Saturday, October 26, 2013

Frogs, Fantasy, and Fun in a Rustic Garden (Updated April 2017)

Whimsy on a busy street corner:

Dozens of rustic birdhouses of all shapes and sizes and colors make this house a must see on any neighborhood tour.

Photo by Jo at Jo's Favorite Things.  Chicago, IL 

Photo by Jo at Jo's Favorite Things, Chicago, IL


There might have been a time in my life when I would have thought "too much" when coming upon this garden full of frogs, fantasy, flowers, and birdhouses, but now it just seems... right.  A bit magical.

Photo by Jo at Jo's Favorite Things, Chicago, IL
And, even though this garden works its magic all year long, it seems especially appropriate during either the Halloween season when the boundaries between the fantasy spirit world and the real world seem to evaporate for a few days or during the season of the year when we welcome the fairies of the Spring (Mayday.. sometimes called Beltane!).  

I tried to capture the flavor of the garden in these pictures, but much of the detail is not that clear.  There might be ten or more frogs in various poses hanging out in those bushes, and there are a few other animals as well.  Stained glass garden lights stand behind the frogs in the second picture.

This was also the home that inspired the tree people post HERE:

Photo by Jo at Jo's Favorite Things, Chicago, IL 

Below, a detail of two more loving frogs and another frog just watching.. in the bushes to the right, some other creature stands guard...not sure what that one is.

Photo by Jo at Jo's Favorite Things, Chicago, IL 

Create a magical fantasy garden of your own!
Now, if you are now inspired to start a magical fantasy garden of your own, you might start with some cute froggies featured below:

These frogs see, hear, and speak no evil:

From Joseph Studios at City Lights Collectibles.  Details HERE
Find garden frogs HERE at eBay

Below, a very regal frog prince complete with his own toadstool from Joseph's studio:

A very regal frog prince

This little froggie needs a quiet corner for his musings:

A whole family of frogs to hide out in the grass:

The above group of frogs, found at etsy, seem to be unavailable, but try these:

These frogs also found at etsy: "Frogs with Attitude" by TS Originals HERE

Here's another link to froggie garden stuff... I will check it out a little later (written April 22, 2017) and report back!

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