“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.”
—Kate Chopin, The Awakening
The trickling sound of water hitting rock mesmerizes me. Its constancy lulls and soothes. Since our home down the shore isn’t quite close enough to hear the crash of the ocean waves on the beach, we opted for the next best thing. We decided to add a pond to our small garden off the front porch, complete with a trickling waterfall over rock. Here’s how we did it, and you can do it, too.
“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”
—Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
Patios and small garden spaces can pose a problem or a goldmine for the creative gardener. We have a small brick patio leading to the back door of our home, and I was bored with simply lining it with container plants each Spring. A trip to a local resale/salvage yard proffered some (inexpensive) vintage finds that added varying height, color, and interest to my patio “garden.”
Here’s the mishmash of what I brought home one day for under $35:
My haul included two tables, an old toolbox, and a window. I liked the colors and the varying heights of the pieces as well as the weathered and chipped paint. The only work needed was to clean them a bit and decide how to use them. Continue reading