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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Touring Sondra Shira's Garden

As we approached Sondra's garden, it looked very nice , organized  and well behaved. 
 


A little further up the driveway, there were a few clues like this creative use of ceramic roof tiles, that this might not be an ordinary garden.
 


These unusual tomato cages warranted closer inspection.

Did you guess that they were chairs?

By now, we were pretty sure that there would be some interesting surprises  here.  One great surprise was a huge Loquat tree in Sondra's side yard.   Unfortunately, I didn't get a good picture of it or of  a lot of the other great plants in this garden.  Sorry about that.

By the time we got to the house, we knew that this was going to be a garden full of delights.  Dig that cool staircase!


Sondra is a painter and sculptor and has created lots of garden art made from clay, stone, hypertufa, and recycled materials which is interspersed throughout the garden.








There is also work of others represented here.  Feeling a little crabby?

 
 
 I'm not sure of the material but these forms were perfect for this space!

How does she get her pulmonarias to bloom like this?

Up here in the shady area behind and beside the house there is a nice wood deck full of potted treasures that looks down over part of the garden.


Sondra's work in clay is also lovely.



Sondra had made delicious persimmon bread for her guests with fruit from her own tree. I'm seeing more and more agaves included in gardens here in the last few years.  

 
 Glass blocks anyone?
 



I've seen this plaque before but I love the way Sondra has painted it!  It's called "Last Supper"

I hope all of Sondra's ideas have helped to get your creative juices flowing!

24 comments:

  1. This was such a fun garden, with interesting touches of garden art, and cool plants. Sometimes you get one without the other, but this one had both. Another reminder of a fun day! You got some great photos!

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    1. It was fun! Looking forward to more adventures!

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  2. Chairs as tomato cages...that's a new one! Might just catch on.

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    1. It was unusual. Not sure if it'll start a fad though.

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  3. Oh, yes! The juices ARE aflowin'!

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    1. Isn't it fun to see how other gardeners utilize ornamentation?

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  4. Fun details in this garden and your focus on them does get creative ideas going. She has some different ideas for combining things that I have not seen.

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    1. Alison and I are planning on doing some junking this winter so it was fun to see these combinations!

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  5. Now that's a garden with Personality!

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    1. It sure is! You should meet the gardener who made it!

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  6. I want that glass block screen!!!

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    1. Well, just start haunting second hand materials stores for glass blocks. You could also cheat and buy some at one of the box stores.

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  7. Love that shot of the finial with the spent Poppy seedheads in the background...superb!

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    1. Thanks Scott. I'm not sure if I'd want all of these in my garden but they really worked in this space.

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  8. This was just too cute for words .. starting with your header picture!
    TOO CUTE!!!! LOL
    I love all the different ideas and uses for such interesting materials ..it does make me think harder about what possibilities there are for my garden with things around the house I might not otherwise use .. so thank you for shaking up the "anything goes" dice and for me to see what I can do about using unusual plant supports and garden art!
    Joy : )
    I'm still grinning over the header picture ;-)

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    1. Glad you like the header! The book from which it came is really fun for kids of all ages!

      Sondra really does shake things up. It works for her but often when I try things like that they end up looking like garbage. Doesn't keep me from doing it however!

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  9. I like it--just whimsical enough without going over the top. Love the Agave! The owner is very creative!

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    1. Glad you like it! She is very creative indeed!

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  10. Oh, Peter, the 'last supper' is very funny!I love all lamps there. Sondra is very creative gardener.

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    1. Isn't that silly. Sondra is very creative indeed!

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  11. I love the mini-pond. Is that concrete? Also, is there any persimmon bread left over?

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    1. I believe that it is although it looked more like carved stone. I'll put some persimmon bread in an envelope & mail it to you!

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  12. I love your depiction of Sondra's garden. She would love it too! You get her!

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    1. One of the things I like most about touring gardens is getting to meet the wonderful gardeners, like yourself, who make them!

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