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Mirror Madness

annella

By annella

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Over twelve years I have managed to cover all the fences in my garden apart from one spot in the corner of the bottom garden. I have planted climbing Roses, Clematis and Parthenocissus there but they all decided to grow on the other side of the fence (looks wonderful out in the field!) The bare patch was at the bottom of the steps and what I could see from my kitchen window so with Birthday money left over I’ve bought another mirror.
I wasn’t sure if the house would be reflected in it but the garden is low enough and the curved angle of the steps means you don’t see yourself when you walk down. The mirror is a smaller version of the sunset mirror as it is hanging close by but they cannot be seen at the same time.

It makes a nice focal point at the bottom of the steps and catches my eye when standing at the kitchen sink.

So now we have the steps mirror

The sunset mirror

And the seat corner mirror

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lol I had to look closely to see where the mirrors were in some pictures. The mirrors really blend in and enhance the garden.

27 Jun, 2013

 

Annella, your garden is a secret wonderland, really well thought out with the mirrors and I long to sit in that quiet cozy corner!

27 Jun, 2013

 

Thank you Tet, that corner smells divine now the Honeysuckle is out :o))

27 Jun, 2013

 

how pretty is that mirror, matches the garden planting and reflects the plants beautifully. Love the little mirror and seating area, it looks so relaxing. Is that a Choisa to the right of the smallest mirror, it looks huge.! I love how the garden is divided by steps but I bet it is hardwork to keep tidy, although, like mine lots of plants, stop the weeds showing through. love it all Annella.

27 Jun, 2013

 

Can't have too many, Annie!!....Looks so perfect.

27 Jun, 2013

 

I agree with M.land... it's so perfect the effect you've created... just out of a "Homes and Garden" mag. great planting.:-)

27 Jun, 2013

 

Lovely garden. Thank you for sharing.

27 Jun, 2013

 

You are the 'Mirror Mistress' Annella. I'm wondering how long it takes you to a. choose the right mirror and b. choosing the correct spot. You get it right everytime!
Wonderful garden.

27 Jun, 2013

 

Not long Angie, it's far too easy to spend online!! This one is in a different spot to what I had planned last week :o))

27 Jun, 2013

 

I just love your mirrors thinking of getting one or two or three you have started something now lol.

27 Jun, 2013

 

Wow, you are so clever! They are all really wonderful!

27 Jun, 2013

 

I love this one most of all Karen, there is a gap in the fence beside it that gives the impression that the mirror is a window too. Hard to get with my camera but it does 'trick the eye' or 'Trompe-l'œil' for Karen France :o))

27 Jun, 2013

 

Vraiment!

27 Jun, 2013

 

Love the mirror ideas. Think I'll get my husband to plough our garden and start all over again!! :O)

27 Jun, 2013

 

All so well placed, Annella and enhancing your stunning garden. Do you not have a lawn? That's a decision I'm struggling with. I love how, in the seat corner mirror picture, there is a hazy circle just to the right of the mirror like some ethereal body. When was you birthday, as I too am busily spending birthday money on the garden - as ever!

27 Jun, 2013

 

should have called the blog Mirror Genius...not madness!

27 Jun, 2013

 

Too true!

27 Jun, 2013

 

Lol girls and love the new avatar Karen! Tuesday mine was June 19th :o))))
Btw yes I have two small lawns, one in the bottom garden and one in the side garden

27 Jun, 2013

 

Tuesday funny you should say about the light spot as there was no sun or flash at that time......Maybe fairies then?

27 Jun, 2013

 

It was hard to see where the mirror is in some of the pictures - you are a genius a this Annella. I love the planting at the top of the steps, so simple and so pretty.

27 Jun, 2013

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ωραία!! annella

28 Jun, 2013

 

That is funny about the light spot. Must be fairies- or angels. Mine was 16th and Fathers Day too, so had all family together - lovely!

28 Jun, 2013

 

Happy belated Birthday Tuesday :o)

28 Jun, 2013

 

Just Lovely!

28 Jun, 2013

 

The new mirror blends in so well that my Oh hasn't spotted it yet :o))

28 Jun, 2013

 

And to you too, Annella!

28 Jun, 2013

 

:o)))))xx

28 Jun, 2013

 

Garden looks super and the mirrors are a great idea, I like the way they are tucked in amoungst your plants. Fab.

29 Jun, 2013

 

Great idea, do you have mirrors in the garden during the winter?

29 Jun, 2013

 

The big one has been a permanent fixture for two years now Dungy as the others will be , they do need a good clean occasionally after all the rain we get here as you can imagine :o))

29 Jun, 2013

 

do they need some sort of protection from weather extremes? I mean som paint-on shielding from heat, cold or wet?

30 Jun, 2013

 

What a delightful garden - All it needs is some Fairies and Pixies!

30 Jun, 2013

 

lol if they've got any sense, they'd have moved in already. But they're shy speicies, not often seen ...

1 Jul, 2013

 

We placed a mirror in our garden it worked well until one morning a buzzard swooped into it and died on our lawn. It really upset me as I love birds and I still haven't told my brother who is a devoted bird watcher! So mirrors are out for us. Love yours though.

3 Jul, 2013

 

Read that birds can't tell the difference, and try to fly through mirrors to get to the green beyond, which is why I do'nt think I'd have one, unless it was a tactfully placed as Annella's are.

I suppose one could do what some people do for all-glass patio doors - stick the silhouette of a bird of prey on it, which deters birds from coming close. Not sure if that'd work for a buzzard, though.

4 Jul, 2013

 

Hi Annie, I wasn't a member when you posted this. So I would like to add to the comments (if a little late). The two mirrors and your garden look really great. Your photos show both off really well. I see you were asked about whether or not you left them out in winter. I guess if they're in a sheltered spot with shrubbery around them, they would be OK. Shame about Sonotgreenf. and the buzzard, that was a fear I had as a bee nearly flew into mine as I was mounting it in position. I think if a bird flew into one of mine and was hurt, I would probably take all three down as well. I will monitor things and see how we go.

10 Jun, 2014

 

I worry about that too, but so far it has never happened, though the occasional bird has flown into a window. Sometimes, when that happens they seem able to shrug it off; sadly not always. Can't really remove the windows though!

10 Jun, 2014

 

worried me, too; my previous tiny garden could have done wiht some enlarging, but wasn't sure of best placement where it wouldn't look too inviting to birds

they do say to stick silhouettes of birds of prey on all-glass patio doors etc, and that should keep birds away - should work for windows too. and maybe for mirrors, if a b-o-p shape is hung nearby?

http://www.rspb.org.uk/advice/expert/previous/mirror.aspx

http://www.rspb.org.uk/advice/watchingbirds/behaviour/birds_and_windows/attacking.aspx

it seems that birds either fly into them or attack them!

but I assume that those mirrors are placed right in the open, sort of thing, where birds would fly.

RSPB has a link for "buy bird of prey window stickers" but on my pc that leads to an "oops" page. But Google has plenty of them - also b-o-p windocks! that might keep birds away from mirrors!!

10 Jun, 2014

 

Fran, I feel reasonably comfortable with the placing of mine. Essentially on three fences, one has a statue in front of it, one has a fig tree in front and the other is mounted on a panel in a hedge. I will of course read the advice from the rspb and monitor things carefully.

11 Jun, 2014

 

Me too.

11 Jun, 2014

 

So far I have had no problems here but all my mirrors are set well back :O)

11 Jun, 2014

 

Careful placing seems to be the key - with something in front of them or set back ,they're not as obvious a "fly-through" area as they might be otherwise. Kudos to you all for your thorughtrulness

12 Jun, 2014

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