Gardening and Landscaping on the shore of Lake Michigan in Zone 4 - Zone 5. The special circumstances, needs and assets, for lake area gardening. Blogs to cover ongoing gardening and plantings, developments and issues, special plants. This is a photo journal of gardening as a hobby, shared with those of like mind.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Gazing Balls in the Garden
The history of the gazing ball is full of lore and legend.For some it is thought to ward off witches, for others it is said to bring happiness and prosperity to those who owned one, and others say that gazing balls bring abundant growth to plants and flowers in their gardens.
Gazing balls began in Venice in the thirteenth century and by the Victorian era they were wide spread throughout Europe and the United States.Francis Bacon even remarked that a “proper garden would have gazing balls for the sun to play upon”.Today there is a resurgence in the use of these decorative balls as focal points in the modern garden.
Here are two inexpensive and easy-to-make modern interpretations of “Gazing Balls” for your garden.
1. Take an old bowling ball (found at a thrift store, better yet unused in your closet or that of a friend, or as is the case here - free after being discarded from an area bowling alley).
2. Using an all-weather glue:attach interesting objects such as;pennies, beach glass, stones, plastic gems, etc.
3. When totally dried:drive a small rod, pipe, or piece of rebar, (12 inches long) into the ground.Mount the “gazing bowling ball” on the post using one of the finger holes.
from the shores of Lake Michigan
from the Piggy Bank
attractive – interesting - a conversation piece - a focal point
Reference Note:For a complete list of the ten (10) Principles of Design used here and throughout Gardens at Waters East, check out the archive postings for November 14 – 24, 2010.
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