I am overflowing with excitement over the latest addition to my front garden!
Now you see it.
Now you don't.
This past October I had a large crape myrtle removed from my front entryway garden. I love crape myrtles, but this particular variety, 'Country Red,' had grown so large that it was basically obliterating the architectural details of the front of the house; and falling blooms and leaves created a constant mess in the gutters and on the sidewalk.
After the tree was removed, I felt like the area needed a little "something." I debated....maybe a smaller tree, like a redbud, or possibly a Japanese maple (if there was enough shade). I also thought about adding a large container for annual color. Or possibly a fountain, but I didn't want a lot of maintenance involved.
Just the other day, I stopped by a local nursery in search of a small concrete bench for my backyard. When I walked in the nursery, the first thing I saw was not a bench, but a beautiful fountain. Right then, I knew this is just what my entry garden needed. I choked on the price for a minute, but then I found out that the nursery was having a 30% sale on all fountains. Sold!
Here is the area in January 2011
And here is the area now, January 2012
It took a little digging, measuring, leveling, and
I love the soft trickling sound of the water as it bubbles up and flows down the sides of the urn. The entryway feels more open and welcoming now with the subtraction of the crape myrtle and the addition of the fountain.
Now, where was I? Oh yes, I was looking for a garden bench for the backyard. Wonder what else I will find :-)