My mother always said, “Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery”. Of course, I wasn’t flattered when my sister dyed her her red, (I wanted to be unique), but I hope that my friend Barry Parker is flattered. 

If you read my post on Monday, you will have seen pictures of his delightful garden. I just love all of it, he is especially talented at building “objects” in his garden. And when I visited my dad on the weekend, and he had a load of bricks that he didn’t want I knew what I could do with them, (or at least what I would have Ian do with them, lol).

My inspiration:

Another view:

So, I had the free bricks, 2 free round paving stones, 2 free urns (my mums) and 2 free agaves (from work). Are you sensing a theme here?

The before, so sorry, terribly bad picture!

 Can you see the pile of bricks on the right hand side of the picture, just behind the urn?


During-Ian hard at work.

The After!

Although I would love a stone wall a la Barry, I have cedars planted here already. One day, the clipped cedar hedge will meet this pedestal.

I love being a copycatio!


43 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Valerie said,

    Fabulous. You did a great job and it looks so good.

  2. 3

    What great added touches. Your garden looks beautiful!!

  3. 5

    Laurrie said,

    it’s amazing what a little bit of hard structure does. The bricks and urns really anchor the spot in your garden. It helps when you can see it first, as you did in your friend’s garden, then interpret it (um, copy it) for your own use.

  4. 7

    Racquel said,

    I’m sure he will be quite flattered and your version is very nice. Thank goodness for handy hubbies huh? 🙂

  5. 9

    Turling said,

    That’s fantastic!! Dry stacked, I take it? That looks like sand in the second to last picture and not mortar.

  6. 11

    Looks good, great that the bricks get reused too!

  7. 13

    Wendy said,

    ooooh, I may have to get my hands on some free bricks, free urns, and free agaves too!!!

  8. 15

    Barbara H. said,

    Fantastic. It’s always amazing how an OK area turns into someplace special with a little dressing up!

  9. 17

    Jean said,

    This looks great! I think Barry will be flattered that you used his garden as inspiration. (I know I would be!) And we all know that your greatest inspiration is Sissinghurst; who could complain about being placed in the same category as Vita and Harold?!

  10. 19

    WOW Deborah, they look amazing!! Well done!! I may steal this idea too…I love the way the cedars are trimmed in the first picture. I wish I was that brave (sigh).

    • 20

      Thanks Rebecca, I am not sure what “trimming” you are referring to, the curved hedge is boxwood, and the tall obelisks are actually beech, they keep their leaves all winter, turning brown for the season.

  11. 21

    barry said,

    Hi Deborah,

    I am at once feeling imitated, interpreted and definitely flattered. Also envious of your free Agaves! It took me an age to grow mine to this size in order to achieve this effect.

  12. 23

    This looks wonderful and was a perfect way to recycle all the freebies. The entry to the garden is striking now.

  13. 27

    dorsetmichael said,

    its this poor husband of yours that i’m concerned about, hope you thanked him afterwards for all his hard work?

  14. 29

    Kassie said,

    Your urns and agaves look wonderful! Nice to see what you’ve been up to. I love how you improvise but remain classical at the same time!
    By the way, just bought the James Lees-Milne biography to prepare to read the diaries, which I already know are wonderful. Yesterday we went to Knole, but unfortunately the garden is only open on Tuesdays. Best! Kassie

    • 30

      Kassie, I have been busy. Too bad about Knole, we did get there, an amazing property. First time we saw English deer (in their park) and were so surprised at how small they were.

  15. 31

    Kyna said,

    Huh! That’s pretty cool! 😀 I never know what to do with leftover garden bricks….

  16. 33

    I think it was Picasso who said that good artists borrow, but geniuses steal.

  17. 35

    Grace said,

    Deborah, First, no apologies for the “Before” photo to be so “terrible,” okay? Before photos are supposed to look terrible. LOL

    Second, I swear I could hardly tell the “After” photo depicted the same place. Seriously, those bricks made a huge difference. I love the pillars, the edging, the healthy agaves and the pots you chose.

    Third, the Foxtail lilies in the back…. ooh, la, la! They’re beyond gorgeous!!!!!!

    Fourth, there is that antennae turned obelisk that I love, right where it belongs. My compliments, dear friend. The use of your muse, Barry is paying high dividends. Your garden looks wonderful.

    • 36

      I think that I should try and make them look even worse, so my after looks brilliant!!! I am very proud of my eremurus this year Grace, they have doubled in the number of flowering spikes, and boy did the bees love them, they were just humming with activity.

  18. 37

    Deborah I love it – what a wonderful entrance to that part of the garden now.

  19. 39

    Melanie said,

    It looks fabulous! You have a lovely garden.

  20. 41

    puppyparents said,

    Looks amazing Deborah!!

  21. 43

    […] way it looks just 2 years ago. If you want to read about me (Ian) building the pedestals, you can here. Rate this:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like this […]

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