Garden Photo of the Day

Ruth Ann’s bowling ball garden art in South Carolina

Photo: Courtesy of Ruth Ann Bigger

In the September/October 2012 issue of Fine Gardening, we featured an article by Bob Stamper of Pennsylvania (we’ve featured his garden on the GPOD! Check it out HERE) about the garden art he creates by covering bowling balls with pebbles and glass gems. When Ruth Ann Bigger in Sumter, South Carolina, read the article, she was inspired to send in some of her own bowling ball creations. She’s turned her bowling balls into canvases for pictures!

Photo: Courtesy of Ruth Ann Bigger

Ruth Ann says, “Here are a couple of projects that I have done using tile samples obtained from a friendly tile business. I used Liquid Nails to attach the tiles before grouting, then sprayed the ball with acrylic spray to waterproof the project.” I didn’t see it at first, but the first ball is meant to be a fishbowl, with flat tiles used as the water surface. I see it now, and I LOVE it! And who couldn’t love that ladybug? So cute, Ruth Ann. Thanks so much for sharing these with us!

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    meander_michaele 10/08/2012

    Very fun and, I'm sure, always a source of conversation and inspiration for garden visitors. I love it when a gardener has some hands on personal creations tucked in amongst their garden plant material.
    Lately, I've been doing some mosaic tile and/or stone covered birdhouses and have gotten my fair share of Liquid Nails stickiness on my fingers.My go to product for removal is Goof about you, Ruth Ann? Anything else you would recommend?

  2. annek 10/08/2012

    Very original and creative! And that ladybug is cute as a bug's ear. ( an endearing term of my grandmother's....I just had to use it here)

  3. tractor1 10/08/2012

    What a grand way to recycle bowling balls. And I often see discarded bowling balls at yard sales for a buck and the next morning at the side of the road put out with the trash because no one buys them. I imagine millions of bowling balls are discarded each year, I'm wondering what else can be done to recycle them.

  4. pattyspencer 10/08/2012

    Very creative! I've not tried liquid nails to anchor my tile pieces. Will have to go get some. Thanks for sharing!!

  5. tractor1 10/08/2012

    My feral barn cat, Newt, was out patroling and came close enough for me to get a decent picture. Newt usually stays close to the barn and patrols the back fields but occasionally comes close to the house and prowls my vegetable garden for moles, usually after dark but this time being cooler weather was heading in that direction. I'm glad Newt keeps to the rear of my property and stays away from the road. I bought Newt two more heavy wool blankets, like brand new and fresh from the dry cleaners at the local thrift shop for $5 each, a bargain. Newt needs to keep warm, winters here can be brutally cold. Newt was a skinny bag of bones at first but living in a cozy house in my barn out of the weather and being well fed every day Newt has filled out nicely.

  6. pattyspencer 10/08/2012

    Tractor1 - dare I call you a softie??? lol

    Newt is a beautiful cat! If Newt started out as a bag of bones he certainly isn't now. Maybe one day he'll atcutally let you close.

    I have a friend who had a litter of ferel cats in her yard many years ago. She was able to get them all "fixed" but left them outside. She would go outside and feed them and they finally got use to her but rarely let her touch them. When I would come over they'd scatter - lol Finally over the years she lost all but one who now has become an indoor/outdoor cat - plays with her dogs - sleeps on her bed - loves to be a lap cat and has become very vocal and doesn't scatter when I come over.

  7. tractor1 10/08/2012

    pattyspencer: At this point I think it best to let Newt be. Plus I don't think Newt would want to become a house cat. I have five cats that never go out so I don't think it would be a good match. Meanwhile I'll continue to provide Newt a cozy home in my barn and food. Also a few cats visit and I'm sure Newt visits them, probably check out each others menu. Oh, I forgot, my beef barley mushroom soup gets a few bay leaves too.

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