Welcome to this week's installment of “Not of the garden variety," a weekly, product-centric series that's all about exceptional, agrarian-minded outdoor living accessories and odds and ends — items for in and around the garden that you won't find in the backyards of every Tom, Dick and Harry.
Today, I'm featuring a few fun outdoor objets d'art — the kind of stuff that those of you on the East Coast may have secured and/or brought indoors in anticipation of the arrival of a soggy and unwanted garden guest from the tropics named Miss Irene because, after all, nothing is more upsetting than damaged/destroyed/shattered/ dangerous-because-it's-flying-through-the-air garden decor. Instead of the typical, often eyesore-inducing/neighbor dismaying lawn and garden ornamentation — gazing balls, ceramic frogs, plastic flamingos, and the like —below you'll find a few unique items for gussying up any outdoor space including the requisite garden gnome (with a twist).
For a complete list of past "Not of the garden variety" posts, scroll down to the bottom of this page. And like I mentioned last week, I'll be completing the series within the next couple of weeks so if there's any type of gardening/outdoor living product that you'd like to see featured, please do tell in the comments section. And I gotta ask: What do you decorate your garden with?
Bottle Tree @ Gardener's Supply Company ($29.99)
Enlightened Buddha Outdoor Statue @ VivaTerra ($149)
Large Disc Chimes by Pigeon Toe Ceramics @ Supermarket ($70)
Hippie Mobile @ Potted ($44)
Archimedes Screech Owl @ Terrain ($38)
Smart Solar Portsmouth Solar Birthbath @ Target ($159.99)
Garden Gnome Rain Gauge @ Clean Air Gardening ($34.99)
Recycled Tin Roses @ Uncommon Goods ($11.95 - $139.95)
Viento Pinwheels @ Sprout Home ($12.75 - $20.55)