Monday, April 21, 2014

New Garden Art

Here's the new garden art I've been preparing a display place for.

It's an armillary sphere.

armillary sphere
Syllabification: ar·mil·lar·y sphere
Pronunciation: /ˌärməˌlerē ˈsfi(ə)r    /
A model of the celestial globe constructed from rings and hoops representing the equator, the tropics, and other celestial circles, and able to revolve on its axis.
mid 17th century: from modern Latin armillaris 'relating to an armilla', an astronomical instrument
consisting of a hoop fixed in the plane of the equator (sometimes crossed by one in the plane of the
meridian), used by the ancient astronomers to show the recurrence of equinoxes and solstices; from Latin armilla 'bracelet'.
from the English Oxford Dictionary

Most importantly, it used to be in the garden of our amazing gardening neighbor.  She passed away in 2009, about the time I started this blog.  Her children finalized the sale of her house last fall.  They told my wonderful husband and I to select some things from her garden that we would be able to use in ours.  I will think of her every time I see this in the middle of our back garden.


  1. What a beautiful armillary. It's also a wonderful reminder of your gardening neighbor.

  2. Ahhh---love the new bed... I'm fascinated with rocks --and you have some great ones. I even see one (or more) in the shape of hearts... Isn't that special????

    What a neat tribute to your gardening neighbor.


  3. It's beautiful and I'm glad the kids let you keep that piece. You'll enjoy the memory of her and a pretty addition to the garden. Enjoy!

  4. What a lovely way to remember your neighbour, and such an unusual gift. Sometimes, when one of our customers move away, they let us choose a shrub. Things from people gardens are always so personal I think. Have a good week

  5. What a great treasure for your garden. Ive always wanted one and sort of have one. And how sweet that is a memory piece as well

  6. What a great treasure for your garden. Ive always wanted one and sort of have one. And how sweet that is a memory piece as well

  7. Wow, what a wonderful story of where this great piece of garden art came from. It was so sweet of her children to let you choose some pieces from your late friend's garden to put into your own.

    Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

  8. It is a wonderful addition to your garden. I never really knew the name of it. I think I have seen them and that they grow vines on them.

  9. It's beautiful and so special! Looks wonderful in your garden!!

  10. This is lovely and what a special way to remember your late neighbor.

  11. It's beautiful! A perfect spot. I love these kinds of things. Your neighbor would be happy you have it and treasure it.

  12. What a wonderful ornament and memory - and you've created a perfect way to show it off! It looks stunning.

  13. So glad you were able to have a wonderful piece of your neighbors gardens! A friend gifted me with a Armillary Wind chime! They seem to add so much to the gardens and you have displayed your treasure in the perfect spot and what a great reminder of your neighbor...

  14. Looks good, wish we had the stones you have around here. Can not aford to buy them.


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