Just wanted to share my "leaf". It is about 24" x 30" and is made from hardware cloth and Grancrete.
I wish I had a dozen of these in my yard, even just one makes me feel like a bug in the leaf mulch!
This was designed to sit on the ground and catch water for the California quail to enjoy.
That looks very attractive, you did a beautiful job. :)
If they hold water, what do you do for mosquito control? I can't leave standing water around without breeding swarms of the little monsters. Maybe it's not as big a problem in your climate or do you use dunks perhaps?
It's not deep enough to be a problem, it will dry up inbetween waterings. I do have a pond and several "bog pots" though. They either have fish in them or gravel on top. I do use dunks if I see larva, but I don't really have too much trouble with mosquitos as my yard dries pretty good inbetween waterings.
Thank-you. I'm working on a "leaf table-top fountain" at present. Using a different method, molding in silicone rubber. It's a bit nerve racking, a two part chemical process. But I have hopes it will prove to be a really nice way to do it. I'll post when it's done.
WillowWasp - Did you see my three stage fountain in the post a few down from this one? One of the best ideas I had was to make a reservoir UNDER the bottom leaf. I did this by simply using a dollar store plastic bowl and after molding the tufa leaf I put the bowl on top (which is the bottom really) and them cementing over the bowl. If you position it properly you can leave a large enough "hole" near the top of the leaf to get the pump in. Then you can thread the tubing up through the leaf to the top of the fountain. It's always a good idea to have a good size water reservoir for the fountain so if it gets hot and it evaporates, or if you have an animal come drink it all, there is still some water left for the pump.
Yes I saw it and it was a great inspiration. I had seen a couple sometime ago and always wanted to do one. Since you were able to accomplish this I'm sure there's hope for me to do it...thanks for sharing.
I wish you had done a HOW TO VIDEO as you created this. Never having worked with this kind of product or idea, it would be WONDERFUL to see how it is done. The leaf is beautiful. I so admire someone who can create things like this. I don't seem to have gotten the creative gene. DARN !
cactusjumper - I think you'd be surprised what you could create. Working with cement is basically finding, or creating a form to pour the cement in or on. I've even made sculptures using fake leaves from the craft store. Look up "tufa" cement online, I bet there are lots of "how to" videos. It requires more technical knowledge than any artistic talent. I make pots using dollar store plastics and balls using balloons, it's a fun medium.
SP I have not done one of these yet. I am working on a mosaic fountain and it has been more than I anticipated but I have pretty well taken step by step photos and will post when I'm done. This was a practice piece just to see how it would go and what mistakes I might avoid later. This is made with broken dishes I got at yard sales, resale shops and stuff friends no longer wanted. It has been fun by time staking.