Creating harmony, simplicity and peace in the landscape......

"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help.

Gardening is an instrument of grace. "

May Sarton
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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Garden Bells - A Sonorous Addition to Your Landscape

Decorative Garden Bell from Cox and Cox

 Tintinnabulation  is one of my favorite English words.


It is a noun that refers to the ringing or sound of bells. The word sounds like what it is describing....

Edgar Allan Poe used this word in his rapturous poem about THE BELLS. It is one of my favorite poems and Phil Ochs put it to song.
Here is a snippet :

"Hear the sledges with the bells -
Silver bells!
What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
In the icy air of night!
While the stars that oversprinkle
All the heavens, seem to twinkle
With a crystalline delight;
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
From the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells -
From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells."

How can you not want a bell in your garden after that?  :)

Here are a few bells you may be interested in...or Make Your Own...My mother, when she attended Cooper Union as an art student, made a memorable sound sculpture from hanging cans and lids that I would hit with wooden kitchen spoons.  I loved that thing.


The Harmony Hollow  Gardeners Bronze Wind Bell


Gardeners Bell
From  Harmony Hollow Bellworks

This bell is hand made from brass, finished in a beautiful verdigris patina. A perfect gift for a gardener.  I particularly like this bell because each gardeners bell comes with a lovely message that says

"It is universally believed that bells have forever driven away bad spirits and called upon good ones, and this GARDENER'S BELL is no exception.

By attracting the spirits of air (a soft breeze), of fire (warm sunlight), of water (rain plus a little help from the watering can), and of earth (rich soil), its pleasant vibrations are conducive to growing healthy plants.

 Moreover; this bell's melodic ringing puts anyone aspiring to a green thumb directly in touch with the natural rhythms of Mother Nature.

May you dance in her beautiful garden, rejoice in a bountiful harvest, and in so doing, may you cultivate your soul."


I have to buy this bell after reading that! Their website lets you choose which  specific bell to attach  in the middle and lets you hear each sound that their different bells make.  I like the A6. (Click on it to hear)....

Cox and Cox  - Decorative Garden Bell



This cast iron outdoor bell is individually hand cast and can be attached to any door or wall. Beautiful and rusted - it is a euphonious way of calling one in from the garden.


This is hand wrought with flame cut details and a natural rust patina. It comes with a 7" wall mount which allows for mounting to any vertical surface. The 3" steel clapper had a Rawhide pull.

There are so many more and I will feature more in the future....




8 comments:

  1. Thanks a lot for this awesome post keep posting cool..

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  2. Yes! I love the sound of bells and chimes in the garden. It also takes my mind to the seashore.

    That Cox and Cox Garden Bell is beautiful!

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  3. I find the sound of garden bells and chimes very soothing, my Husband on the other hand is sound sensative and finds them annoying. Still looking for a middle ground so we can both be comfortable; maybe one with a deeper tone...
    Thanks for sharing!
    Lori

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  4. I have 1 of those iron bells on my gate :)

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