Garden Charms

This is one of my favorite fountain statutes. I only wish I had a place to install it. Water lilies bloom best in still, calm water, so my new stock tank pond would not be a good choice. My koi pond is more natural looking with a large moss rock waterfall, so it definitely would look out of place. I’m left with leaving him near my teak garden chair where I can enjoy his company.



These Rustic Garden Bells hang outside my kitchen window.


The bees were off somewhere else when I took these photos of the coral vine (Antigonon leptopus). They soon returned that afternoon. The magenta to pink hues of this delicate vine are delicious. It is a prolific bloomer all summer long and well into fall.






Another shot of my new little friend. He is only about an inch long and clung patiently to a garden stake for me to take this photograph. When I leaned in to get closer, he vanished, and I haven’t seen him since. Tree frogs can jump so quickly that if you blink, you’ve missed it. They can cover a lot of distance too. I suspect he did not go far with all the tasty insects near my container garden and I hope to see him again soon. I’ll be listening for him outside my kitchen window.


I bought this piece about 12 years ago at a local nursery. It is a sundial, with the zodiac signs and angels. Lovely piece that adds structure to my garden space.




The coolness of this Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata) balances the warmer colors of my garden corner and gives your eye a place to rest.



Hope you had a wonderful fall weekend too!

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  1. says

    If you don’t have room for another pond, perhaps you can use your statue in a disappearing fountain — I bet you could create something truly unique using something special to “catch” the water. I love it!

  2. says

    Well, I don’t know which to photo to comment about first. There are so many beautiful things. I love the Coral Vine. I have one too!

    The rustic garden bells – How cute!

    And I always love Plumbago and their delicate lt. blue color.

    Thank you for sharing!

  3. says

    Your decor is charming, Jackie. Lovely things add so much to a garden. BTW, I had a small bubbler pump in my old stock-tank pond, which was only 3-ft in diameter, and the ‘Helvola’ water lilies were never bothered by it. If your fountain isn’t a big splasher, you might have room for it and the water lilies too.

  4. says

    You have little charms in your garden. I have to admit to liking the frog (cutie!) and the coral vine the best. It looks great. I may check and see if I can grow it. An inspiration to read this.

  5. says

    Oh so wonderful, Jackie! That coral bean is a beauty and you have aced the capture. I believe I have your statue’s brother here in Tennessee, he is riding on a turtle instead of the dolphin though. He sits on my front porch on a couple of bricks to level him since there is tubing coming out the bottom of the base. He is too formal for our pond as well. You sundail is incredible. Houston and the surrounding areas have the best places for garden statuary and art, not to mention plants! :-)

  6. says

    Thanks for faving me Jackie! I love all your garden charms. I hope you can figure out what to do with your fountain, although he’s lovely on his own too. In my previous garden I had a pond with water lilies and would put a solar fountain in there in the summer to help aerate it. The lilies seemed to do fine with it. But I don’t think your charming fountain would look quite right in the stock pond (which looks great, btw). I look forward to seeing what you do with it! Happy gardening!

    • Jacqueline D'Elia says

      Me too. The boy on the dolphin may work in the stock tank pond. I’ll am giving it some thought. The verde green color may look okay against the metal tank. Given how heavy he is, I want to be sure, so I may try to superimpose the image on an image of the pond to see how it might look. :)

  7. Miss Daisy says

    Awesome treasures and charms! Very beautiful. I posted something similar about garden jewelry at my blog. I love your sundial, too. And got a smile out of your fountain. It is so cute! And I adored your little tree frog! Wish we could find such delights at our neck of the woods.

  8. Ramona says

    Hello! I love your boy on the dolphin fountain/statue, and I have one similar, but he’s on a fish. He is very old and I love him, but he has a really ugly, almost metallic gold paint on him, which is chipping off. So, I sprayed the loose paint with my water hose nozzle, and a little of the concrete started chipping off with the paint, so I decided to stop before I messed him up. I love the chippy paint look, but not this bright gold color! I love the finish on yours and was wondering if you did it yourself, and if so, could you tell me how? I found instructions on how to create an aged copper look with paint, which kind of reminds me of yours, but I’m so afraid to do anything else to him! I do want him to have an aged look – not at all perfect. Thanks!