My decorating mantra has always been, surround yourself with things you love and you will always love your decor. I employ that philosopy both inside my home and out. After all, the garden is just an extension of your living space and it should be decorated in such a way that you will enjoy spending time outdoors, just as much as in.
When we began furnishing our yard we knew that we wanted to include a pond. There's nothing like the sound of running water and wildlife to add a little zen. We always have colorful fish and a few bullfrogs who sing to us in the evening. Birds are also fond of the water, they come to bathe and drink and occasionally we find a turtle milling about.
I am not sure if the animals would be so eager to settle in if the water was still. The movement is enticing and keeps the mosquitoes at bay.
For that running water feature, we toyed with the idea of a waterfall and looked at a few prefab fountains, but they can be very, very expensive. Then we remembered our frog lawn ornament and knew it would make an awesome spitter.
The frog belonged to my husband's grandmother. When she passed, he rescued it from her yard. It sat relatively camoflauged in the garden of our first home for seven years. In our new house, we wanted to feature it more prominently.
It was a very easy DIY. My husband simply donned his goggles and used a masonry bit to drill a hole in the mouth of the frog. He then flipped it over and drilled a hole in the bottom. He was aiming to go straight through the cement from bottom to top, but he got lucky and found that the frog was hollow about 4 inches up.
He turned it over again and drilled the mouth a little more until he reached the hollow area. If the piece had not been hollowed out when cast, he would've just kept drilling until he was through. Of course, he drilled very carefully and as I stated earlier, he used the proper bit, so he wouldn't crack the frog.
|Our little guy streams water out in a gentle flow, however a small |
crimp in the tube is all it would take the change the spray pattern
He then inserted a hollow tube through the bottom of the frog and snaked it out through the newly created opening at the mouth. The tube is connected to a pump that sits on the bottom of the pond. It goes on and off with a timer. At 10am every morning that frog fountain comes alive and shuts off automatically at 7pm. We can override the timer with a quick flick of a switch if we are going to be outside in the evening.
Look closely and you can see the black cord from the pump that sends water through the tube. It was an inexpensive pump and it's been doing a great job for about ten years now.
Our fountain is a sentimental piece. Yours doesn't have to be. I have seen cement ornaments for sale everywhere, including yard and tag sales. Some of the newer statues are made of resin. With the proper bit, I am told you can drill through that too, although we have never attempted it.
Not into the whole DIY thing? That's ok, there are tons of fountains for sale out there, too.
It really doesn't matter if it's handmade or store bought.
It's all about what you love.
Do you love the sound of water?