GBDW – Garden Whimsy Wrap-Up

– Posted in: Garden Design

My fellow garden bloggers, I stand in awe of your collective whimsicality. I mean, I know you’re not a boring bunch, but really, I’m floored by your enthusiastic response to this month’s Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop topic. It’s been a real treat to see how each of you ran with the theme and put your own particular spin on it. We’ve experienced some ways that whimsy varies from region to region, and we’ve learned some great stories behind your personal collections. From classic garden gnomes to graceful faces, from funny names to silly-looking plants, seeing the various ways we gardeners find to bring a smile to our own faces and those of others has been a true delight.

I do apologize for taking so long to visit some of you – so much whimsy, so little time, don’t you know – but I think I’ve finally made it around to visit each of you who left a link on this month’s kick-off post. If I missed you, please leave me a reminder here so I can add you to the main list.

And now, in no particular order, an abundance of links to a whole lot of garden-blogging fun!

Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop – Garden Whimsy (Nan at Gardening Gone Wild): Kick-off post for this month’s topic.

Faces in the Garden (Fran at Gardening Gone Wild): Whimsical or spiritual (or both)? Whichever way you choose to describe them, faces seem to be a popular choice for garden accents, based on this month’s responses. Check out Fran’s take on the topic.

A Little Whimsy in the Garden (Frances at Faire Garden): No one does whimsy like Frances, and she came up with a brilliant contribution for this month’s topic. If you haven’t yet read the story of the Bongo Congos, go now! (Then come back, of course.)

Got Whimsy? (Steve at Gardening Gone Wild): Steve offers images of some of his favorite bits of whimsy, from his own garden and others.

A Touch of the Whimsical (Phillip at Dirt Therapy): For someone who thought he didn’t have much whimsy in his garden, Phillip managed to come through with quite a few fun and quirky garden ornaments for us to enjoy.

Whimsy in the Garden (Carol at May Dreams Gardens): Think you don’t have fairies in your garden? Check out Carol’s list of signs to watch for, and you may find out that you really do – and you’d better start treating them right!

Fierce Creatures (MMD at Mr. McGregor’s Daughter): Who knew what dangers lurk along the deceptively welcoming paths of Squirrelhaven? MMD enlightens us on the dangers facing unwary visitors to her garden.

A Bit of Whimsy (Lisa at Greenbow): From gazing balls to festive fairies, Lisa shares the stories behind some of her favorite bits of whimsy that grace the gardens of Greenbow.

The Gaudy Garden (Nan at Gardening Gone Wild): Ornaments are one way to add personality to your garden; using color creatively is another.

Just a Bit of Garden Whimsy! (Shady Gardener at Does Everything Grow Better in My Neighbor’s Yard?): Take a fun tour through Shady’s garden to experience her variety of charming whimsy. Even her plants have something to say!

GBDW – Garden Whimsy (VP at Veg Plotting): VP’s bits of whimsy may have been impulse acquisitions, but they add lasting enjoyment and amusement to her garden; don’t miss them! She also shared some wilder versions of whimsy in her post Garden Centre Kitsch.

Ladybug (Eve at Gardening on the Gulf Coast): Finding bits of whimsy to buy is a thrill, but it’s even more fun when you can make your own, as Eve did. See how she transformed a boring bowling ball into a delightful garden accent.

Garden Bloggers Design Workshop on Garden Whimsy: Guard Frogs and Garden Names (HG at Heirloom Gardener): HG’s version of garden whimsy may be subtle, but it’s still fun, so be sure to check it out.

Garden Whimsy! (Layanee at Ledge and Gardens): From glass globes to cute critters – and yes, even a few plastic flowers! – Laynee’s collection of garden whimsy is sure to make you smile.

Name That Garden (Nan At Hayefield): Not comfortable with obvious ornaments or shocking colors? Choosing plants with fanciful or theme-related names is a subtler way to have fun in your garden.

I Get Whimsical with a Little Help from My Friends (Annie at The Transplantable Rose): Annie gives us a tour of whimsy in her gardens, past and present, and reminds us that the memories behind motion-detecting frogs and silly signs are even more valuable than the items themselves.

Whimsy (Gail at Clay and Limestone): From superbly silly to elegantly abstract, Gail’s garden whimsy is a joy to behold. Do go over for a visit (but be sure to ring the doorbell first)!

Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop (Craig at Ellis Hollow): Bottle trees, quirky containers, and a plastic flamingo – oh my! Craig shares his own take on whimsy and treats us to a tour of whimsy in some of his friends’ gardens as well.

Backyard OCD (East-Side-Patch): Check out ESP’s fun in the garden, central-Texas style, here and in Everything is Falling Apart and – aw, goodness, just read the whole blog; it’s hysterical.

Papyrus Daydream (Lois at Lois de Vries’ Garden Views): Can plants be whimsical? You bet! Check out the shaggy glory of Lois’ papyrus to see for yourself.

The Lawn Police (Our Friend Ben): We all know that garden whimsy is a very personal thing – but watch out that you don’t run afoul of the Lawn Police! You’ll also want to check out the story of The Gazing Ball Thief.

The Scarecrow (Christopher C at Outside Clyde): Christopher transforms some unpromising scrap lumber into a wonderfully whimsical garden accent.

Garden of Earthly Delights (Michelle Derviss): All of you appreciators of whimsy need to treat yourself to Michelle’s slide show – I guarantee you’ll find it a delight!

At Least I Sort of Have a Theme (Heather at Heather’s Garden): For someone who claims to be “not much…for whimsy,” Heather sure has a good start on a collection of fun frogs for her garden.

Pieces of Flair (Kim at Blithewold): Kris has ventured beyond the bounds of Blithewold to show us how the folks in Bristol, Rhode Island, have fun in their gardens.

Gnomeless (VP at Veg Plotting): VP treats us to a great overview of gnome history and some must-see links to current gnomes in the news.

Nancy J. Ondra
Nan gardens on 4 acres in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In the firm belief that every garden ought to have a pretentious-sounding (or at least pretentious-looking) name, she refers to her home grounds as "Hayefield." There, she experiments with a wide variety of plants and planting styles, from cottage gardens and color-based borders to managed meadows, naturalistic plantings, and veggies--all under the watchful eyes of her two pet alpacas, Daniel and Duncan.
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Tina Ramsey July 31, 2008, 8:00 am

Is it too late to get in on this? I have posted my whimsy post at:


Not at all too late, Tina. I was hoping to hear from you on this topic, and I look forward to seeing what you’ve come up with!

Dave July 31, 2008, 9:05 am

I posted mine but never mentioned it over here here is the link:

So sorry I missed it the first time around, Dave. Thanks so much for sharing the link!

Jim July 31, 2008, 8:40 pm

Busy month here at the International Headquarters of Garden Walk Buffalo. here’s my whimsy bit. Sorry so late.

Hey, Jim – technically you still have about 3 hours to go, so you’re really not late. I’m astounded that you found the time at all, what with the Garden Walk media frenzy. Thanks so much!

gina August 1, 2008, 8:14 am

I am such a dork! I preposted my Garden Whimsy post for today, AFTER the month and workshop were over! UGH!

Hey, don’t be calling one of our friends a dork! Your post still counts. You really had me at first, thinking that finally someone was going to come out to claim that they had NO whimsy at all in their garden. But I see that you too have fallen prey to it – it’s kind of like a virus, you know? A peace sign here, a ceramic statue there, and before you know it, gazing balls, gnomes, and pink flamingos everywhere if you’re not careful. In fact, didn’t someone say something about the price of garden whimsy being eternal vigilance? (Or something like that, anyway…)

Tina Ramsey August 1, 2008, 4:59 pm

I guess I am late. I like the name Tina Whimsy Ramsey. I don’t get follow up comments from this blog so I wind up a bit behind-sorry! I will do better checking comments and responses in the future. I have an AWESOME HUGE wisteria arbor/privacy screen/trellis I will be posting about this month. I already had it prepared months ago but was waiting for this workshop. I will try to get it in early but kind of like the last day of the month for the design workshop, that is why I was so late on whimsy.

We certainly know how hard it is to keep up with writing and comments on your own blog, let alone reading and commenting on others, Tina, so no worries! For now, here’s a direct link to your post Whimsy in the Garden. I’ll be sure to add you to the main list, too.

Young Hi Lee August 2, 2008, 4:33 pm

I am an amatuar gardener, a watercolcr painter , and a scupltor. I am interest in a scuplture install in garden. Your five-foot spirals is very beatiful as a scuplture or stakes for plants. It is much enhanced the beauty of nature.

Thanks for your comment. Those spirals are sold by Gardener’s Supply Company as tomato stakes, but they didn’t work as well as I’d hoped for that purpose. Still, they were too quirky to waste, so they became garden art!

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