Monday, March 2, 2015

NO! I AM NOT GOING TO SAY BRILLIANT!

Yes, this is a pile of recycled hoses in front of Big Ben, which is slowly taking shape. I'm calling it a pile, but it's flower show art made from recycled materials - as are the companion "sculptures" made of pieces of copper pipe and old tires that round out the trio.

NO! I AM NOT GOING TO SAY BRILLIANT!

Yes, this is a pile of recycled hoses in front of Big Ben, which is slowly taking shape. I'm calling it a pile, but it's flower show art made from recycled materials - as are the companion "sculptures" made of pieces of copper pipe and old tires that round out the trio.

It's all fun, and I'm sure it'll give the "garden art" crowd - heavily into trash and treasure - some ideas. I'll never forget the story I did two years ago on garden art. One thing led to another and finally the trail led to Becky Cooper in Luling, Texas, who made wind chimes out of old bed pans she covered in marbles and other goodies. You just never know where folks are gonna get their ideas and what they'll come up with.

Hoses and pipes and tires sound downright tame compared to Becky's creations, but they're a little out there for Big Ben, I think. At the moment, anyway. (Unpredictable is good, right?) Once Big Ben Plaza fills in, we'll all have to decide if they work.

I can tell you this - the flowers for the central feature are - NO! I AM NOT GOING TO SAY BRILLIANT! You can't make me!

But you get the idea.

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
About this blog
Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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