But, on my weekend garage sale journey, I came across a treasure that changed my perspective on the flamingo as a garden ornament.
Flamingo Terra Cotta
I call her "Flamingo Terra Cotta." I don't know whether she's contemporary or vintage. But, as her name implies, she is made of terra cotta, not plastic. When she was new, she must have been prettied up nicely with a coal black beak, black eyes and a whitewash of feathers. Her features are now worn away in spots. When I picked her up off the garage sale table, she was caked with dried mud on one side. Cobwebs replaced feathers. She had no legs.
Despite her unfortunate flaws, she was beautiful. I took her home, bathed her, gave her legs--plant stakes from the local hardware store--and put her in a place of honor between the feather reed grass and the Knockout roses.
Welcome to my garden, Flamingo Terra Cotta!
The Colorado Lady