Here begins a series of reports on garden related memories from our recent San Diego visit with my daughter and her family. My art teacher daughter took me to the Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park to invite me to select a belated birthday present she wished to give me. The particular shop in which she was interested (Studio # 39) created totems, and she was correct in thinking that my selecting the components personally would make the gift more meaningful.
Granddaughter Makena showed me samples and helped my see the many variations of items from which I could select.
My daughter Mary Shannon and I pondered for some time over the many options and finally settled on our personal favorites (she wanted one for herself as well). We probably tried fifty or sixty items before making our final decisions. The proprietress then assembled the totems for us.
Mary Shannon hung her totem where it could be seen from her back patio. We both liked the way it reflects the sun.
When I got home, I hung mine on a raised hook in one of the garden beds. It has good visibility from the screened porch and throughout the garden.
Here are close-ups of some of the components:
I enjoy having a bit of artful whimsy in the garden, and this one is quite different from others I have used. My hope is that it will be a conversation starter with visitors. I know it will be a reminder of a very thoughtful daughter’s gift to her Dad.