Another thing that comes in is fishing buoys. In the 60's up to the 80's it was possible to find glass blue/green buoys which make a nice collection. It is very rare to find one of these days....maybe one gets kicked off a distant island in a storm to still arrive here. There are plenty of plastic and Styrofoam buoys that show up now. If I find a interesting new one I bring it home and hang it around the garden for a free decoration and it is rather interesting to see the different types. A few years ago I looked at a New Zealand gardening book that showed pictures of quirky gardens there and some people had totally gone over board on collecting fishing buoys in their gardens. I decided I did not want to look too crazy so I limit it to one of each type of buoy and leave the others up on the sandbank for others to take home. There are a few gardeners around in Hawaii that use the buoys to decorate their garden. The most popular way is to hang them in trees like baubles on a Christmas tree. They look really good on a wide stretching tree like the Beach Almond/Kamani Others sell them on eBay or cut them in half to grow plants in.
I am putting up a few photos to show how I use them in my garden.
|We call this big barrel size buoy The Hippo. The kids like to balance on it.|
You can see mother of pearl growing on it and it probably came from a pearl
farm in Japan that got washed away in the tsunami of 2011.