Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Witches and Gardens

Bronze witch corkscrews


This is a line done by Royal Doulton and designed by Charles Noke. Above is an example of his Pied Piper series...a demitasse cup and saucer.


A tall teapot from the Pied Piper series.


A small vase from his witch series...


A creamer from the witch series showing a crooked old witch bent over in front of her cauldron which is in her oven. You can see the smoke rising out of the cauldron. If you enlarge this pic and look closely you can see the old woman's black cat just behind her and peering straight at you!


This is the creamer and it shows an old witch walking through the woods with a full moon behind her.



This is a jug with a wizard on it. If you look closely you will see he is holding a potion bottle to add to the burning cauldron.




The small waterfall...


The stream leading to the small pond....


Another giant Japanese Maple....


Blooming Baptisia Australis (False Indigo)...


Katsura (Cercidiphyllum Japonicium)...these trees give off the scent of caramelized sugar or cotton candy once or twice each day.


The big pond....


The fish have wintered over for years and now have had babies!


Hmmmmm....where does this door lead to? Maybe next time I will
tell!

Outdoor fireplace...



Antique light by the back door....


Hellebores along the path.....


Stepping stone for crossing the stream....


Painted Japanese Fern...


Lady's Mantle with rain drops....


Copper mushroom path lights....



Doorway leaving the forest....

20 comments:

Zan Asha said...

WOW Jaz! I envy your house--it seems ENDLESS--even the garden. What an enchanted world!

magikalseasons said...

Wonderful and very Magical!!!:)

SeeThroughGreen said...

Your things are sooo cool! I love the door to the forest and my fav has to be the antique gargoyle light. I love gargoyles of all kinds! Very neat!

Laura said...

I so love your garden... lovely, just lovely...
blessings
~*~

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Your witch collection is so amazing! Do you have parameters about what you will collect and won't collect? I know many collectors do, so that their collection will be focused and not be just a big amorphous bunch of stuff that happens to have a similar theme. I'd love to hear about your collection parameters and how you've found some of your favourite things!

clairedulalune said...

AMAZING garden! Ohh, I kept on looking back at the photos! Gorgeous! I have tagged you on my blog, I hope you don't mind!

jaz said...

i suppose my only parameter would be authenticity. i look for objects that are serious and not frivolous. i buy items that have a history and show witches in a more serious light than just halloween. witches are a part of every culture and each culture recognizes them in different ways. they also had an important role during victorian times which is my favorite time period so i look for pieces from that era. i started out collecting salem witch items. they were mostly made by daniel lowe who owned a jewelry store in salem in the late 1800's. that is around the time that spoon collecting became very popular for the first time. he created the first salem witch spoon which became very popular and led him to produce many items out of sterling silver. he made all sorts of utensils, cufflinks, pins, card cases, etc.. i will be sure to post some of that soon. one day i came upon a piece of the royal doulton witches on ebay and i was hooked. hundreds of pieces later here i am. i hope that answers some of your questions. i will try to answer any more you might have.

Bobbi said...

More pretties - I love the jugs!

Your garden is also gorgeous! Hellebores are one of my favorites, and I love the small waterfall.

Soraya said...

absolutely beautiful. I wish I could have a place like that, but alas only in my dreams :-p

Pricilla said...

I love Japanese maples...
Those corkscrews are great!

DawnS/Oddfae said...

Wonderful! Thanx for giving me the URL for your blog...=-)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Thanks for the info about your collection, Jaz! I appreciate your detailed response. Now I can look at your collection with a bit of background understanding!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Your garden is fantastic! I love the pond and waterfall and everything! I have no idea how my katsura is just now. It was one of the plants that froze when we had heavy frost. I hope that it didn´t get to damaged. I have that fern too, but of course it frezed too. But that one will come back soon.
Have a great day now!
Christer.

Tumbleweed Trails said...

Wow, this is amazing! I could spend hours, no days...no MONTHS looking at your site and all of the treasures and photos. I am so glad you said hello. Looks like we should meet up in Salem, MA and treat ourselves to all it has to offer. Hmm, where else should we go? Chow Chows are such wonderful dogs, but the one I have pictured on my blog is a pug. I'll be back to look at your older posts, and new ones as they come along, as I have time. I would love to have a pond, and fish and all that GREEN in my yard. I am so jealous!!!

Jody

Touchatou said...

Oh dear, you have a wonderful garden ! And those doors : mysterioussssss ! lol Those creepers are gorgeous. All those different greens, it makes such a quite atmosphere... Jalous lulu ! lol

Autumnforest said...

SOOO inspirational!! Wish I could do that in the desert!

jaz said...

thank you all so much for the comments! it is hard to know what to post without feedback so i appreciate it very much!

Abeje said...

so pretty :)

ebchib said...

I dont have a word to describe my excitement on your posts!!
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Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

your gardens are exquisite! magical and magickal!