Monday, August 15, 2011

Plaisirs Simples ~ Fountain

When we bought our house many years ago, it had a horse stable in the back; I still have the stall, it is in my vegetable garden and I use it for storing the larger gardening equipment. This cement watering trough was in the stable and I got the idea of making it into a fountain, so we moved it against a wall near the back deck. I don't remember where we found this wonderful satyr but he has always reminded me of a fountain you might find in a grotto in Italy. I love the look of the Ficus vine around the fountain but here in Southern California it is a gardening thug and requires a great deal of upkeep to keep it in check, one of those plants you almost wished you wouldn't have ever planted...but it certainly adds to the overall effect.

I have put a variety of things in the trough over the years, and Water Hyacinth seems to work the best, even though it is usually decimated by raccoons...they seem to like it's crunchiness.  For some reason this year they have left it alone and the other morning when I left the house to go for my morning walk the sun was catching the new blooms in such a way that I knew I had to try and capture their beauty. When I came home I immediately went in, got my camera and came out and took these photographs. Now of course they are gone...oh how fleeting are beautiful things, but happily sometimes they will return and grace us with their loveliness anew.















                                              I hope that your day is full of beauty and loveliness too.



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28 comments:

  1. What a beautiful spot! Thanks for sharing it.

    - The Tablescaper

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  2. I have never seen those bloom before, they look adorable!
    I like them paired with your pearls on the header image!
    Our water hyacinths were devoured by the marauding raccoons...
    and I have never bought more.

    Hope that you've got some sunshine in your garden today.

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  3. Gorgeous! I love the hyacinths and the satyr. What a unique fountain you've created!

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  4. What a beautiful photo featuring the fountain and lovely flower!

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  5. I'm so glad you were able to capture their beauty before it faded. The entire vignette reminds me of a lovely chateau garden in Europe, Adrienne. You must have the "greenest" thumbs. ;)

    Blessings,
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  6. Thank you for sharing. Your flowers are absolutely beautiful!

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  7. The fountain is so beautiful - I love what you made out of a simple water trough.

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  8. You sure have the magic gardening touch...everything looks beautiful!

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  9. Just beautiful! We have been working on our bare backyard this summer and I've been wanting some kind of water feature. Yours is inspiring. Mimi

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  10. How beautiful! I love that face!

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  11. Your fountain looks very pleasant indeed!

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  12. What a lovely motif in the garden - I hope you take time each day to enjoy it!

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  13. Oh my goodness Adrienne! I love this fountain...you're absolutely right, it's something you can find in a courtyard in Italy. Gorgeous!
    -Marie

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  14. The way the fountain sits in the vines really makes it looks unique and gives it such depth. It has such a old European feel.

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  15. Lovely pictures. I am at the opposite end of the state! Humboldt County.

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  16. Very nice, and i like the many colors. Richard from the Amish settlement of Lebanon county.

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  17. Oh what beautiful plants and flowers in your garden. Looks like a jade plant almost but the flowers are so lovely they almost look unreal! Striking, thanks for sharing and for stopping by and commenting on my blog too :)

    Michelle
    New England-Style

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  18. Oh how beautiful!! Just gorgeous. You have an amazing home!! and the photographs look fantastic. Your quite good behind the lens ~Have a great week Love Heather

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  19. Silly raccoons! We have them too and they are such a pain. Your water hyacinths are just lovely. I love the fountain with the Ficus all around it. Your garden must be like a little slice of heaven.

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  20. looking at your pics I think of that quote...the earth laughs in flowers...and that fountain is awesome....

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  21. Thank you for stopping by my little corner of blogland ... WOW your blog is fabulous and what wonderful and creative talent you have been blessed with! I loved your breakfast area in your kitchen ... ah Paris ... How wonderful to have such beautiful treasures from your grandparents ...your photos captured the sewing tools perfectly! Your garden and again creativity is brilliant!...

    Yes, we were lucky to be able to plant the hydrangea last year ... some did not come into bloom ... but I'm certain once they have adjusted (we planted very late in the fall last year) ... they will provide a beautiful ocean of colour.... xo HHL

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  22. That is a beautiful fountain area. I wish anything would bloom around here. I put out water for the birds and it evaporates by the end of every day. Hope you are having a good one. Tammy

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  23. Oh, you landscaped this fountain area beautifully! I love the flowers!

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  24. I love water features. Your fountain is divine!

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  25. Lovely- did you make the fountain yourself? How did you do it- was the satyr already plumbed? I'm wanting a little fountain for my new herb garden, so I'm looking for ideas! Thanks for sharing this!

    Jami @ An Oregon Cottage

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