Friday, 3 September 2010

I Want To Ride My Bicycle

Photos Copyright: Maggie May

While on our recent holiday in Devon/Dorset, we came across some unusual displays of props amongst the plants.
This was the town of Seaton. In fact it is the main roundabout in Seaton and they have used old bicycles to decorate this flower bed. I found it quite fascinating and strangely effective.




This is the main high street in the town of Beer. There are little streams that run on either side of the road and these little planters straggle the streams like tiny bridges. This is just one of many and I think they are rather pretty.



This cartful of flowers was noticed when passing a private garden and I couldn't resist a quick snap. I bet I'm not the only one who took a picture.

These jungle animals were cleverly made of flowers and were in a small public garden, I think it was in Seaton.


Don't you think these two colours go well? Hot and cool.


This fish and the iguana below, were hanging out in a Sidmouth public garden.
They are part of my favourite holiday photos that I wanted to share.
Hope you enjoyed them.




33 comments:

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Aren't they lovely. I do like to see how inventive folk are with gardens and flowers. At the first roundabout in our town we have a rowboat filled with flowers as the centre piece, very effective. A x

slommler said...

I enjoyed them very much! Such beautiful colors. Love the bicycles in the garden...here we place them on roadsides where a biker has been killed in an auto accident. Then they decorate a marker of some kind with flowers in front of the bike. It is beautiful and eerie at the same time.
Hugs
SueAnn

Jinksy said...

Boy, there are some really creative gardeners around! :0)

Twain12 said...

i would love to see this, what great landscaping

Life with Kaishon said...

I love the images you were able to capture Maggie! Very beautiful. I especially love the purple and orange flowers together. Very pretty.

Mickle in NZ said...

Wonderful photos, I expect they reflect what a happy time you all had. So much beauty and whimsy to look at, reflect upon and relax within. Super thanks for sharing these special places, sending care and many loving huggles,

Michelle and Zebbycat, with our big, happy smiles being beamed your way.

Mary G said...

I recall being in Bath once when the city had just won an award for best public gardens - topiary all over the place, adorable teddies in quantity.
This looks even better. Love the iguana. You don't often see this degree of complexity in Canadian gardening - we're prone to summer dry spells and cheapskates about landscaping. One exception, though, is the Niagara River Parkway from Niagara Falls to Niagara on the Lake. If you ever get a chance to go there in the spring or summer, jump at it.

Hilary said...

They sure are creative and clever. I love the bicycles and yes, the purple and orange makes a beautiful colour combination. Wonderful photos, Maggie.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Those jungle animals are incredible aren't they. Lovely photographs.

CJ xx

Ayak said...

Lovely pics Maggie. I particularly like the bicycle display. Very imaginative.

Jeni said...

Really neat displays, Maggie. My favorite though -well a toss-up -between the floral cart and the little displays bridging the small streams. All were very smart though.

lailani said...

Full of whimsy! Makes me feel good - and what talent! Thank you for sharing!

Expat mum said...

Love the bicycles, and that iguana. Very cool.

Joey said...

I love those photographs! What a fun and interesting place to go to!

Never.. in a million years, would I have thought to do something like that.

The floral sculptures are really pretty.. some look very soft, and make me want to pet them.

Thank you for sharing them, Maggie.

Ann Best said...

The photos are all absolutely wonderful. I especially like the bicycle ones. Such gorgeous colors. Thanks for sharing them.
And have a wonderful weekend!!
Ann

Mimi said...

Gorgeous photos, Maggie!
Some of them would be lovely additions to yardart on thursdays over at mary T workofthepoet.blogspot.com

if you're interested.
I just know that other people at yard art would love these.
Hope you're keeping well.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Very unusual photos of the coloured bicycles - never seen these before.

secret agent woman said...

Beautiful, but now I've got that song stuck in my head.

Nora said...

People will come up with anything, won't they? There seem to be no boundaries. I'm glad you had a fun time photographing these works of art.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Maggie, these photos are absolutely stunning!!! You have such an eye for photographic composition and color!! Really brilliant! I'm in awe! Love this! I've missed visiting with you...but you have been in my thoughts and prayers daily, even though I've been away! Love you much!!! Janine XO

Working Mum said...

Love the bicycle roundabout!! I just love unusual stuff like that.

Suburbia said...

Yay! Great photos Maggie :)

SandyCarlson said...

Those displays are as amusing as they are beautiful. Some real spirit went into making them happen. Thanks for sending them round the world. They are great to see.

Brian Miller said...

ha. those animals are magnificent...and yes orange and purple go very nice together....

xoxymoronsx said...

Wow, they look beautiful! I love the way you've worked with colours.
I wish I could have at least a quarter of such a garden.

Rose said...

Seton certainly has some lovely displays--there must be some talented gardeners living there! I've seen old bicycles used before in the garden, usually holding some flowers, but nothing like this planting. The last topiary is really clever. Doesn't it make a difference when a town takes the time to plant some gardens around the streets? I think it shows that the people who live there care about their town.

TechnoBabe said...

The bicycles in the flower beds is a great idea. You got some really great pictures in the post. I like the streams on the sides of the road. How pretty. The flowers shaped into animals is the best.

Dimple said...

These creative gardens brought smile to my face.

Yumi's Blog said...

Wow! very creative! so pretty. Wish I can also go there to see that in person. Anyway, thanks for sharing this post. I enjoyed reading it. Keep posting!

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RNSANE said...

I love all the photos. How creative people can be - the bicycles, that cute cart, and the iguana really were amazing. It's nice that people can come up with such neat things.

RiverPoet said...

It never ceases to amaze me what creative people can do with gardens!

Peace - D

Akelamalu said...

WOW people are so inventive with blooms aren't they? Thanks for sharing the photos Maggie. :)

Teacher's Pet said...

Wow! ... These are absolutely spectacular photos!!!
Thank YOU for getting such great shots of lovely works of art.