Knight After Knight Garden. Literally.

Above:  Smile for the blogger, honey!

I recently visited an old (1920s-1940s) neighborhood.  Each house was one-of-a-kind.  Some even more than others.
This 1950's wall somehow works delightfully with the 1930's mediterranean flat roof cottage:

  Although the homes were small, many of them were on quite large (half acre) lots.  Most of the lot was behind the home, as the front yards were very small.

  Several homes had created, small or not, beautiful xeric front yards.
Wonderful colors on this one, echoing the home's paint colors.  This home was built in the mid-1920's. 

 And then there house with a large front yard.    
.A fallen-over Melia azedarach tree:
The tree is much better fallen over than upright!
It's alive, too.   Dormant, but plenty of seeds, as unfortunately Melia azerdarach is known for.  Invasive species in many areas.  Could be warthog food, though.  
  If you must have a Warthog (Wild boar?) statue to complement your fallen tree, it's wise to get a good one.
You have to admit, thaaaaat's a good one:

 What the...?!?
We lingered a good long while.  There was a lot to ponder, and we were hoping the owner would appear so we could chat. 

 Their armor is flaking.  The bright California sun is tough on... on...uh...this sort of thing.   
Hmm.  Those archers are kind of...hunky.    

 Original Iron Man there on the right.   
 Huh? Mixed mythologies?

 Oh.  That's not part of the mailman, is it?  That's a new type of hummingbird guarding the feeder.  A much larger one. 

  We finally met, not the owner, but a neighbor, who told us the owner was "very artistic" and had "a whole lot of awesome tattoos".  
Dude, time for new feathers:
 While we were standing and gawking, a delivery man got out of his truck with a package, took one look at the house, and started laughing.  
Is that top mermaid is getting a little too personal with that fish? She's certainly enjoying something.  Fish looks happy, too. 
 Apollo's spare chariot horse? 
 No garden is complete without a gnome, even if it has archers, knights, horses, a warthog, turkeys...
 One grouchy gnome.  Is this how it all started?  
 Is that a chrome skull on that table? 
 Knight after knight. 
"Armed response"?  No kidding.
 Oh!  Phormiums and Lagerstroemias there on the left.  In front of the hunky archers.  Tasteful.   It just occurs to me that when the Melia is in leaf, all the knights are somewhat hidden, creating an ambush situation for visitors.  Cool!
 There's so much out there in the world that we can't even imagine.  And when we see it for ourselves, we can't believe it.  

All hail K for finding this gem.  Hail, K!


  1. Wow. I don't quite know what to say. I like it. I think. I'm definitely fascinated by it. One thing is certain: This front yard is anything but boring. I'll take it over lawn and uninspired landscaping any day.

    The archers are creepy because it's essentially four identical twins, right?

    1. I didn't know what to say, either. Fascinating, yes. Boring, no. There was lots to look at. Are the archers identical? In person they looked a little different, but you are probably right. They definitely had different skin colors.

  2. I love eclectic gardens and this one surly fits the bill! It would be fun to know what motivate him to have all these figures in his garden. Looks like a very charming neighborhood.Totally cool post!

    1. We were hoping the owner would appear and ask us why we'd been gawking for a half hour, but no such luck.

      It was a surprisingly charming area. We have so many bland beige tract house projects everywhere, this neighborhood was doubly interesting.

  3. It is - interesting. I might be creeped out if I lived next door but, based on the conversation you had with the one neighbor, maybe they've come to terms with it. I bet kids love it but real estate agents trying to sell neighboring properties cringe. I do like the tree lying on its side and the warthog is handsome as warthogs go.

    1. The neighborhood felt more like a college town in the Bay area than where it is. Quite a surprise for this area. Kids of all ages love it, no doubt! ;^)

  4. Well, this is just something ! I was innocently scrolling and admiring the great pre-tract homes and fabulous succulents . Talk about garden art ! It would be great to know the back story on this.

  5. Well that was certainly different...

    (my moms patented response for anything she doesn't know exactly how to respond to).

  6. Just curious where this is located? Looks like a darling neighborhood!

    1. For some reason- I thought it might be Fullerton! Thanks! btw I really enjoy your blog!

  7. That's certainly a unique display. I love the crazy, twisting branches of the Melia. The warthog seems to belong there. Everything else, I said...unique.

  8. Love this! Thanks for the morning giggle. Too bad you didn't get to chat with the owner of the house as it would be great to hear the story. How does one get started with something like this? Where can I get hunky archers for my own garden? That is, indeed, a good warthog. Wouldn't want to tangle with him/her!

  9. Passion, in all its many forms, is fascinating.


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