot wait till it is 100 degrees...beautiful blog and photos

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  16. Beautiful garden art. It's a pleasure meeting you Sharon. I am your newest follower. I hope you honor me with your presence as well

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  17. It's so beautiful to see photos of summer. We are having a blizzard here in NH, USA. :)

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  18. I love all your yard art...I think you can never have enough!

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  19. Sharon, all of them are wonderful! I only have a few yard ornaments, and none as nice as yours. You make me want to collect more of them. laurie

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  20. Hello Sharon,
    Oh my...I forget what it's like to feel 100' temperatures with all this snow and cold weather we're having in Kansas. Your garden ornaments are lovely. I can see why you don't want to be out in the garden when it's that hot...I hope your weather cools off for a while so you can enjoy your beautiful garden. Have a wonderful weekend!
    Maura :)

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  21. I really enjoyed your post. You have a lot of great garden statuary. I enjoyed seeing the bird also.
    Blessings, Beth

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  22. You have some beautiful weathered things in your gardens.....

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  23. Statuary can add focal points of interest in a garden and you certainly have some beautiful pieces.
    Too bad it's so hot there - want me to send you some snow? We have lots! :-)
    Judith

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  24. What a beautiful post!!! I love garden statues mixed in flower borders...just so pretty!

    Miss Bloomers

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  25. What beautiful statues. I looked to see where you live (where it is 100 degrees!) The other side of the world in Australia, such a beautiful place!

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  26. Thanks so much for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursdays for week #5...Hoping you come back again & join in next week! Love seeing all these gardens! xoxo

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  27. love the pots and garden statuary...lovely..Happy Fertilizer Friday

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  28. What an absolutely beautiful collection you have Sharon! I'm so glad you came over and joined us at our new Inspiration Friday location. We really appreciate the support!
    Vanessa

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  29. Love all your statues! They are truly beautiful!

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  30. Happy Pink Saturday Sharon Sweetie...
    Oh give me some of the heat you are having right now please. I live here in Phoenix in the desert, of all places, and the last three nights we have dipped down into the 20s. Yes we have and not been above 50 in the daytime. I want my heat back. We moved here for the heat, and I don't like cold.

    Enjoy the warmth in the garden for me. I love your lady statues. Isn't is beautiful how in time they take on a personality? They almost seem to talk to us as we walk through. That weathered look makes them so much more real, as we remember who they were when we bought them.

    That little blue bird is so pretty. I can see a cat pouncing expecting it to have softness, and feathers. Only to find concrete and dust. I would have loved to have seen that cat find this bird. A photographic moment no doubt.

    Thank you for giving me warmth and sunshine today sweetie. I so enjoyed my stroll in the garden. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. I guess I should tell you to stay cool hu?

    Many hugs and much love, Sherry

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  31. I just love your blog! I just came across it today! Beautiful post.

    Have a happy Sunday!
    Lorene
    The Gilded Cherub

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  32. Oh what wonderful garden ornaments you have! Thanks for sharing at MM. :)

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  33. I love the ladies of your garden. They are so elegant. Try to stay cool, we are covered in snow and freezing.

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  34. I love garden ornaments. You have such a wonderful collection. They add such fun and whimsy to a garden. Well done!

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  35. What lovely garden mosaics - the ladies are gorgeous and timeless.

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  36. You're right I think they do procreate, but not without our help! They are fun to add to the garden though! Well done! Cathy

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  37. Beautiful mosaic of your cherished statuary. They add some magic to the garden when the plants aren't at their best.

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  38. This is a lovely mosaic! I am hosting a Giveaway on my blog. I would love for you to stop by.hugs Anu

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  39. don't you just love garden art??? it is another way to add interest and express ourselves outside in the garden! Yours is fabulous!!!!
    thanks for linking into my party this week friend!!! I love to visit your blog.
    I was worried that I didn't get around...and blogger would not let me comment all week long...how stressful for a chatterbox to be silenced!!! hahahaha

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  40. I definitely need more stoneware in our garden. It would give it more structure during the winter - not that I'm ever out there but it would make me feel that, were I to venture out, it would be ready to look gorgeous for me!!

    Yours are perfect! I love them - and your blog too. ;-)

    I;m a-following.

    Sarahx

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  41. These are delightsome! I love statuary and anything that makes a garden whimsical.
    Kathy

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