More On Lawn Ornaments
Other than Christmas, I’m not much on lawn decorating. Landscaping is fine. I’m not opposed to a trellis or bird bath. It’s the cartoonish & saccharinely cute figures that make me want to gag.
Back in the 80’s lawn sheep were huge in southernPennsylvania. Every time my grandparents would take us out for a drive I’d pretend to have a shotgun and mentally blast each one as we passed by.
The heavyset, bent over gardening woman was also very popular in that region. Did it start out as a joke on one set of neighbors (thinking it was the actual resident rather than a painted cutout) and then catch on like wildfire???
For some reason Gazing Balls became vogue in the D.C. area in the 90’s. The Washington Post even did a story about it. I remember the radio ad because I could not believe something that I had thought was so clunky (lone Christmas Ball perched on a pedestal) could become fashionable.
I think the big difference was that the city dwellers utilized the ornament within a landscaped garden area with plants of varying heights so that the ball blended into the shrubbery (like a hidden treasure) whereas the balls I had seen above the Mason Dixon line were starkly standing alone dead center in a sea of grass.
I hate to admit that I sort of like gazing balls now that they are being displayed in a more complimentary setting. I am not however, going to change my mind about the sheep and fat-bottomed garden ladies.