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I’ve avoided plac­ing any­thing other than plants in my gar­den for many years, es­pe­cially avoid­ing the likes of plaster gnomes and con­crete deer, but now I’m not so ex­clu­sive. The idea of stone crea­tures sit­ting among my api­aceae and legu­mi­nosae is be­gin­ning to ap­peal as my gar­den ma­tures, though I’m still a bit cagey about flamin­gos and par­tially draped women shoul­der­ing urns of water. I like the idea of stone crea­tures of the

mythic sort, re­lax­ing in the gar­den, though I sup­pose I’m go­ing to have to set­tle for con­crete ver­sions. They’re very good though, go­ing by what I’ve seen in the gar­den cen­tres and there’s a great se­lec­tion to choose from. Those may not be to your taste, but there’ll be some­thing out there that you could en­joy dis­played along­side your flo­ral favourites. The ul­ti­mate would be to fash­ion stat­ues for your gar­den by your own hand, if that’s within your ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Rub­ber moulds are avail­able for the less skilled, which filled with con­crete or plaster can pro­vide some de­light­ful gar­den beasts for the imag­i­na­tive gar­dener.

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