Do you decorate your garden?
I have a weakness for garden ornaments. They bring another dimension to the whole feel about a place, just gelling things together.
This stone bust sits snug in a window recess ready to welcome guests if I'm not around.
I guess he's pretty formal, very classical but the reality is that in no way is the garden or Le Banquet formal. Sure there are elements of formality, clipped box for example, but the bust is a nod in the direction of humour.
Some years ago I found this terracotta urn in a salvage yard near Oxford, England. I think its beautiful. Very Italianesque (or should that be Italianate) and its aged really well.
Quite how old it is I don't know. It probably qualifies as second hand rather than antique but that's neither here nor there, it looks great.
Even better with an Asparagus fern.
It seems that the whole garden antiques sector has grown in recent years. Millers publish a guide dedicated to it. In the relatively short time that I've lived in this corner of France I've seen more and more garden statuary and structure appearing for sale.
Pictured is a French 'Gloriette'. An iron structure ideal for planting climbers up. Imagine a variegated ivy clothing it or perhaps a climbing rose such as 'Pierre de Ronsard'.
I've seen this kind of structure looking simply stunning sitting in a gravel garden.
This one was for sale at a salvage place just down the road from here. The price tag was a couple of thousand euros!
Oh well, I can dream on....