Friday, June 3, 2011

A Dandy Idea

Last week, I posted about creating monogrammed outdoor pillows for your garden. As I mentioned in the post, my husband Brian and I have been working hard to spruce up our garden for the summer season. A major part of that has been creating a water feature in our back garden.
fountain 008We used to have a wonderful water fountai in our garden, however, as the summers wore on the fountain wore out and sprang a leak. If you remember my post “New Uses for Old Things,” I decided to reuse that fountain and turn it into a planter.  While the results were beautiful, we eventually wanted to replace it with a new water feature.

This spring, as we were thinking about what type of fountain we wanted, we came upon the idea of reusing what we had and creating a fountain out of our sculpture of a Greek water carrier.
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We knew our sculpture had a hole in the center, so that it could be used as a fountain, so we began searching for pool basins that our statue could stand on.
Little Giant 36" Round Disappearing Water Feature Basin - 566559
Eventually, we found this disappearing water basin from The Water Gardener. Our plan was to dig a hole for the underground pool liner and then place river stones and our statue on top so that the water would splash on the rocks and filter back into the underground pool. However, upon dismantling our old broken water fountain, I made a delightful discovery. After dismantling the old fountain, I realized that the base of the fountain made the perfect pedestal for our new water goddess!
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So after digging our hole for the underground pool and running a hose from the water pump into the statue, we gently placed the river stones, pedestal and statue on top. The results were a beautiful statuesque water feature.
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Once we finished adding our new plantings and mulch, we now have a beautiful respite from the hectic world where we can relax and enjoy the sounds of rushing water!

When you’re looking to tackle your next project, whether it be in the home or out in the garden, see what you can repurpose to create your very own sanctuary!

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