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Posted on Monday, December 03, 2007 - 06:03 am EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

Just a few of the things I tuck away in the gardens for the Buddies to enjoy! Can't wait until spring comes back- but in the meantime ...
My favorite new thing for 2007 was this wonderful pot. I look at it right out of my kitchen window & it makes me smile every time. Luckily I put in in the machine shop for the winter before our first big windstorm because a HUGE branch came down out of the fir tree & thumped right where it had been standing. Whew!!

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Birdbath with Gargoyle- there's a few of these guys scattered around- both baths & gargolyes from Notre Dame de Paris.

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Our son made me this copper trellis for my birthday one year- he's so handy to have around!

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I think this is my favorite sundial- another gift from David.

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A Friend used to call this sundial a Geezer Gizmo- her neighbor who I guess is a "geezer" has one-- then she found out I had one! It's in the middle of the formal rose garden.

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This trellis the husband built for me. I wired some cement plaques with flowers on them inside- the sunface outside-- have to take your sun wherever you find it when you live in the woods. The cement stepping stones have grapevines on the 2 outside ones & the center one has a Celtic Knot pattern on it.
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The "Swirley Thingie" in the big round garden- I don't grow anything on it because I just like to look at it.

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As you can see in the first picture, Igor on the bottom likes to hide all summer in the hosta, Oregon Grape & Impatiens- just his friend Boris on the pedestal shows in the summer. Now though- with the hosta & Impatiens gone for the winter Igor comes out- not too sure he's very happy today though with 8" of snow on his head!
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Plantlady2 - Washington, Zone "7"
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Posted on Monday, December 03, 2007 - 11:33 am EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

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Your place is just wonderful. Love the nice moss growing on your garden things. Your huge pot is fab! Nice gazebo I see tucked away. Each time I view I find more & more....

Mimi - Wisconsin, Zone "4b"
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Posted on Monday, December 03, 2007 - 12:20 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

Arent Gargoyles fabulous??!!??
Some would say they will keep bad spirits away and protect you from "evil-doers".
Here's an awesome children's story.

god bless the gargoyles

by dav pilkey

in a long-ago time, when long ago peoples
were building cathedrals and raising up steeples,
they crafted stone creatures and set them on perches
to guard and protect and watch over the churches.
so gargoyles were born, and they stood night and day,
keeping evil and terrible spirits away.
and ne'er was a creature so true and so loyal
as the watchful, courageous, and fearless gargoyle.
but the years came and went, and the people did, too.
and in time, they forgot what their ancestors knew.
and whenever they passed by the gargoyles' lairs,
they trembled in fear at the gargoyles' stares.
and as time went along, people's fear turned to spite,
and they sneered and they cursed at the gaurdians of night:
"demons!" they grumbled -- "grotesque!" and "horrid!"
"those beasts don't belong on the house of the lord!"
when the gargoyles heard these words that were spoken,
their stony old hearts became crumbled and broken.
then storms rumbled in, and their eyes filled with rain,
and in stillness they stayed, alone and in pain.
but as it so happened, some angels were near,
and heeding the grief of a gargoyle's tear,
they each fluttered down from the heavens on high
to sit with the gargoyles beneath thundering skies.
now, angels have ways of making things right,
so they stayed with the gargoyles all through the night,
patting their heads and wiping their tears
and whispering life into gargoyle ears.
and soon all the gargoyles did magical things:
they gurgled and coughed and shook out their wings.
then together the angels and gargoyles took flight,
and they soared through the clouds on a blustery night.
and while over pastures and hills they were winging,
the voices of angels were radiantly singing
music of healing and songs of rebirth
to all of the creatures in all of the earth:
"god bless the rain, and the stormclouds that bring it.
god bless the music, and the voices that sing it.
god bless the ones who sing everything wrong.
god bless the creatures who do not belong.
god bless the hearts and the souls who are grieving
for those who have left, and for those who are leaving.
god bless each perishing body and mind,
god bless all creatures remaining behind.
god bless the dreamers whose dreams have awoken.
god bless the lovers whose hearts have been broken.
god bless each soul that is tortured and taunted,
god bless all creatures alone and unwanted."
and the gargoyles beheld wherever they roamed
that the souls of the lost weren't really alone.
each one had an angel, each one was protected,
and each one was cherished and loved and respected.
and so it is true with the gargoyles this day,
for all of the angels who love them have stayed.
and together they wait until days become nights,
to embark on their dark and most glorious flights.
so if you see shapes in the night sky, don't fear --
for it simply means angels and gargoyles are near,
easing the earth with their gentle night call:
god bless the gargoyles. god bless us all."

~ ~ ~

Sheilak - PA, Zone "5 and 6"
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Posted on Monday, December 03, 2007 - 12:29 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

Cory, heaven is in the details...love yours! The first photo.. especially lovely. Sheilia, I will probably never look at a gargoyle w/o remembering this poem...lovely sentiment.

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Posted on Monday, December 03, 2007 - 01:34 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

I would love to wander around your beautiful gardens,Cory and enjoy your wonderful garden accents!


Sunnyday2day wrote on Monday, December 03, 2007 - 09:35 am:

I will probably never look at a gargoyle w/o remembering this poem


Thanks for sharing this neat poem,Sheila.

Starzgarden - Michigan, Zone "five"
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Posted on Monday, December 03, 2007 - 04:24 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

Dav Pilkey of The Adventures of Captain Underpants fame? Who knew? I'll have to show my son.




Cory, you did find a special piece with that pottery. I am also impressed by your son's good taste.

Loretta - NJ, Zone "6"
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Posted on Monday, December 03, 2007 - 07:34 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post


Plantlady2 wrote on Monday, December 03, 2007 - 03:09 am:

Our son made me this copper trellis for my birthday one year

Hmmm, what a great idea!


Plantlady2 wrote on Monday, December 03, 2007 - 03:09 am:

The "Swirley Thingie" in the big round garden

LOL. Your pics and descriptions are wonderful.


Sheilak wrote on Monday, December 03, 2007 - 09:26 am:

god bless the gargoyles

by dav pilkey

What a nice poem, Sheila. It brought tears to my eyes.

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Posted on Monday, December 03, 2007 - 10:29 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

Thanks everyone- & the gargolyes appreciate the poem, Sheliak! I've always love them & figured that if they can protect Notre Dame de Paris they can protect my garden. I have a few more tucked around here & there- some you can't see until winter, like Igor & some just want to be right out there, like Boris!
Heirloomgardens- I have a few more "swirley thingies" out there, too- love 'em & there's a great place on Fir Island in WA called Rosebar that sells some really nice rusty stuff & some swirley stuff & other stuff, too- Oh- I haven't even gotten to pictures of the rusty stuff in the gardens yet! You'll just have to come & see it all for yourselves :)
Starzgarden--- any time- come on out to the left coast & we'll show you around.
Mimi- the husband & son built the gazebo for me- I drew a picture & said- this is what I would like it to look like & they built it. The railings & dowels came from an old railroad station in Bellingham built around 1890- love them! David says it's his PHD in angles- every one of the shakes had to be hand cut at a different angle. He says if he ever builds his wife a gazebo it'll be SQUARE!!
I put a summer & winter picture of it in the Deja Vu buddies thing- if you want to have a closer look at it.
Cory

Plantlady2 - Washington, Zone "7"
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Posted on Monday, December 03, 2007 - 10:59 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post


Loretta wrote on Monday, December 03, 2007 - 01:30 pm:

Dav Pilkey of The Adventures of Captain Underpants fame? Who knew? I'll have to show my son.


LOL! My son read all of them Loretta. I will have to show him the poem too. Thanks for posting it Sheila.
Your garden is wonderful Cory. I love your 'stuff' especially the swirley thingie. I would also love to borrow your hubby and son to make a few things in my garden!

Growit - Hampshire, Zone "8/9"
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Posted on Tuesday, December 04, 2007 - 04:44 am EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

"God Bless the Gargoyles" is actually just one of Dav Pilkey's many books. He is a brilliantly funny author and illustrator. My son is 15 now, but I remember Dav because Cpt. Underpants was the first book my son ever WANTED to read. If you have a child with a learning disability, adhd, discouraged with school, or is just the class clown and could care less about school....I feel fairly certain they will love this author.

http://www.pilkey.com/

Sheilak - PA, Zone "5 and 6"
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Posted on Tuesday, December 04, 2007 - 12:51 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post


Sheilak wrote on Tuesday, December 04, 2007 - 01:50 am:

If you have a child with a learning disability, adhd, discouraged with school, or is just the class clown and could care less about school....I feel fairly certain they will love this author.



Ditto!

Loretta - NJ, Zone "6"
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Posted on Saturday, December 08, 2007 - 12:10 am EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

Growit- I'll send them to you COD!! They're not building anything for me right now (at least I don't think they are!) so I can spare them >:)
Cory

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Plantlady2 wrote on Friday, December 07, 2007 - 09:16 pm:

I'll send them to you COD!!


HAHA!!!...If only. Wish I had a handy husband or son. Anything that gets made/fixed round here is by yours truly.

Growit - Hampshire, Zone "8/9"
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That is a nice piece of work all round plant lady!

Moira....I hear ya, I guess him indoors just want to sit and watch the footie or rugby innit? :-)

Bluewillow - Ontario Canada, Zone "Zone 5b"

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