Comments about Product: These look great in my flower garden next to the porch. They are colorful, esp in seasons when there are not many flowers. The stainless balls are worry free re: breakage.
Comments about Product: I am very happy with my gazing ball and love the height of the stand. It is a perfect addition to my garden.
Very pretty & sturdy
Comments about Product: I bought this Iron Scroll Stand to hold the 10" Recycled Mouth- Blown Glass Gazing Ball and they are perfect together. This stand is heavy & attractive.
Comments about Product: I just received this so I don't know how weather resistant it is that's why the 4 stars. Otherwise, looks great with my black/gold gazing ball, lightweight but not flimsy and I'm using it on my front lawn. Price was right!!
I would purchase again.
Comments about Product: I purchased the Blue one as a gift for someone else. By the end of the summer one side was faded and the coating was coming off. Maybe they can be sprayed with "Clear Coat".
By Dares Beach Girl
Just what I was looking for!!
Comments about Product: I have been looking for a blue gazing ball and was not able to find one in my local retail stores. It really looks nice on a stand in my flower garden.
Comments about Product: Love my gazing ball for durability; but the multi colors don't show up as much as I'd like. It just looks like plain silver most of the time.
Garden gazing ball
Comments about Product: Item was delivered in a timely fashion but the quality was not as expected. Not as shiny as magazine picture and had scratches. Not sure it is worth the money but don't feel like returning.
By Willy Nilly Gardener
Stainless Gazing Ball
Comments about Product: The price was very good compared to comparable Gazing Balls.
It's beautiful and enhances my garden.
Comments about Product: Exactly what I wanted/expected.
Love that Big Blue gazing Ball
Comments about Product: Have this on a stand in my blue bird bath - birds love it also
By Dave around his cave
Gazing at the glazing
Comments about Product: I've had to replace too many glass balls. This one is virtually unbreakable. The color is striking, changing to reflect the surroundings. This is truly a "gazing ball"!
By Mall Fever
Just what I was looking for.
Comments about Product: Had this on my wish list for sometime. [...] Looks exactly as it does in the catalog. [...]
gazing ball and stand
Comments about Product: I like the look but am disappointed in how light weight it is. It knocks over very easily, wish the ball was heavier.
Stainless Steel Gazing Ball
Comments about Product: I put it in the Garden to attract birds, hopefully. It is close to my new feeders and does attract attention. I like that it is unbreakable, since my last gazing ball broke and I don't like broken glass lying around where my dogs can step on it. It is very pretty and easy to install in the nice metal holder that I also bought!
By Yard Art Freak
Does not hold up - re color
Comments about Product: blue gazing ball and stand received as gift 2 years ago. Ball faded during summer and was replaced with a new one. This one has faded in exactly the same way - turns a bronzy color - not at all bright blue. Wondered if other colors react the same way in the sum.
Comments about Product: The ball stand was well made and sturdy with a nice coat of black paint. The cabriole legs with an oval on the Knee made it sturdy and beautiful too.
I have it holding a 14" mosaic ball in the garden.
The only improvement I can suggest is some plastic foam "cushions" to prevent the frame from scratching the ball.
Stainless steel gazing ball stand
Comments about Product: I love the design on this 3 legged stand, very attractive color and I especially like the design in the legs of the stand! Very pretty. nice weight and the height is not too short or not too tall. Thank you Plow and Hearth!
Comments about Product: Entire experience was positive...Fast shipping, nice product...will use Plow and Hearth again!
Is the focal point of the garden
Comments about Product: I love the multi-colors on this globe. I had been looking for just the right garden globe and I've found it! Really stunning.
This is worth the price and adds beauty
Comments about Product: The color blue is just beautiful.
Easy to put up.
Makes my flower bed jump with color
Comments about Product: I have had problems with water retention in other gazing ball stands. This is open and can be staked away from mowing areas. Great idea!
Stainless Steel Gazing Ball
Comments about Product: Bought a silver stainless steel ball about 12 years ago. It is left outside in all weather. Just wash it off and it looks great.
By Suekey the hiker
Beautiful to look at!
Comments about Product: I bought this for my husband for his Birthday and he is very pleased with it. Thinks it is very good looking.
Love my Stainless Gazing Ball
Comments about Product: I already own a stainless steel gazing ball that I purchased from you many years ago. I just added two more to my collection. They are lovely in a grouping in our Garden Bath patio area. These two new balls are a bit smaller and just a tad less colorful but still lovely.
Comments about Product: The globe was the perfect size but the picture makes it look much shinier than it actually is. The stake is great and the size of the globe is perfect but the globe was just so dull!!!
By Quilting Grammy
Comments about Product: I am using this beside my cement patio, and it shows off my gazing ball nicely. Thought it would be a little taller, but it works fine.
Comments about Product: I am very disappointed in the gazing ball. The finish faded in one month. It is no longer properly reflective - it is dull and disappointing.
The stand for the ball is wonderful
By Garden Cat
Comments about Product: I once had a glass globe which eventually broke. This time I ordered the stainless steel. The photo used for stainless steel globe seems to be the same used for glass. So I was a bit dismayed to find my Mystic ball was blurred & murky. If you want highly reflective, shiny--go for glass. If you want durability, go steel.
Mystic Gazing Ball
Comments about Product: I was dissapointed the colors were nothing like in the catalog, more faded and not bright. I kept it as it was different from the many others I already have. The stand is great for displaying the gazing ball and I may purchase more of them.
By Sandy the Gardener
Gazing Ball Stake
Comments about Product: The stake looked axactly like what I needed and it didn't disappoint! I am very happy with it.
Comments about Product: Was looking forward to the stainless however disappointed it lost most of its color
Blue faces badly when placed in the sun
Comments about Product: The blue ball I purchased this summer was placed in the garden in full sun. The top third of the ball is discolored and faded--apparently it is meant only for shady areas.
Not as Colorful . . .
Comments about Product: The picture shown is the item I ordered but there must be something in their garden that brings out these colors. I was really disappointed in the multi colored ball I received as the tri color is no where near as vibrant as the picture. I would have returned it but did not want to pay shipping back. On the other hand I can always buy another ball in a different color and use the stand which is perfect! This stand is better than the one I bought 10 years ago.
Great purchase !
Comments about Product: I have had 2 others, both glass, and in a heavy wind, they were pushed off their stands and shattered in a million pieces. This one has held up in severe winds and rains and never moved and inch. Color is vibrant and I just love it.
Comments about Product: I bought this gazing ball in remembrance of my mom. I loved looking outside and seeing it, but the color faded very quickly. I will have to purchase a new one.
By Kiki Gardens
The quality is not as good as before
Comments about Product: I purchased a steel gazing ball from Plow and Hearth about 6 years ago and it has been outdoors in my garden for all that time. The past few summers in TX have been very hot and the finish started to deteriorate, so I was pleased to see that you still sold them. However, I was so disappointed in the finish that I returned it. It was scratched and looked battered. Honestly, it was almost as bad as the 6 year old one! The replacement arrived yesterday, and while the finish is not as scratched as the one I returned, it still does not measure up to the original. I will use it, but I'm not expecting it to weather very well. Perhaps another finish might be better - I ordered Mystic.
By wannabe decorator
perfect accent for lillies & irises
Comments about Product: The stand was perfect to place the ball in just the right location. Not a lot of bare space with lillies so the stake stand was exactly what I needed. The blue color I selected for the ball is beautiful - vibrant and bright ! My grandson loves it.
faded out color
Comments about Product: The colors are so unlike what was advertised.
I would buy this product again
Comments about Product: This gazing ball and stand work perfectly where I have put it, it was the perfect size. I like that the stand is a stake, would not have been able to use any other type stand.
It adds so much to the garden
Comments about Product: The ball it beautiful, the stake sturdy and attractive. I love the color, shape, and special shine/reflection among the garden plants. The last ball I got from P&H faded in the sun after 2 years. (I turned it around so the side I see most is still blue).
color fades even in shade
Comments about Product: Received the blue ball and stand as a gift. Placed it in the shade and was very happy. BUT within a year, the color came off in whole sections and the ball is so ugly I have taken it down. Very disappointed. I thought Plow and Hearth had good quality products.
Gazing Ball Quickly Fades
Comments about Product: I purchased this two years ago. The Gazing Ball quickly faded the first year from bright red to a dull red yellow. I contacted Plow and Hearth and received an automated reply that they would contact me. I never heard back. I have been a frequent customer and I buy gifts and items for myself several times a year. I am very disappointed in the lack of a reply.
The Column on the other hand is very nice.
By Dont have a nickname
Comments about Product: I bought the blue steel gazing ball and it faded to silver... it was always in the shade.. the red was out in the sun and it never faded...
Comments about Product: Have had my gazing ball 1 month, fading & peeling!! Looks terrible, will not buy from you anymore.
wont fool anyone, looks like resin
Comments about Product: sadly, even from a distance, the 12" stand looks fake. it would be too flimsy for our gulf breezes, but i will drill a hole to fill base with sand and hope for the best although i also have concerns re how it will hold up to full sun here in florida. the ball is nice quality but i will need to use clear silicone caulk to keep it in place, as there is no post. i would have gladly paid more for a stone composite base, rather than resin, in this style.
Red Gazing Ball - perfect!!
Comments about Product: I had seen a red gazing ball among red heirloom hollyhocks in Cabria, CA some years ago. I bought the hollyhock seeds and have lovely plants, but couldn't find the ball. I recently found a catalog from 2010, and there it was. Thank you so mluch.
Comments about Product: Used as an ornament for my perennial garden. Purchased in January '13. By April the coloring was coming off. Apparently they are coated with something like cellophane, a very thin film.
After contacting P&H they graciously offered not only to replace the item but took care of the shipping as well. In this case, pleased with the company, not with the product. I'll see how the next one holds up.
the blue is a beauty
Comments about Product: like the blue
Loved it!! Then Disappointed.
Comments about Product: I rec'd a red gazing ball as a Christmas gift 2 years ago. By mid summer the red was fading. Now there is very little color left. I loved having it in the midst of a flower bed. It is sturdy but that doesn't make up for it fading.
Gazing Ball Column Stand
Comments about Product: Beautiful, just what I needed for the gazing ball. Looks perfect.
By summertime sweetheart
Comments about Product: solid without being to heavy to handle.
By the biscuit maker
Love, my new stainless steel gazing ball
Comments about Product: Looks great in my flower bed. I like that it is stainless steel and won't break if a limb falls or the wind blows it over. We also love the color which is called mystic. Delivery was very fast with no problems.
I wish it came in green!
Comments about Product: I had this gazing ball in blue for years and it stayed beautiful! Unfortunately, someone else thought so, too, because it was stolen out of my yard!
Love the height
Comments about Product: It was a great purchase, I don't buy a lot from the internet. I so prefer to go to the stores and pick up whatever I am looking for but the stores don't carry many or any gazing ball stands. Let alone the one I found on the Plow and Hearth.
Red Stainless Steel Gazing Ball
Comments about Product: I was quite surprised to see how the color faded from a brilliant red to a milky red. Should I have ordered another color?
LOVE this Gazing Ball
Comments about Product: This is an absolutely beautiful gazing ball. I received this from my dear friend for my birthday. The quality is excellent. The ground stake is very convenient. You can stake this anywhere in your garden. An especially beautiful gift to receive or send. It is very beautiful and peaceful to look at.
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