Without a doubt I have two irresistible design obsessions in the garden. Rocks and balls. Especially balls. There is no explaining it well – it has something to do with the wonderful way that balls fill in a space.
Round, colorful, and interesting – they are an eye-catching treat when mixed in with a lush green expanse. Above you can see my front garden jam-packed with perennials plus a delightful blue gazing ball suspended above the tops of the plants.
Glazed terracotta balls are quite captivating. You can see them to the left mixed in with seashells and rocks to be a centerpiece surrounding a tree.
Bowling balls are wonderful editions to the garden as well, particularly colorful ones. However, local trouble-making boys made it impossible for me to keep the decorative bowling balls behind my garden fence – I would find my poor bowling balls a half-mile away on the sidewalk or road. According to a local mother, “ My son likes to hang out behind your fence because ‘Bowling for Ants’ is the best game ever.” That prompted a bowling ball relocation. However, I continue to sprinkle my garden with as many balls as I can get my hands on.
Part of having dozens of balls laying around your garden is that everyone HAS to take their mind straight to the gutter, which has been quite entertaining garden fodder. When I recently participated in a garden walk, I overheard three ladies, perhaps in their 80’s who were touring my property, making naughty jokes with each other. “Why Mildred darling, do you like the blue balls?” ::peels of old lady laughter:: “I love blue balls Opal, why they’re just so big!” ::more peels of naughty old lady laughter::
Definitely entertaining these balls.
My obsession with the round form has moved to plants as well; I am quite delighted in June when all my Alliums bloom. They make quite a show – the Allium Globemaster (seen above) towers 36” high and the ball-like flower is almost 11” wide. Gorgeous!
Take my advice – if you a beautiful design addition to your garden and perhaps a bit of comical whimsy try adding balls. According to sweet little old ladies – the blue ones are best.
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