We have flamingos in the front yard! Gaudy, colorful, bright pink plastic flamingos. Maybe not a flamboyance of flamingos, since there are only two, but I’m thinking of adding more. I read of a Christmas display that featured eight pink flamingos pulling Santa’s sleigh. I rather like that idea. Mr. G went along with these two, but didn't seem too thrilled about my idea for adding to the flock. I thought I heard him mumble something under his breath about my becoming an eccentric old biddy or words to that effect. Honestly, the man has no sense of adventure!
I know there are those who think pink plastic flamingos break the rules of decorum and good taste in garden decor, but some rules just cry out to be broken. By having only two pink plastic flamingos guarding two potted palms, I have also broken another rule, one of the cardinal rules of good garden design- the rule of odd numbers. According to the garden guides, one should plant things in groups of three, five, seven, etc. rather than in groups of two or four or six and so on because odd numbered groupings give a more naturalistic appearance. But let’s face it, there really isn’t a way to make a gaudy pink plastic bird on wire legs look naturalistic in an Alabama garden, or any garden for that matter. Since I am rather fond of symmetry, there are only two- one on each side at the top of the front steps leading from the parking area to the front landing. The flamingos have a certain panache, pink plastic panache, if you will. You can see only one in this photo, this is Flo Flamingo. There is an identical display on the other side of the steps, with Fred flamingo guarding the potted palm. I’m not sure you can have identical displays with a male flamingo in one and a female flamingo in the other , but in a whimsical world anything is possible.