Thursday, 2 January 2014

Water Feature of 2013

I had two projects in mind for my garden in 2013.
A water feature and a stepping stone path connecting all the gardens surrounding the house.
But the budget was only going to support one project that year and the water feature seemed to be screaming " we need something to de-stress? with in the garden"
So be it !
I decided on a company called "Nature's Way" and Terry the owner did a simple proposal that suited the garden in an uncomplicated soothing manner.
I had found a keystone Japanese maple called "Inaba Shidare" for an amazing price at Home Depot .. yes, that surprised me too but hey .. when you see something amazing you grab it right ?
So now the progress of the water feature !

I rescued a lot of Black Eyed Susans from this area ... plus a few other bits and pieces , so this is as ugly as it got!

I have added a few more plants since the initial construction .. Ramapo rhododendrons .. a dwarf Canadian Hemlock  and two golden false cypress on either side of the Japanese maple which plays off each other's colour.

September with new plants in !
Fingers crossed they all  are surviving our crazy winter ... today's windchill is -37 ... BIG sigh !


Leslie's Garden said...

Oh Joy! How beautiful! I love that you documented the process in photos, it's fun to see it come together. I wish you lived close by so you could come and give me design tips!


Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

That is a beautiful addition to your garden, and a great way to de-stress! One project at a time, but eventually everything works out nicely.

Thank you for the email, Joy. I will put one together for you soon. I've been busy with a few things lately. Cleaning 'house' or so to speak, and other things. I'll explain more when I write to you.

Stay warm, girl. It's damn cold out!

Oh, and Happy New Year to all of you!

Balisha said...

What a wonderful addition to your yard. Hope things do well this winter. Happy New Year.

Linda said...

Beautiful series of photos!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

We are in the deep freeze here also going down to -20 on Monday. My husband would love this water feature!


RURAL magazine said...

Can you come over and help me with my garden...yours is so lovely...

And the water feature is going to only get better each summer, it's stunning.


Jennifer said...

The new water feature looks perfect. It is neat to watch the transformation in progress. I don't do enough of those kind of posts. Stay warm Joy!

Barry said...

What a wonderful project. I remember how excited you were when the guys started and looking back, it was quite the undertaking! I am most interested to see how your Hemlock does, as I have never seen a dwarf cultivar before. I like the weeping habit. The Rhodos are fave [kill them every time I try] best admired from a distance in my sad life, but so beautiful. Hope you and yours enjoy a wonderful 2014 filled with health, happiness and gardening shenanigans abound!

Marguerite said...

What a fantastic project! Looks wonderful Joy and I imagine the sound of water would be very soothing, especially when you're out there working in the flower beds. Great job.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Hello Leslie !
My goodness thank you so much : )
Your garden is so pretty, you are doing a great job with it .. but yes it would be a lot of fun to be closer to a lot of garden bloggers!

Hello Martha girl!
Wasn't it COLD the past couple of days ? it is going to warm up a bit now though so we can stop shivering and no worries about the e-mail girl .. take your time!

Balisha thank you so much and a VERY Happy New Year to you as well!

Thanks Linda .. I actually remembered to take pictures through the stages this time!LOL

Eileen both hubby and I love the sound of water .. we have a birdbath fountain that is solar operated so that adds to the wonderful tinkling as well : )

Hello there Jen girl!
We are so happy with the water feature .. it would have been wonderful to have a pond but with the racoon problems we couldn't even dare think of it .. but this is great and you are so right .. it is going to get better every year .. thanks girl!

Hey there Jennifer girl!
I told hubby about your e-mail and how Kingston won the prize .. it was wicked out there for sure!
I was lucky to remember to take a series of photos .. next it will be the pathways fingers crossed!

Barry I was like a kid at Christmas with this project: )
Yes that weeping dwarf hemlock was quite the budget buster but I was totally entranced by it .. the dwarf rhodos are for hubby .. he really likes rhodos but I wanted to keep them on the small side .. fingers crossed they didn't die on me with this horrible weather!
I hope to have lots of shenanigans in the garden for 2014 .. the same back to you as well !! LOL

Hey there Marguerite girl .. it is amazing what the sound of water can do for you when you are working in the garden or just sitting there .. so relaxing so satisfying with that connection to nature .. well worth the investment! Thanks !

Rose said...

I love this, Joy! I'm so glad you took photos of the process, too, because it really is interesting to see it from beginning to end. This is something I want to add to my garden somewhere, too; maybe 2014 will be the year I finally get it done!

It's going to be bitterly cold here, too, the next few days, with the "highs" below zero! Good days to stay inside and dream about plans for next year's garden. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you all the best in the New Year...and stay warm!

Patty said...

I really like the new fountain Joy. With all the snow cover so far I am sure your plants will overwinter without any problems. All the best to you in the New Year.


I'm still thinking about -37. Okay now I will shake off that scary thought. You stay warm, my friend.

I love the progressive pictures. In one you caught one of the workers talking on his cell phone. I had to chuckle at that. But they did an amazing job. I'm so happy for you. Your garden looked amazing beforehand but now, wow! Happy New Year my dear.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Rose girl hello there and a very Happy New Year to you!
I hope you are over that bug and feeling more like yourself .. yes, the weather swings here keep us inside but set fire to our imaginations for the garden this season eh ? .. fingers crossed you get a water feature in this year to enjoy : )

Happy New Year Patty girl .. I was looking at those storm photos and shivering all over again .. we have another ice storm warning going on here .. UGH !!!
Yes !! I am grateful for the snow cover over my garden babies right now .. they are safe for the moment thankfully !

Happy New Year again and thank you Gracie girl!
We are swinging from warmer temps back up again to ice storm levels and it has us all wondering what is going to happen now ?
Yup, I am so glad I had progressive pictures to look back on .. they did a great job and work darn hard getting it just right : )