Sunday, April 15, 2012

Glorious Garden Gryphons & Other Gothic Goodies

After managing to refrain from referencing the Attic even once in last week's Easter post (as the mixing of Religion and Commerce seemed quite inappropriate), the insomniac  feels completely justified in shamelessly promoting the first shipment of garden decor that arrived this week. Although at the time of this writing such is the view from the windows of the Gothic Mansion, an indication that perhaps one might have been a bit too hasty in ordering the springtime items and should have been concentrating on cocooning, comforters and hot cocoa instead.  

Springtime in the Rockies

To start, small French cast iron urns in black, that being the insomniac's  favourite colour. But certainly available in white or brown and in larger sizes, should one prefer.

Petite Black and White French Urns

Large Brown French Urn

Next, some antique style zinc bowls in which one could place small clay pots filled with greenery, or better yet, black river stones and a decapitated cherub head! Alternatively, it also looks pretty good holding small tabletop votives, displayed with their matching hanging version. The insomniac  contemplated setting up a small arrangement in the garden to photograph some of these new items, but scrapped the idea when the snow started again on Saturday. One will just have to be content with the catalogue images.

Tabletop Votive

Antique Style Zinc Bowl

Hanging Votive

Impatiently awaiting a catalogue in the mail that has the most beautiful cast iron gryphons and Gothic style garden furniture. While one realizes that mail delivery between the United States and Canada is terribly slow, a month does seem rather excessive. Hopefully it will arrive fairly soon so the insomniac  can swiftly make up her mind what should be ordered, place the order and then pray the aforementioned order will arrive before the snow flies once more, which if we're extremely lucky might not be until August.

Cast iron garden furniture in black ...

Isn't he magnificent ...

The dark coloured foliage in the background of the above did remind the insomniac  to order new seeds to replace last year's crop of black Hollyhocks, Columbines and Poppies which were consumed by the expanding brood of bunnies that live around the Gothic Mansion and eat everything that isn't nailed down.

Alcea Rosea

Aquilegia Vulgaris

Papaver Paeoniflorum

And wouldn't this lovely little nymph and her dragonfly look enchanting nestled amongst these flowers when they finally bloom. Perhaps one will attempt to procure a picture closer to the end of August - provided the bunnies don't eat all the new growth and we don't get frost in July.

3'7" Cast Iron Nymph

Although the following items were not in this week's shipment, they can be special ordered and shipped directly from the manufacturer, as can many other items too large to be stored in the Attic such as the dragonfly nymph above. If you are looking for something specific and having difficulty finding it, please feel free to contact the insomniac  and she'll do her very best to help you with your quest.

Rusty White Acanthus Urn

Cast Iron Buck Head

Iron Terrarium

Rusty White Planter

Oval Metal Planters

The next few weeks will see the arrival of metal wall baskets, wire cloches, iron tables and rusty lanterns, in short, everything needed for the creation of your own Gothic Garden except for the good weather, which is obviously in short supply around here.

Until next time, the insomniac  wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams ... and don't pack away the down comforter just yet. Goodnight, my pretties.


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