Thursday, March 22, 2012

Whimsy

BY SKEETER I have a bit of Whimsy here in my Georgia Gardens. This is my latest bit of fun. I have lost 2 Azalea's in the Driveway Island. I cut down the mostly dead one yesterday and decided to do something unique to take the eye off the empty spot. Flowers are my solution to keep the eye busy while looking at this Island. Bicycle baskets were too expensive to purchase. I remembered an old wicker basket in my storage closet. Can we say recycling? Ta-da... I hope these two containers of flowers fill in really well in time. I have a vision of full baskets draping over the sides. This bicycle once belonged to the Saints parents. They purchased it at Sears back in time when Sears was the place to buy most things. Remember when Sears had a Catalog and even sold house's? Wow, that was many moons ago. I knew when I saw a bicycle in Tina's Tiger Gardens, (Click HERE to see) that I had to have one of my own. Plus our next door neighbor is really into biking. I mean REALLY into biking as he has biked cross country. He is a biking fanatic and I got his thumbs up approval for this display. Thanks Mom B for keeping this bike out of the land fill and passing it along to us. No you cannot have it back either. Hee hee. In the past 3 days, I have seen 4 snakes in our yard. I fear it is going to be a bad year for snakes seeing so many this soon. I am hoping that maybe with this abnormal hot weather, that many critters are waking from winters naps sooner and they are on the move for food.

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This Rat/Chicken Snake was doing a dance for me. It was the neatest behavior I have ever seen with raising his head like a King Cobra. I believe it was looking for food. It was funny as I went out to snap pictures and then it took off into the woods. I came back inside and no sooner had I sat down at the computer and I spotted it back in the same spot. As if that critter knew exactly where it was going. I watched it for a while then lost track of it. Sheba kitty had her eye on it the entire time and so wanted for me to let her out to play with it. My indoor only kitty wanted to have some WHIMSY, In the Garden...

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25 comments:

  1. I absolutely love whimsey. In the garden or anywhere for that matter. My spouse has another word for it though when I tend in that direction. I ignore her.... :)

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    1. Troutbirder, That is the same thing that goes on around here! The Saint says I am trying to "Redneck" up the gardens. I just laugh and tell him to get out of my gardens. hee hee...

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  2. Love the bike!! I'm surprised the Saint hasn't put his foot down on it. He must like it-maybe because it came from his parents? The snake-too cool. I bet he did know exactly where he was going and what he wanted.

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    1. Tina, I knew you would love the bike! I had written this entire post then linked your bike post and noticed how you talked about Montgomery Wards and Sears! I did not remember that but how ironic we brought up the same subject. We so think a like about many things... When we were asked to take the bike to the trash for Mom B, I said can I have it instead? The Saint said, "Oh No, why do we need that old bike?" I got his approval on this one though. He helped me wire it to the tree. He is slowly coming around Tina. LOL...

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  3. It's really good to "see" you again - funny how spring brings all my gardening friends out of the woodwork (or mulch)!

    Whimsy? I'd RIDE that bike! (I'm all about whimsy too - though I don't find snakes at ALL whimsical.)

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    1. Rebecca, I have been knee deep in mulch the past few weeks! LOL. At first I thought about riding the bike then decided it would be better in the garden. Bike rides would be taking too much time from my garden play. :-) Not to mention, it would have taken a lot of oil to get that rusty thing back on track as it has sat under a house for the last 12 years...

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  4. I am off to attempt to pick up yet another fun thing for the garden.... Last year I missed out as the price was so good they flew off the shelf. Wish me luck...

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  5. I love the bike and enjoy a touch of whimsy. However, I want to ride that bike. It's so darn cute and looks like it's in great shape!

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    1. It would be a nice bike to ride around town! It was kept in a garage for many years then the past 12 years, it was under the crawl space of a house. Heck, it may be worth some money but I like it as is for now...

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  6. I love your new yard ornament. I've been looking for one to put in my garden but have not found one yet. Young'un likes to throw things out if it not useful for the purpose intended. Maybe one day. I hope you have good luck on your purchase.

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    1. Lola, Tina had posted on her bike a while back and I had been looking for a bike ever since. This one just kind of fell into our hands so to speak as we had no idea the Saints parents still had their bikes. We could only find this one as the other one is missing. They cannot remember if they gave it away, donated it or what. I found bikes on Freecycle web site but they were of the newer types and I wanted one with that old classic look.

      No luck on my purchase. It was a small bridge advertised at "The Christmas Tree Shops" They still had 4 of them but they were too small Plus you could not walk on it. Just for pretty and would not serve the purpose for what I had wanted to do with it. So we opt out of that purchase. Bummer... They did have some nice fountains though but the Saint would not bite on them as they cost much more then the little bridge and we have spent a lot of money lately so could not justify it...

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  7. Whimsy in a garden is good for heart and soul. That bike is in really good shape. Sears was a place we shopped many, many years ago too.

    Have a great weekend playing in your garden.

    FlowerLady

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    1. Flowerlady, I think Whimsy makes a garden unique for the gardener. No two gardens are the same ya know. Oh yes Sears was the place to go for so many things. From tools to clothes. I think it was the first Wal-Mart minus the food. They stopped making the catalogs while we lived in Germany and we were heartbroken as we did a lot of catalog shopping. This was before internet shopping to so I guess Sears knew what was coming. I dont know how they survive these days with so much competition...

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  8. Hi Skeeter, the bike and flowers look great, and is a terrific and creative way to recycle. I recently came across a website with ideas for combining bikes and gardens. The address is http://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/mobile-gardening-hot-new-trend-6-ways-bikes-bloom.html. That snake is fascinating, to my knowledge Australian snakes don't do that, they have a much more limited repertoire. They slither, they glide, they curl up. Are your snakes poisonous?

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    1. Catmint, Your website was interesting! I love the different ways people come up with reusing bikes! The Topiery was really neat.

      This snake is not poisonous. The snakes with slender heads are usually not but the ones with a triangle shaped head usually are so we stay clear of those. We have several poisonous species in our neck of the woods. Rattlesnakes, Copperheads, Cottonmouth to name a few. We have only seen one Rattler in our yard and it became the headless Rattlesnake. I regrete killing it but too scared of the fact it might get into my gardens and bite me. I do not need the hassle of going to the emergency room...

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  9. Love the bike in the garden with its baskets full. Perfect!! We have a lot of rocks along our driveway and in the back along the shoreline...perfect place for snakes. I keep my eyes peeled all the time.

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    1. Janet, I have become the Rock Queen lately. LOL I have been using cypress mulch rather then Pine Straw in some platers thus having to hold it in with rocks. I have been getting them from the woods, lake and roadside. When adding the rocks many years ago, I though I would see Lizards on them daily but I rarely see anything on them. I guess because they prefer the retaining Brick Wall instead. Hey, that big skink that I posted on FB yesterday is on his stump again today! Our house sits in the middle of woods so I am always on my guard for snakes. We try to stay clear of the woods during snake season. We keep the woods tidy and that seems to do the trick as we dont really see that many snakes in a season. But this year is starting off with many being seen...

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  10. That bike looks brand new. Did you paint it? It really looks wonderful girl!!! I love it. I will have to check out that bike/garden site. Sounds really interesting.

    I have a slight fear of snakes when not in Maine as we only have small, non poisonous snakes. Probably because of those same reasons I also find them fascinating. He is a cute one. I would have to get him a mouse or something.

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  11. Snakes already! Then, it MUST be spring!

    Love the bicycle planter.

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  12. We found our first snake today...love the whimsy...very creative!

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  13. Cute and clever! :o) I used to work in the catalog dept at Sears in the 80's. They sold everything!!!

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  14. Very pretty eye-catching.Oh the snake has woken up from their long slumber.

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  15. Skeeter girl ! I love your bike ! When we lived in Holland they had bikes make entirely of wood branches and had the branch baskets for the flowers to grow from .. bikes are really cute ideas .. I have none though .. not a lot of room to play with here. No more raccoons !! if it happens again I will sue the pants off of that company .. I still think they had a lot of nerve charging us so much money .. so don't tell me any raccoon jokes for a whole 2 years .. I might feel safe by then ?? Unless I hear any more noise up in that attic !
    EEEKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK !! Those snakes would have me running around in circles screaming .. not a pretty picture .. believe me .. for the snake or me .. Awwwwwwwwwwwww !! Bats are such good creatures to have eat the bad bugs .. although I draw the line of having them in my attic .. I have seen neat bat boxes you can put in your garden though !
    Hey behave yourself girl !!
    Joy : ) wink wink

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  16. Hi

    What a good idea! Your bike looks really lovely with the flowers. I was very surprised to find that the snake has such a tender eye!!

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  17. Love the little touch of whimsy in the garden. I really want to get some precious bit of whimsy for my yard, the husband has to be convinced though. Oh well.

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