A Walkie Round The (New) Garden Part 2

‘How many kinds of decor can go

In an English country garden

I’ll show you now of some that I know

and a few you might find hard to pardon’

(with apologies to the original 18th century folk song ‘In An English Country Garden)

In part one, I gave you a glimpse of some of the ideas put into play in the garden by the previous owner of our new house.  Mr. Tialys is less than enamoured by the use of the black plastic mulch and gravel everywhere but he has since seen signs of the dreaded ground elder so at least he understands why she might have gone down that slightly ugly road.

She also had some weird and (sometimes) wonderful ideas about outdoor décor and I’ve been having fun seeking them out in nooks and crannies all over the garden.

I’ve always wanted a weather vane and this one on the garage roof is appropriate considering we are in an area with much horsey business going on as they stable and train racehorses in this area.

That one was easy to spot but the rest have been placed in semi-hidden places around the garden and I’ve been, by turns, delighted and astounded (!) by some of the choices.

I’ll leave you to decide which ones evoked which reaction,













Which one is your favourite?  Would you give any of them house garden room?

I’ll give you a heads up and tell you that the last one is my favourite but that’s because we brought him with us from our garden in France much to the annoyance of the removal men because it weighs a ton.

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  1. #1 by knettycraft on December 8, 2020 - 08:28

    😂😂😂… I like the dog, too! But I guess every piece could be decoration – it depends on the place, surrounding and amount of pieces? … all together are a no go! I would remove the black pot… looks like a plate mine 🙈

    • #2 by tialys on December 15, 2020 - 19:35

      It does indeed look like a plate mine and will be turfed out in the fulness of time. The dog is a gargoyle and was bought in England about 20 years ago, moved with us to France and, together with another gargoyle (not pictured) has now returned to England again nicely aged and mossy.

  2. #3 by DawnGillDesigns on December 8, 2020 - 09:01

    The trouble is, I find, people give you ornaments and then you have to house them, unless you can do better at persuading your other half to allow you to regift / donate. than I manage to. Most of the stuff we get ends up being taken to the allotment as MrG doesn’t want to risk offending the giver, which has resulted in the allotment looking even more Steptoe-ish and the people there thinking that we chose the decs, which in turn means we get given more. I have failed, terribly!!

    • #4 by tialys on December 15, 2020 - 19:32

      We have a metal chicken (not pictured) that was given to Mr. T. for a significant birthday by some good friends of ours. It’s colourful and is made from repurposed oil cans so you’ve got to admire the ingenuity and I actually quite like it. However, I know what you mean about not wanting to offend and your allotment is a good way to sideline some of them.

  3. #5 by Jamie@hookthisweavethat on December 8, 2020 - 09:34

    Interesting 🤔 I like the last one. It works well and can see why you brought if with you. The chimney pot I can go with as long as you put some nice plants in it to tumble over the sides. The heron has its uses if your pond has fish in it. It will keep the real ones away. A
    Though I think they twig eventually 🤫. I did wonder if there was ground elder when I saw your last post. Sounds like there may be a lot of digging in Mr Ts future. .

    • #6 by tialys on December 15, 2020 - 19:29

      It won’t be as much digging as there was in France which will be a relief and the soil is more forgiving – even with the weeds – as we were on very rocky soil over there.

  4. #7 by craftycreeky on December 8, 2020 - 10:07

    I like the rusty arum lily – and the stone head 🙂 You do have to wonder at some of them!

    • #8 by tialys on December 15, 2020 - 19:27

      Also my two favourites – plus the weather vane.

  5. #9 by Wild Daffodil on December 8, 2020 - 10:22

    HaHa!!!! That frog made me hoot! And is the black circle a saucepan lid? I expect some of those delights have already found the bin. The rusty bike has a charm, and might look great swamped by nasturiums or sweetpeas.

    • #10 by tialys on December 15, 2020 - 19:24

      A pot lid – of very little interest in and of itself – harbouring a nest of wood lice. Why?

  6. #11 by katechiconi on December 8, 2020 - 10:38

    I like the steel pigeon, the rusty arum, the stone cat and the heron. I’d keep the rusty bike too, and give it a basket full of trailing something or other. But I think I might like them all better in different places! Love your adaptation of the folk song, too 🙂

    • #12 by tialys on December 15, 2020 - 19:22

      Yes! I’m surprised I haven’t had any more votes for the rusty arum – probably one of the classier adornments I’d say. Mass re-organisation of things – and some won’t survive – will take place as soon as there’s nothing more pressing to do.

  7. #13 by claire93 on December 8, 2020 - 11:40

    it’s like a treasure hunt, going around your new garden in search of oddities ^^ I have to say, I like the rusty bike, the petal bird and heron! I’d move the heron to beside the pond, or would that attract more heron to come and feast on fishes? Love the wind vane too!

    • #14 by tialys on December 15, 2020 - 19:19

      I’m 50/50 with the rusty bike but it will probably stay as it’s not big enough to cause offence and the others you mention are all keepers.

  8. #15 by Carol on December 8, 2020 - 12:05

    I love the last one, we have something similar ourselves…. We are still in France as our ‘Sale’ fell through. Fingers crossed, we get some interest in the New Year. What will be, will be.

    • #16 by tialys on December 15, 2020 - 19:17

      I’m trying not to think about the French end of things at the moment. Next year we’ll start again with it as, although there’s no mortgage, the taxe foncière and taxe d’habitation are expensive and there will be maintenance to do once the garden starts up again. Still, as you say, what will be will be.

  9. #17 by CurlsnSkirls on December 8, 2020 - 16:21

    O me, O my — how to choose!
    That last is a keeper, for sure, and possibly the cat as well…
    Repaint the frog for the pond, where the heron might wander?
    Of course the weather vane stays!
    Crockery I have no use for in a garden unless it’s on a table with food inside.
    Now you & the Mister go have some fun with it all!

    • #18 by tialys on December 15, 2020 - 19:14

      There are quite a few other pieces of crockery and other types of ceramics scattered around – all will probably go.

      • #19 by CurlsnSkirls on December 16, 2020 - 16:24

        If only there were buried treasure somewhere beneath the crockery.

      • #20 by tialys on December 18, 2020 - 12:13

        Now that would be something.

      • #21 by CurlsnSkirls on December 19, 2020 - 14:55


  10. #22 by sewsouk on December 8, 2020 - 17:22

    Weather vane, dog, lily and petal bird to stay. Mine and rusty bike to go! Was it a mine or is there something underneath of value? I have a friend who casts sculptures in bronze- he gets very upset at garden decor requests!

    • #23 by tialys on December 15, 2020 - 19:13

      The dog is a gargoyle of sorts but, yes, he’s ours and moved to France with us and now back to England again and has become nicely aged. There is nothing under the ‘mine’ except for a nest of wood lice who will have to find somewhere else to live.

  11. #24 by kathyreeves on December 9, 2020 - 04:56

    You have found so many little surprises already! The kitty looks pretty happy too, though a little weathered! The last one is wonderful, I’m not sure I’d be up for most of he metal work. It will be interesting to see what you keep and how you incorporate it.

    • #25 by tialys on December 15, 2020 - 19:11

      I think there will be a lot of ‘reorganising’ going on once we have prioritised the tasks to be done both inside and out.

  12. #26 by nanacathy2 on December 9, 2020 - 15:46

    If it were me. I would keep the weather vane and throw away all the previous owners things, as it’s your home now.

    • #27 by tialys on December 15, 2020 - 19:10

      It is but I rather like the rusty heron and pigeon and the weather vane and my gargoyle are definitely here to stay.

  13. #28 by cedar51 on December 10, 2020 - 04:40

    Not sure if anyone has said “look in to see if they are collectables” – there might be a market even if they are slightly rusty or broken

    • #29 by tialys on December 15, 2020 - 19:09

      There might be but I won’t hold my breath 😉

  14. #30 by Lynda on December 14, 2020 - 14:27

    I had an item I wanted to bring to our garden here, but Bob refused to let it make the trip due to its weight. Hurray for you that you got to bring your hefty garden dog! As for what you’ve found in place, well, the weather vane is perfect and I liked the heron and the chimney pipe. The heron needs some refurbishing and I would fill the chimney pipe with houseleeks. Guess I’m the only one who likes the chimney pipe. Q: What IS that black thing in the photo between the kitten and the chimney pipe?

    There were no things to find in the gardens here. Seems “Old Lady Gaines'” family came and carted it all away after she died. Plants, tchotchkes and all. Her gardens were well known and appreciated in our area. I guess the peonies were sleeping and they missed them. They certainly were a beautiful surprise for me. I can’t wait to see what lovely surprises pop up this spring and summer in your new garden!

    • #31 by tialys on December 15, 2020 - 19:09

      The hefty item is actually a gargoyle and we have another that is in a seated position. We did have a dog in the French garden – it actually looked more like a dingo – which really was too heavy to move so we left him there. I like the chimney pot/pipe too although I prefer one we bought with us that is unglazed terracotta. The black thing is a pot lid!!! As somebody else has pointed out, it looks like a mine and it definitely won’t be staying.

      • #32 by Lynda on December 17, 2020 - 20:22

        “… it looks like a mine and it definitely won’t be staying.” LOL!

        Yes, 86 that for sure. I have several terracotta items for my garden, but I have to pack them in the barn in fall because of all the freezing and thawing that goes on here. Do you have that issue there?

      • #33 by tialys on December 18, 2020 - 12:13

        It survived in S.W.France but I’ll let you know how it gets on in S.W.England although it is a real chimney pot which originally came from England so I imagine it was built to withstand the weather.

  15. #34 by Thistles and Kiwis on December 15, 2020 - 07:06

    I like the little elf.

    • #35 by tialys on December 15, 2020 - 18:51

      That’s good – I think he was feeling a bit ignored.

  16. #36 by Susan Nixon on December 26, 2020 - 03:09

    I don’t know if it’s my favorite, but the frog cracked me up.

    • #37 by tialys on January 7, 2021 - 12:54

      Definitely one of the more ‘niche’ ones I’d say.

  17. #38 by jendavismiller on January 6, 2021 - 02:55

    What a delightful dilemma! The heron and arum of course must stay, the weather is a keeper, and of course your own gargoyle. One wonders what the previous decorator was thinking? Will be fun to watch how you tidy it all up – enjoy!!

    • #39 by tialys on January 7, 2021 - 12:50

      I found a few more after that post. The elf had a twin hidden under some bushes🤣

  18. #40 by Born To Organize on January 11, 2021 - 04:18

    Oh my. I think I might have jumped when I saw that blue frog barring his teeth. I love the stone dog you brought with you (what personality!) and the cat (of course). When my son outgrew all the ceramic art projects he made in school he insisted I “throw them away.” Instead, they’ve found homes in the garden. They would mean nothing to a new home buyer, but they’re little glimpses into the little boy that made them, now a young man approaching his 21st birthday. I hope you grow to love your new home. You’ve made a huge transition and a terrible time, but it sounds like you are making the best of it.

    • #41 by tialys on January 12, 2021 - 11:48

      The stone dog is actually a gargoyle – we have another that has a body too – and just waiting to decide the ideal position for them.
      I don’t think the ‘left behind’ items were sentimental ones otherwise they’d probably have taken them with them so I won’t feel bad for chucking out the ones I don’t like. I’m still finding stuff – since writing the post, I found the metal Elf’s evil twin.

      • #42 by Born To Organize on January 27, 2021 - 17:37

        Oh that’s funny. I would enjoy the discovery of all these “treasures” even if you are giving them the heave-ho. It makes you wonder what she kept. 😉

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