IF you have ever been through a classic formal garden, you are sure to have come across an ornate, old fashioned garden clock.
Often made of bronze and brass or cast iron, these timpieces became fashionable in the early 1900’s when the advance of the manufacturing indusries made it possible to produce affordable and reliable mechanisms. A beautiful example is the Rolex garden clock, in the New York Botanical Gardens.
It’s fair to say that we generally no longer need these pieces, since you can’t go anywhere without seeing the time – we all wear watches or carry cell phones, even fridges and TV’s have time readouts! When you’re sitting on your ride on lawn mower chilling out while mowing the green grass, how are you going to tell how much time you are saving? Why by glancing at your prized garden clock of course… 😀 Just make sure you don’t run over that gazing ball centrepiece or your garden statuary while you’re glancing at your garden clock!! Maybe you should consider whether that stuff is more suited for being furniture for conservatories instead… heh heh… 😉
It would be easy to say “why bother”, but just imagine what a garden clock could add to your property. Not only a wonderful and unique conversation piece to visitors, but also a good way to set off your landscape, and to fill empty or incomplete corners. The model you choose can be a free standing lamp-post design, a hanging style such as you can suspend from an arbour, or one of the popular braket-hung type, which simply is attached by screws to a wall or post.
Imagine incorporating it into a climbing rose, or other flower covered trellis, for a beautiful ornamental look. Alternatively, a tall free standing clock placed in a square of lawn or turf will really a neat old formal garden appearance. Some of the best garden decor ideas come from doing different, though, so don’t be afraid to mix and match time periods.
There are plenty of great garden clocks to choose from, and generally they will perform quite well. If you have the chance, either have a close look at the one you want or at least read an online review. A common complaint appears to be water seeping into the housing, as a result of a poor weather seal around the glass. Look for a good, tight rubber seal all around the house where it meets.
I have read way too many reviews indicating moisture condensing inside the glass, and eventually damaging the mechanism.
On a side note, if you already have a clock that leaks or looks like it will leak, the best fix is to apply a bead of silicone sealant around any joins inside the housing. If you find yourself having to do this, consider replacing the batteries at the same time – the sealant will make it difficult to re-open the case, so ensuring the batteries are fresh means you won’t have to break the new seal in a hurry.
Even consider a clock that will look good in the evening – garden lighting such as solar lighting has become so easy to get now for home garden use – a clock that is slightly illuminated itself or is large and clear enough to make out against the gentle light of solar garden lights could be fantastic for when you have garden parties. Everyone sitting around on patio cushions enjoying the entertainment at your garden party.