However, when it comes to the garden, I seem to have accumulated a lot of "stuff." Although I disposed of clothes, kitchen items, old work materials, and even books in large quantities before we moved 2 years ago, I didn't get rid of much when it came to garden ornaments and furniture. Maybe because I had to give up the garden itself, I held on to virtually all the old garden's furnishings and decorations.
It's an eclectic collection.
There are animals.
There are fairies and other mythical creatures.
|(I swear this is the only gnome - at least the only one that stays out all year)|
There are items to support bird life.
There are items kept for purely emotional reasons. The child reading a book, given to me by my mother because she said it reminded her of me, which I use as a door/gate stop. The sun-shaped votive holders given to me by a close friend shortly before she passed away of cancer, which I'm thinking I may use to hold small pots of trailing succulents.
There are items that don't fit any of these categories.
And then there's all the garden furniture. I brought one bench, some rickety wicker chairs, and a small cafe table with wrought iron chairs with me when we moved. I inherited two more benches left by the prior owner, as well as a chiminea, a large fountain, and the snorkel spa I wrote about earlier. (The spa will eventually be removed or re-made to serve another purpose yet to be determined.)
I thought that, because our new garden is so much bigger than our old one, it could absorb a lot decorative material without looking cluttered. However, the old garden was densely planted and, as a result, the ornaments in it were nearly invisible. In contrast, the new garden is more sparsely planted (so far) so many of the ornaments stand out - perhaps too much.
I'd like to say the collecting has stopped but it hasn't. Just last week, a friend of my husband's asked if I could use a wrought iron screen he planned to give away. I took it, having no idea what it looked like or what I'd do with it. I like it but I still haven't found the right place for it. I put it on the back porch and have moved it around a bit but haven't yet found a satisfactory placement.
|Screen, option 1|
|Screen, option 2|
|Screen, option 3|
What do you do when collecting gets out of hand? I'm beginning to think I'm going to have to rent a storage locker - or maybe re-purpose the spa as an outdoor closet.