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Team Whimsy or Team Traditional?

By Trish
July 31, 2011

This week's article takes a peak at the inside of our gardens. Would you describe yourself as being a whimsical gardener, or more traditional?

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Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
Jul 30, 2011 6:30 PM CST
I'd have to say team whimsy here. My lawn is a mixture of weeds and grass. I put plants where ever I take a notion. I have a cedar log bench, a trellis that used to be the decorative grill on a storm door and a rock painted to look like something else.
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Jul 30, 2011 6:41 PM CST
I would put myself in team whimsy too!! Often my best plants are the volunteers, the ones that "tell me where they want to be" in the garden. I love surprises the most and find that mother nature usually knows better than I do! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Jul 30, 2011 6:59 PM CST
Definitely a whimsy here Smiling
Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Sheila_FW
Jul 30, 2011 8:24 PM CST
Most definately team whimsy!
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Jul 30, 2011 8:40 PM CST
Me, too. I like the element of formality only in the outline structures. A decorative fence to separate my front yard from the neighbor's. Brick or pavers trenched in around the beds. That kind of thing. But in the beds or on the house, I like resin garden gnomes, concrete flamingos, solar system whirlygigs, delicate wind chimes on shepherd's crooks, oversized teacup planters, clear glass turtles, Talavera sun faces, and wooden sunflower pinwheels. Using leftover supplies, old crockery, and found materials in the garden is fun for me. I have almost 100 cobalt blue bull nose-edged ceramic tiles that I found for $0.07 each at a Habitat for Humanity store. My sister put an acrylic surround in the hall bath and gave me the butter yellow ceramic tiles she pulled down. Also kept broken pieces of plates and bowls. I'm planning to make a potting table using the tiles as surfacing and the broken dishes as a backboard...when it cools down sometime in December. LOL
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Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Jul 31, 2011 12:41 AM CST
100 % Team Whimsy for me!

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And for a totally fun, whimsical experience, check out the bird houses of ATP members at the Garden Arts forum:
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 31, 2011 4:34 AM CST
Team Whimsy for me. I crossed over around 10 years ago. No stiff, formal, rules for me. With age I am learning more & more as well as appreciating more & more how to relax & accept what plants do naturally. You really can't fight Mother Nature; you'll wear yourself out trying to!
Give me a relaxed garden with surprises around this corner or that & I feel comfortable either being in my own or as a visitor to others. I'm beginning to not even enjoy looking at the formal, rule laden gardens. They stifle my breathing even while looking from afar.
I've gone all casual & natural both inside & out, physically & metaphorically.

Ann
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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Horseshoe
Jul 31, 2011 7:25 AM CST
I enjoy the whimsy garden but seldom take time to create fun stuff to put in the garden(s). I dream about it though! I sure know my attention is more easily grabbed by unusual features in a garden (or farm) much more than the traditional "Lawn/flowerbeds" look.

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Shoe (whimsy at heart; too lazy to implement it!)
FL. Panhandle (Zone 8a)
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weeds
Jul 31, 2011 9:07 AM CST
Whimsy for sure here. No doubt. Big Grin
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Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Jul 31, 2011 10:09 AM CST
Same here Shoe, more whimsey in my heart and thoughts than in reality. Oh well, at least we're headed in the right direction Thumbs up
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jul 31, 2011 10:49 AM CST
Informal Whimsy here! I'm an informal gal and prefer being in shorts, t-shirt and barefoot moseying around a garden of native plants and flowers ... or sitting on a bench beneath a tree with a glass of iced tea in hand ... viewing a natural setting. I want leaves or pine straw beneath my feet and the green view to be from the foliage of trees and other plants, not a wide expanse of lawn that requires chemicals, water and mowing! Smiling
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Jul 31, 2011 1:42 PM CST
Becky, I LOVE the chalkboard guy. He's my kinda garden guide, doncha know. Thumbs up
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Jul 31, 2011 1:58 PM CST
Thanks Debra. He was once a menu guy...I repainted him and chopped his chef hat off!
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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
Jul 31, 2011 2:26 PM CST
This guy has been in my kitchen for several years. About 10 inches tall. But after meeting your menu guy, I think mine will be much happier outside with the basil, parsley, chives, and pineapple sage. Smiling



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Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
finding joy one day at a time!
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Art Purslane Garden Ideas: Master Level
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Boopaints
Jul 31, 2011 2:28 PM CST
He's very cute, Debra... and in your case, you wouldn't even need to shop his hat off since he's looking over the fresh herbs!
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jul 31, 2011 4:11 PM CST
Oh, I love the "Menu" Guys! I once had a fat ceramic pig in chef's hat holding a chalkboard. I didn't really like it and gave it away ... oh how cute it would have been as garden art!
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Name: Stephanie Gonzales
Texas (Zone 8a)
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StephGTx
Jul 31, 2011 5:48 PM CST
Whimsy here Hurray!
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Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
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Ridesredmule
Jul 31, 2011 6:38 PM CST
I own a mule and I'm supposed to be a little different.
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Yep, even my dog is laughing....
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
Jul 31, 2011 8:34 PM CST
What a great dog face!
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Jul 31, 2011 9:32 PM CST
Whimsical for me, but I try not to overdo it. I rotate some things so there's not more object than plant interest. A garden visitor posted that she liked my garden because although it had interesting art objects, "it didn't look like a craft store had thrown up in her yard." I hope that was a compliment!

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