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Whilst visiting the Chelsea Flower Show last year, I was rather taken by one particular stall selling cast iron garden ornaments including some rather realistic looking lizards, however, they were a bit on the pricey side and I decided to look elsewhere for something similar. Looking around on the internet, I came across this lovely little lizard on offer from Gardens4You through Amazon and though I didn't get round to buying one, I added it to my wish list and then promptly forgot all about it. I have a terrible habit of mooching round the various departments on Amazon and popping anything I come across which I like into my wish list which is where, more often than not, they remain. When Christmas rolled around, I was not only surprised but also delighted to receive one of these as a present.
The lizard is made from resin and painted in bright harlequin colours in a mosaic style. The shape is very realistic although the colourways makes it obvious this is a model and not the real thing! The primary colours used to paint the lizard are bright and shiny and though not painted to keep accurately within the moulded mosaic scales, this somehow gives the piece an added rustic charm. It measures a little over 8 inches from nose to tail and 3 inches at its widest point. On the underside is a hanging hook so that the lizard can be fixed onto a fence or wall if preferred. This hook is serrated along one edge which allows the lizard to be positioned in any way, either climbing up, down or across the wall or fence.
After being suitably appreciative of my Christmas lizard, I was then faced with the problem of deciding where to put him. It's actually pretty enough and well made enough to be a household ornament but thinking I could always buy another one for the house, I decided eventually my lizard should go in the garden and popped him on the patio just alongside a pot where he could catch the sun and look add a touch of the exotic to urban Berkshire.
Although here in the south we've had a fairly mild winter, the lizard has endured a couple of hard frosts and a moderate fall of snow without it losing any of it brightness. I guess being resin it's pretty resilient and has certainly proved in the short term that it's frost hardy. I'm not sure how tough resin is if dropped and I haven't tried to find out but I imagine if this fell onto a relatively soft surface such as grass or gravel it wouldn't come to harm. Anything harder, however, may be another matter.
When we had our most recent snowfall, I decided to bring the lizard into the warmth. Although it's claimed this is frost and weather hardy, there isn't any indication how resilient the paint is and I feel that any paint is going to degrade over time if left unprotected outside. So I popped him on the hearth where he's remained ensconced ever since, though it has to be said, he's a bit wonky on a level surface because of the hanging hook on his under side. I'm not absolutely sure when he'll go back out into the garden as he's looking very comfortable where he is for the time being and he's certainly a talking point. Probably when the milder weather arrives, I'll put him back outside, maybe climbing the fence.
I'm more than pleased with my lizard which is a really attractive little garden ornament and is very reasonably priced at £6.99 plus £2 postage. Gardens4You not only sell the bright harlequin coloured lizard but a more muted and possibly more realistic looking green mosaic lizard. If you aren't into lizards, this company also sell mosaic frogs as well as snails and hanging wind spinners.