Some New Garden Art

Perhaps it’s not really art, more like garden tchotchkes (Yiddish for a decorative trinket).  Who am I to say which is which? Art or tchotchkes, I wanted more for the garden, especially bird-related items.


I wish I had time to explore flea markets, art fairs, and garage sales. After retirement, perhaps. As it is, frequent travel for work puts time at a premium.

And so I turn to the internet, where I found this Northern Cardinal made out of recycled metal. I think a metal Cardinal is a good decoration for a Midwestern garden. My only complaint is that he’s missing the black bib he should have under his beak.

Even so, I’m pleased with him. He’ll stay under the young Crabapple tree in the back garden for now. He needs a name, though. I might even get him some companions.

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Also, you may recall we used to have a wheelbarrow planter in the back garden. This was an old, rusty wheelbarrow inherited from the former owners of our house. It lasted a good dozen years for us, but finally it capitulated to the inevitable and rusted out. For a replacement, I found this, which is also made out of recycled materials.

Before planting it up, I doused it in sealant. I also added a plastic liner with slits so that water could escape between the bottom boards.


Then I planted it up with white Pansies.


When I was done, I felt I had done my bit for garden art. Or tchotchkes.


44 Comments on “Some New Garden Art”

  1. The cardinal will look even better when all the bulbs around it start to flower! When our kids were young I got them to help me fill an old wheelbarrow in the front garden with pansies, and it was a nice way to get to know neighbors, because everybody commented on them.

  2. I think your cardinal is rather handsome and the new wheelbarrow is reminiscent of old farmyard gardens which inevitably have one out front here, usually planted with begonias! Your ‘tchotchkes’ is what we call ‘kitsch’ here and there is a fine line between that and art which I often cross myself… After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder! 😉

  3. I like “Chuck” or “Bob”! The bright red “garden art” I have at the moment is a dog toy that has been left outside. The wheel barrow and pansies are charming.
    What I most envy is what looks like weed-free growing areas in your back garden. My beds are inundated with creeping Charlie, henbane, dandelions, wild onions, and worst of all, bindweed.

  4. I like your redbird. That is what most people call Cardinals. Your wheelbarrow looks like the old fashioned ones I used to see in garden pictures. It is nice that you have it planted up already.

  5. Love the wheelbarrow! I’m a huge fan of garden “tchotchkes” and have a whack of them set aside for when I’ve gotten the borders under control – a few of them are destined to come out of hiding this year as a couple of areas are finally in good enough shape.

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