Quirkiness Supreme at Floramagoria
Floramagoria is a remarkable private garden we got to see during the Garden Bloggers Fling in Portland back in July. The garden was striking for its design and combination of beautifully grown plants. But it also contains a highly concentrated and entertaining dose of whimsy.
There is so much in this garden that I’m doing not one, but two posts on it, the first of which will concentrate on the quirky elements.
I think this must be Sparky the mechanical dog.
This could be another duck, perched on top of a ceramic bulb. Although it’s a duck with arms and hands instead of wings.
For gardeners with an interest in paleontology, Floramagoria features miniature of pterodactyls.
And speaking of prehistory, here is proof that humans did share the earth with dinosaurs. I hope that guy in the pink shirt can fend off T rex with a pistol.
There are also more peaceful critters, like this turtle.
And this dragonfly.
And this mechanical snail.
And I can’t forget the dancing cat.
There were several babies, all of whom seemed to be either sad or annoyed.
I’m guessing the guy who made this did so on a day when he had a terrible hangover.
Finally, here’s a mannequin displaying a typical gardener’s physique. You can tell he’s a dedicated gardener because he’s got a watering can even though it was raining off and on that day.
Believe me when I tell you that Floramagoria is a beautifully designed and maintained garden. It’s clear, though, that the owners aren’t afraid to have fun.
Next up: Floramagoria Part 2 – a seriously gorgeous garden.