kate5kiwis: garden gnome WIP


“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” — Mitsugi Saotome

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

garden gnome WIP

(Work In Progress)
well, last week's brainstorm is coming to life.
here are some of The Extremely Talented Nush's ideas...
transforming this:
into something like this:

so: which one do we like?????
votes and suggestions/ideas please.....


Blogger Da Setiuz Mama said...

Hey Kate!
I like the middle one best. Have you thought about (i'm sure you have as you are such a clever lady ;-) ) what you will do with the rest of the garden to tie it all together, esp as t this has quite a formal feel to it. Isn't technology GREAT for stuff like that!

1:35 PM  
Blogger LeighLeigh said...

Ok - so here is my opinion....I prefer the 1st one - I love the wicker (or what ever it is) fencing, it breaks down the wall so it is not such a stucture (like in photo 2, where the plaster wall could feel a little boxed in. The 3rd photo - with the hedging could be a nightmere to manage, as poor hubby (almost forgot to use code) will have to get out and keep it trimmed (unless you are getting staff - like a gardner... lol)
How very exciting - the sanguine in me wants to pop down and help you do it - or maybe that's the tired mother in me, who thinks that a weekend away gardening is still a break!! lol!!

8:01 PM  
Blogger oacemama said...

I am in between Laura and Leigh on this one...I think the wall is a bit too much...ie that boxed in feeling, but I think that brush fence stuff doesn't stnad up too well over time. Love the koru path thingy...not so sure about the bird bath...maybe you could put pink bubble bath in it!

10:10 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

What great ideas--I like all three. I like the bottom one for the cooler feel--if it is very hot there, that might be nice. If not, the others might be nice. Is that hedging or ivy? Keeeping hedging in order would be a job.

12:51 AM  
Blogger Marie N. said...

WOW! I like the middle diagram the best. However it may be easier to control the growth of the trees pictured in the bottom photo.

I love the garden bench, the fountain on the wall, the walkway, the ivy, all of it.

What material will pave the walk?

And what would The Extremely Talented Nush think of my back yard?

5:28 AM  
Blogger BeachMama said...

Ooh, how exciting. Although I like all three, the first one is my favorite. I would add the water feature on the wall from the other two though. I think those are fun. Just my opinion though, I don't have to live there ;).

6:51 AM  
Blogger Phara Thomas said...

I vote for number one

7:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Kate,

I like the top one the best. It's a definite favourite - so much texture and it's very calming!

Sarah :)

8:59 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I think my favorite is the first one- love the path!!

9:58 AM  
Blogger LeighLeigh said...

Just had another thought....I am about to go for a sleep to get over them all.....I am not too sure about the plant boxes - a bit too Roman - what about getting some terracotta pots (big ones) and putting olive trees in them, and you could have a little Olive Grove, with large silver pebbles (so there will be limited grass management) and lots of flaxy grasses all around - if the look is too structured you will find you have to care for it all the time....from one sanguine to another - caring for it is the boring part, sitting out in it eating and drinking - well you see that's the fun bit!!

12:17 PM  
Blogger LeighLeigh said...

actually to save money - don't get pots for the Olive trees just plant them in the ground - maybe have a lemon and lime tree - make it real southern Italy.

I am so sanguine I can't even put my thoughts into just one comment - I think this is it for now....

I just got quite a tricky word verification thing - I think I passed though...here goes....lol

12:19 PM  
Blogger LeighLeigh said...

yup I did get it right - phew!

12:21 PM  
Blogger Rach said...

whichever one makes *you* think of France!!!!

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Jen said...

I like the 2nd one best
i love the centre part

6:07 PM  
Blogger Barb the Evil Genius said...

I like the middle choice best also. I like the shape of the trees, and the fence is not too overwhelming. But I would like to stand in the very middle, by the fountain, and start chanting "Follow the yellow brick road." Guess what movie that is from! ;)

4:36 AM  
Blogger kate5kiwis said...

far out you gorgeous girls!!!!!
thanks *so* much for all the feedback:
i am actually thinking that this little exercise has turned out like a Personality Test lol.
knowing some of you, i've had a few giggles about your preference :o)

ok. have decided to go very kiwi, very informal, meandering.
little flaxes /grasses (that don't get totally outta control) sound like me, and the green ground cover is actually herbal grass, which grows horizontally, so it won't need mowing, lol.

the thing i love about the first one is the brushwood. but only on the back wall. am gonna keep the other two sides as they are: painted house/fence.

the bird bath that i am looking at acquiring/making is here. but i'd like it to be a metre high, and there'll be no bubble bath, lol.
***does anyone have any know-how about a D.I.Y. bird bath?????***

nush and i are going to make our own planter pots for the olives from cast-off wooden pallets and plaster them over chicken wire, to give a smooth *mud* look.
and i *love* the lemon-lime tree idea.

the koru ("road to oz", lol barb, D17 was in *that* school production four years ago!!) path is going to be concrete with exposed aggregate (or some of the sifted shells from lucy's pit lol)

there will be two garden seats: one along the brushwood wall, and one along the house wall: made from railway sleepers.

:o) thanks again for all the ideas/suggestions/enthusiasm:
hubby is now making plans to attack it during the two-week-school-holidays which start in a week's time!!!!!!!!!!

8:36 AM  
Anonymous Mr. Concrete Statue said...

I like the bottom one best. I especially like the concrete bird bath.

8:59 AM  

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