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Sunday, June 19, 2011

New Addition to the Patio

We are so lucky to have this patio.  It's shady for most of the day, allowing me to sit out on weekends and not broil.  It's got ceiling fans, making even summer evenings comfortable.  My husband and I love to sit out there on Friday and Saturday nights with a bottle of wine (OK -- sometimes two!!)

One thing that could make it even more perfect, I thought, would be the sound of gurgling water, as in a small fountain or other water feature.

At first I was thinking about a pond or fountain out in the garden, but the thought of digging and installing a pond made us think again about that, so nothing was ever done.  Then I started considering the possibility of having a small bubbler-type fountain on the patio. So completely on impulse I headed to Lowe's last weekend to peruse their selection.

I walked in to the garden center and cast my eye over the fountains on display and one little one just sort of jumped out and it was as if it had a "Buy Me" sign flashing over it.

It was small, inexpensive, and within 10 minutes it was in the back of my car on the way and on its way home with me.

It's by Allen and Roth, if you're interested, and is called the Three Tier Fountain.  It comes with a wrought iron stand, or can also sit on a table.  We have it on the stand and surrounded it with greenery.

Click on the above photo to see the full size version and spot the little visitor who particularly enjoys this new addition to the patio -- Kermit, our resident tree frog.

Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.


Pam's English Garden said...

Dear Jayne, You have a beautiful home, enhanced by your lovely patio. The fountain is perfect! And so is your tree frog. P. x

Jayne said...

Thanks Pam. We enjoy it here and I'm ever inspired to create a beautiful garden around it by blogs such as yours :-)

Lancashire rose said...

You are right, the sound of trickling water is so relaxing. Our patios are shaded too but it is like a furnace out there at the moment. I'm sure your grass helps to cool things down too. At 9 last night it was 94 degrees. I'll stay indoors for a while. Enjoy you lovely patio.

Lynn said...

Jayne, your patio looks like a little bit of heaven. And your water feature seems to be making the wildlife happy. I bet birds come to visit you often.

Ami said...

Jayne: I think I just saw that same fountain today at Lowe's! Very beautiful! I am sure with this water feature, your night out at Patio with your husband will be even more romantic and peaceful, hmm, adding the wine!

Maia said...

Your little house looks so cosy and this new piece adds a fairy atmosphere to the patio. The little Kermit feels that already.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I love the fountain! That was an awesome photo, too, with the water and frog. (I did look at it larger.)

Terence Watthens said...

Haha! No wonder you took that fountain home as soon as you saw it. It looks very classic and elegant! It would be the perfect centerpiece for a patio or garden.