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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Mar 23, 2010 8:54 AM CST
Hi folks,

I've got the hostas. About 150 varieties in a city lot (and I still have a small veggie garden too).

The hostas are beginning to mature, but the gardens have very little of anything else except a few companion plants.

What I'm looking for is ideas for garden art that don't cost an arm and a leg to carry out. What have you done with your gardens? I think the only thing I have is a couple of viola playing frogs.

Ann

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Ann

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Name: Kristy
Tennessee
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SpinQueen
Mar 23, 2010 9:45 AM CST
Ann, I LOVE your little frogs!! They are so cute!!
My husband found these for me last year at a yard sale. They are random copper bugs with beads on them.
I also have toad houses as you know, frogs love to hide under hostas. I just tuck a house somewhere & they will get in it.

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Name: Kristy
Tennessee
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SpinQueen
Mar 23, 2010 9:46 AM CST
here is a mosquito lol
Some of these have plain 'ol marbles in them.

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Name: Kristy
Tennessee
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SpinQueen
Mar 23, 2010 9:49 AM CST
a big butterfly

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Name: Kristy
Tennessee
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SpinQueen
Mar 23, 2010 9:52 AM CST
here is a toad house with a resident. You really can't see, but it's tucked between 2 hostas & it's somewhat hidden.

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Name: Diann
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Ticker
Mar 23, 2010 9:54 AM CST

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Cute. :)
Name: Elizabeth
Iowa, zone 5a
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conifers
Mar 23, 2010 2:16 PM CST
Kristy is that a real toad in there?

I used to have about 6 ceramic brightly painted mushrooms that I really liked. However I didn't bring them in the house last winter and they were all badly damaged so I pitched them. I bought each of them on sale for $20 or less. I probably won't replace them because they really didn't fit in that well. Now I'm leaning more towards stone and metal for garden art pieces.

I have not put out my other pieces of garden art for the year yet - they include a granite owl, a bronze sundial on a stand and a small copper birdbath on a slender stand. Each of those pieces varied in price from $50-$150.
Elizabeth
Name: Kit and Gary
Springville, Ia
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kitgary
Mar 23, 2010 6:17 PM CST
out of necessity we have had to come up with something to protect some of our more valued hostas. It seems there are a few bunnies in the area that love to knock down flower scapes and eat them. In order to protect these hostas we have devised a method that seems to work quite well and could qualify as garden art. I am talking about bird cages. The ones we use are certainly not art, but there are a lot of fancy bird cages available a person can pick up for little or nothing. One placed over a small hosta would make an amusing conversation piece.

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Name: Kit and Gary
Springville, Ia
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kitgary
Mar 23, 2010 6:23 PM CST
Here is a piece we picked up this past fall. We aren't sure exactly where we are going with it yet.

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Name: Diann
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Ticker
Mar 23, 2010 7:22 PM CST

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Oh yeah, I like that arch... Smiling Nice. :)
Name: Kit and Gary
Springville, Ia
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kitgary
Mar 25, 2010 1:47 AM CST
Yeah the darn thing followed me home from Brucemore last fall. I can't seem to be able to go to Brucemore without something following me home.

Gary
Name: Diann
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Ticker
Mar 25, 2010 9:26 AM CST

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Ooooh, that is what you all were off doing when I was cooling my heels waiting for the elusive LeAnn to show up.... LOL
Name: Karen
Watertown, WI (Zone 5a)
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kaylyred
May 2, 2010 6:53 PM CST
I thought I'd add my cute little dragon here. He's keeping watch over 'Regal Splendor.' (Can you believe I got that plant a couple weeks ago for $8? It has 16 eyes!)



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Name: Diann
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Ticker
May 2, 2010 7:17 PM CST

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Very nice! :)
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
May 2, 2010 8:42 PM CST
I like bird baths , they add height, they generally cost less than statuary and are useful too.

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Name: Diann
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Ticker
May 2, 2010 9:32 PM CST

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That works too. :)
Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
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Christine27360
May 4, 2010 6:15 PM CST
You guys have such cute ideas!!
I have a bird bath too. One odd thing is that the dogs have figured out that it has water in it and use it as a water dish... weird. Also have a Garden Angel (the wings fell off this winter - I forgot to bring it in)... so I need to cement those back on.
The other thing I have in my garden are metal things - like old tractor wheels and old milk cans and other odd old metal items I found in the woods on the back 40. Oh and I have an old metal gate (antique thing)!!
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
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Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Heucheras I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 2 I sent a postcard to Randy! Keeps Horses
Region: Minnesota Birds Raises cows Cat Lover Hostas Farmer
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Christine27360
May 4, 2010 6:18 PM CST
Gary -- what is the Hosta in your profile? It is beautiful!!!
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Name: Kit and Gary
Springville, Ia
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kitgary
May 5, 2010 5:01 AM CST
Christine, that is a seedling we got last year from Bob Axmear in Waukon, IA. He grows some amazing things and we were very lucky to be gifted with a few!
Kit
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
May 5, 2010 9:49 AM CST
I'm jealous!
Ann

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