It’s been a pretty bad work week for me, and it’s times like these—when I’m ready to go into full mental-meltdown, panic-attack mode—that I appreciate stuff that makes me laugh. Life (at least on good days) is funny and random and silly—and I love when the environment around me reminds me of this precious fact.
Humor and silliness in a garden usually ends up walking a fine line. I prefer just a hint of cheekiness in a garden. I think too many garden spaces go too far to the extremes: they either take themselves too seriously (think stark, ultra-modern design), or they are over-the-top cutesy/barfy/”whimsical” (think creepy statues of children frolicking, oversized butterflies, and nearly any garden art purchased from an art and wine festival). Hell, I don’t even like the word “whimsical.” For some reason, it gives me the heebie jeebies.
Adding humor to your outdoor spaces is therapeutic. If it makes people smile, then it’s probably a good thing. Unless you have really bad taste. I once had a next-door neighbor who thought it was “cute” to fill a couple of old toilets with plants and put them on display in her front yard. Uhhhh, no. Not cute. Not funny. Not even close.
I’ve compiled a little collection of photos (from my yard and beyond) that inject a bit of the unexpected, the silly, and the slightly ironic into the garden. Sometimes we all need a reminder to lighten up, quit taking life so seriously, and laugh a little.