Irises forum: what non plant things would you add to your garden/irises/yards

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Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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creativeclover
Aug 4, 2015 7:01 PM CST
I will be doing some yard renovations when money allow (which wont be soon though). Things I would like to add is a small grain mill with water wheel (fell in love with them when I did a trip to Missouri as a kid and saw a few). It would be located on a small stream (man maid) flowing into a pond. I would recirculate the water for the river flow and if possible use the water wheel to help generate some of the electricity for the pond pump. Also I would like to add a wishing well into the landscape.

What kinds of things would you add to your garden/yard non plant wise?
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Aug 4, 2015 8:11 PM CST
I'm pretty much at my limit with a bird bath and a few garden ornaments. I would love a waterfall of some kind, but it's not practical -- I have more than I can take care of with things as they are. Your plans sound wonderful.
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Name: Missy
SC (Zone 8a)
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Zazinnia
Aug 4, 2015 8:23 PM CST
At my previous home, we had a small fish pond (plastic with a pump and fountain ). We kept gold fish in there. I really enjoyed it.
Here we have a couple of bird baths and ornaments. That is plenty for us now.
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Name: Patrick
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
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Denman55
Aug 5, 2015 3:58 AM CST
I would add a garden statue of St. Francis (I used to be a Franciscan friar). That would make my Iris garden complete ! Smiling
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Aug 5, 2015 4:27 AM CST
I am always on the lookout for benches, old gates, pieces of wooden fencing and I use a lot of old wooden handled garden tools in my garden. I also have the usual bird baths and concrete frogs and turtles. I am adding the old garden tools to a fence so that is an ongoing project and I pick up galvanized buckets whenever I find them. I like them so much better than regular planters. I also add any old iron wheels I find.
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Aug 5, 2015 5:37 AM CST
So Patrick -- I don't think I know any other *used to be* friars. Did you retire?

I wouldn't think it would be at all difficult to find a statue of St. Francis -- if you're not fussy about the size...........???
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Aug 5, 2015 5:38 AM CST
I added a cast iron rabbit to the garden this spring. I had hoped if he was put in the center of the snow crocus patch I would know where they were when they went dorment. turns out this spring, most of them had dies so will have to plant some others. Never had crocus die before. Anyhow it is leaping out of the garden bed towards the lawn. No I don't have a photo ☺.
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Aug 5, 2015 5:52 AM CST
I always add a few ornaments and solar lights. DH picked me up a small tiki head a couple of weeks ago. I still haven't decided where to put it.

The waterwheel sounds great!
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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creativeclover
Aug 5, 2015 6:07 AM CST
Celia, Its something I fell in love with as a kid for some reason and add in the water which is relaxing. Altogether, once its done I would think it would be a peaceful environment,
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Aug 5, 2015 6:13 AM CST
It most certainly would! Be sure to show pictures when it's done. Thumbs up
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Aug 5, 2015 6:26 AM CST
yes, I want to see it too. I do not have a water feature in my garden. It would be a snake habitat here. I have friends with ponds and falls and they are lovely. I love the sound of water in a garden and it does bring birds and wildlife.
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Aug 5, 2015 6:31 AM CST
Bonnie -- that's why we never dug a pond here on our farm. I don't need to be attracting snakes!!! Blinking
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Name: Patrick
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
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Denman55
Aug 5, 2015 6:51 AM CST
Muddymitts said:So Patrick -- I don't think I know any other *used to be* friars. Did you retire?

I wouldn't think it would be at all difficult to find a statue of St. Francis -- if you're not fussy about the size...........???


LOL, I'm sure there aren't to many people who have actually met or known a Franciscan friar, LOL,
No, I left the Order in 1981 after spending 8-years in the Order.

I did find a really nice statue of St. Francis at a local Supermarket, but they sold out early in the Summer season (Drats!), so I'm gonna have to wait till next year, coz that really is the statue I want for my garden.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Aug 5, 2015 7:11 AM CST
I want something like this:
Thumb of 2015-08-05/lovemyhouse/3a91a9

...or this (maybe AND this Big Grin ):
Thumb of 2015-08-05/lovemyhouse/042293

If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Aug 5, 2015 7:33 AM CST
I love metal art in the garden. especially if it is left to rust a bit. And if it has parts that move with a breeze it is really great. I like glass too. When the sun hits the glass even on a winters evening it just sings.
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Aug 5, 2015 7:49 AM CST
Those are really cool, Deb!!
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Name: Richard
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creativeclover
Aug 5, 2015 8:06 AM CST
Debra, those are pretty cool.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Aug 5, 2015 8:37 AM CST
Both are on eBay, I just have to save my pennies to get one (or both Hilarious! ).
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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creativeclover
Aug 5, 2015 8:59 AM CST
I know the feeling all to well Debra.
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Aug 5, 2015 9:58 AM CST
Do they have more than one?
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