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A Detroit Metro Photo Blogger Shares Her Whimsical Garden
Though nature offers endless benefits, it can present some challenges too. Even so, Cindy La Ferle wasn’t going to let the fact that she had a shade garden keep her from adding visual interest to her surroundings. So she embellished her environment with an artistic array of garden ornaments like a pair of face planters that are colorful in more ways than one. “People get a kick out of those things,” she says. “You kind of find yourself smiling. They take on a personality and amuse people.”
La Ferle shows that, with a whimsical twist, your garden can take on an even brighter tone. She reveals stimulating images of all sorts in her blog Something Beautiful Every Day, which pairs her photos with inspirational quotes (cindylaferleeverydaybeautiful.blogspot.com). “I think people find it uplifting and soothing at a time when we’re all so stressed out,” says the freelance writer and photo blogger who lives in Royal Oak, Michigan with her husband Doug.
Because she tries to keep her daily entries seasonal, a number of gardens are featured at this time of year including her own impressive property. “I try to find something simple that’s beautiful in ordinary life, like a pansy sprouting out of the patio,” says La Ferle. Specifically, she has featured the ornaments in her garden including a perfectly poised rabbit head peeking out of the knothole in a tree. Another lighthearted piece is an Apollo planter that sprouts different hairstyles, such as a mohawk made from succulents. “I think your home and garden should be fun and delightful and enjoyable,” she says. “I love to garden and I love being out in the garden. It’s a place of sanctuary and fun. I’m just so happy to be out there; I want it to look like that.”
A granite Buddha was a gift from her husband who works alongside her in the garden. “He’s the heavy labor guy who says ‘I’m here to fulfill your vision,’” says La Ferle with a laugh. Her quirky garden decor always gets a reaction from guests. That could be because each piece slowly reveals itself, like a female bust tucked into hosta that looks like a skirt. “You don’t notice it at first. You come upon it and it’s a nice little surprise,” she says. “I love a garden where you turn a corner and see something like a little troll tucked into a tomato plant. It makes you stop and look when we have so little time to do that because we’re always in a hurry.”
As La Ferle reminds us, a garden provides an escape and privacy from the outside world. “In the front yard, people stop and talk to you. Sometimes you come home from work and you just want to relax,” she says. “We live on a corner lot with a lot of shrubbery around it so the garden feels enclosed. There’s a gazebo toward the back of the yard where we can have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and just chill. It feels like we’re on vacation.”
The photo blogger and her husband apply the same design philosophy to their garden that they have in their home. “I think the garden is very much like the interior of our house with a lot of quirky things that we enjoy. Whatever strikes our fancy, we put in the garden and it’s a reflection of our style,” says La Ferle. “There are no straight lines and no rules.”
Because she doesn’t always have much luck with annuals or perennials, the color in her garden comes from the decorative accents, and the shade plant coleus, says La Ferle. “A shade garden can be boring if you don’t do some fun things,” she says.
“You have to think outside the box. Backyards are just that—they’re boxes,” says La Ferle who also likes to hang potted plants from trees. “Shop out of the box, not just at garden shops; go to art fairs too. Gardening is an art in and of itself. Whatever we can do to bring a little beauty, comfort, and sanctuary into our lives is just a beautiful thing.” Written by Jeanine Matlow. Photography by Cindy La Ferle: Something Beautiful Every Day.
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