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We found a great fountain this past weekend at a local water garden store. Their website is www.prairiecreeknursery.com and the store was a BLAST to visit!
Hubby and I took the fountain home and set it up in the shaded hosta area, near the space we were originally going to put a koi pond. Koi pond is indefinitely nixed, but we love our new fountain! Ignore the cord, we are going to bury that!
Who else has a fountain without a pond attached? Please share your pictures : )
I've posted a few pics of my blue ball before, so some of you may have seen it. It sits near my front door where the front brick walk comes in and the stone walk goes around to the side of the house. So it's a main feature of the front entrance.
bedouin, I posted a link that will take you to a thread with a description of the whole project. Basically it is a glazed heavy pottery ball it is hollow with a hole in the bottom about as big as my fist and the small one in the top just big enough for a piece of tubing. It wasn't very expensive might have cost around $30. Under the stone bed is a metal grid that fits over a cut off 55gal plastic drum that was buried in the yard. There is a submersible circulating pump in the bottom of the drum. That is what holds the water and to replenish it I just run the hose close to the bottom of the ball and let it rundown thru the grid and into the tub.
Thank you for the nice comments. Holly
I thought the price would be much higher! What type of business stocked it? Nursery? Not that I've seen anything like your beauty sold locally, but I imagine if one ever did find it here, it would be at a much higher cost! Your like was very clear. Thanks for posting it.
bedouin, I picked it up while on vacation in Duck, N.C. I had been looking for something like it for a long time. I had been thinking an old mill stone would be nice but couldn't find one in my price range and liked the look of those stone balls but the ones I found were $$$. Then I saw this and it was just right. The shop inside had the typical beach shop junk, but outside the yard was filled with tons of pottery lots of large pots. Not sure where it was imported from but I always think Mexican Pottery when I find this heavy clay type of pottery. We go down there a couple of times a year and although they still have all the pots I have never seen these fountains other than that one year and then they only had 3 of them.
Have you been over to the Hypertufa and Concrete Forum? They have a lot of projects that would make nice water features. There is a thread that will show you how to make the balls that I had first been interested in.
Thanks for the information HollyAnn. Similar types of water features (granite balls, huge upright pillars/vases etc, none as lovely as yours ) are priced in the $4-500++ range at Dania Water Gardens near Ft. L. Given their price and the unpredictability of hurricane strengths, anything in the garden is at risk every summer! Particulary if its large and not secured into the ground. Believe me, if I found one like yours, blue, green, or yellow range of colours for that price, I'd probably not be satisfied with one!...I flurk on the Hypertufa and Concrete forum religiously. Keep promising myself that I'll start with something simple, but have not put thought to action! Such creative artists! Wish there was a locally held Hypertufa class one could sight up for.
TARogers, my eye went to the delightfully whimsical frog! Good find!
I got the water fountain at the auction and added the frog to sing praises to the angel. Thought that was pretty cute. LOL
I think I need to replace the dryer vent.
I too want to try making a large ball. Its been a while since I did any Hypertufa.