Monday, May 24, 2010

Bloomin' Tuesday

Last week on my Bloomin' Tuesday post I gave a sneak peak of these sleepy little birdies to the left and mentioned that I would be featuring them this week. Aren't they beautiful?

Saturday was my birthday and earlier in the week my husband bought me this beautiful fountain and installed it on Saturday for my birthday.

There is something about the sound of cascading water in a garden that makes my heart go flippity-flop. Seriously, I adore it. Deep down I think it has something to do with my love for the ocean. Since we are mid-country dwellers and don't own a beach house in Santa Cruz, a fountain in the back yard is the next best thing.

When we were looking at the fountains at the local nursery, I asked the gentleman waiting on us just how difficult it was to install a fountain. He said, "You put it on the ground, fill it with water, and plug it in." Knowing my husband and his attention to detail, I knew it wouldn't be that simple, but still it held definite promise of being an easy installation. And, you know what? It was quite easy...

My hubs wanted to place it on three bricks to ensure a level base. The salesman said to put it on a little sand and leave it at that, but my husband is an engineer. (For those of you whose husbands are engineers no other explanation is necessary.) Note the drawing he copied off the internet and pierced through the metal rod so the bricks would be placed "just so." Gotta love that man. After the bricks were all level we moved the base onto the bricks and checked it with the level again.

Then we moved the base off the bricks because it wasn't perfectly level. This man needs professional help. When I reminded him that it isn't healthy to be such a perfectionist, he turned to me with a smile on his face and said, "Well, it worked when I picked you!" That comment always makes me melt and shuts me up quick-like. ;o)

Then he ran the cord under the sidewalk and leveled the dirt. I had the difficult job of filling the fountain and plugging it in...

Isn't it gorgeous? I love it so much! Today I'm going to the nursery and buying a gazillion impatiens to plant around the base of the fountain. Lots of kudos to my talented hubs for a fabulous installation job!

You might also want to check out two other posts I created last week. The first was on the selection of plants for container gardens and the second was care and maintenance for container gardens.



Linked to:
Boardwalk Bragfest @ Bobbypins Boardwalk
Bloomin' Tuesday @ Ms. Green Thumb Jean's.
Woo Hoo Wednesday @ Always Nesting

52 comments:

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

Happy Birthday! The fountain is beautiful! What a sweet hubs you have!
gail

Stacey said...

I love your fountain! Very much understand about the husband and the installation process.

Paula said...

OOoh I do love it! Your husband is a trooper! I am excited for you to enjoy this all summer long! Thanks for sharing and give him a hug! Paula iN idaho

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Happy, happy birthday! Love the comment your hubs made. What a sweetie you have.

I love your fountain. If I were to get a fountain this year - or any year - I think I'd choose one just like yours. It's adorable.

Traci at ThreeDogsAtHome said...

This is the sweetest fountain I have ever seen. And I have seen a lot of fountains. My husband is an engineer also, but not just any kind of engineer, he plays in the water professionally as a water resources manager. And while most people want to leave their jobs at work he loves to bring his home. We have 5 water features and he would have more but I have placed a moratorium on fountains. But I love your new fountain so much I would make an exception. I might even show it to my husband.
Thanks for sharing.

Vintagesouthernlife said...

I love your fountain. Looks like your husband did a fantastic job.
I put a small desk one in my classroom but the children kept having to go to the bathroom! LOL
So much for relaxing with the sound of water running.
Thanks for dropping by my blog and
Happy Birthday!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Suzanne...

Happy Birthday, my friend!!! Wow...what a fabulous birthday present...this beautiful fountain! Your honey did such a great job installing it...it looks absolutely gorgeous! I just adore the birds sitting on the fountain...as soon as I seen them...I just ooohed and aaahed!!! Ohhh, I would love to have a fountain like this! Do you mind sharing where you got it from? Since I am in Colorado also, maybe there is a chance that I could find one. Anyway, my friend...I am sooo very happy for you...it's fabulous!!! I can't wait to see this area after you get all of your impatiens planted! Thank you for sharing this beautiful fountain with us!

Have a terrific Tuesday!
Chari @Happy To Design

Racquel said...

Happy Birthday, what a lovely present! Hubby did a good job in the installation too. ;) No explanations necessary, mine is no engineer but has the same 'perfectionist' qualities. lol

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

The fountain looks great, and lucky you for such a professional installation!

Debbie said...

Happy Birthday! And how thoughtful. I have always wanted a water feature in my yard. My Mom just bought us a solar one....super cool, I will be posting it soon. Yours is super cute, very different.

Melissa said...

I'm married to an engineer so I understand you. Sadly my husband takes perfectionism to the place where it paralyzes him and he doesn't start things at all..

I love your husband's comeback. A comeback like that would would shut me up real quick too...

Can't wait to see the fountain with flowers all around it.

Andrea said...

Happy Birthday! This is a great addition to your beautiful garden!

Always Nesting said...

You are one lucky wife. What a sweet, sweet gift and wow! is it beautiful!! I want one :)

Woo Hoo! Wednesday will be posted late this afternoon. That's a great Woo Hoo! if you'd like to link.

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Funny. I got a good laugh out of your post. That is such a unique fountain. I love those birdies on it. It's going to look so stunning with impatiens around it, especially when they take off and are real full. I hope you post it again later. What a beautiful piece to enjoy in your back yard. Happy Birthday.

Suzanne said...

For those interested the fountain it is a "Passaros Patio Fountain." It is described as "classic millstone outdoor water accent with delicate bird statues." There are several of these fountains that are somewhat silimar -- one with frogs, one will a "lily pond with a frog" and this bird fountain.

Tess said...

I love the fountain! I want one now!lol

Katie said...

That is beautiful! And I can already imagine the impatients!

Jen said...

LOoks like a good hubby to me! I love that bird fountain it is sooo sweet with those little birdies perched up to. Hope your Birthday was wonderful!

Melissa @SavingCentswithSense said...

Your fountain is beautiful! :) I'll have to show my hubby this post....for some inspiration :)

Love Stitched said...

Thanks so much for your comment on my blog!! It really makes my day getting sweet encouragements from my readers :)

{Brittany}

Lynn said...

Great fountain. I love the sound of running water, it reminds me of the creek that ran on our farm when I was a child. Can't wait to see the impatiens all around it - it will be beautiful!

Becca's Dirt said...

I love your story of hubby's perfectionism. I love the fountain and it is going to be beautiful with impatiens all around.

Jean said...

Your fountain if amazing! I love the birds! It will be even more beautiful with flowers all around it. Jean

Bonnie said...

I love it!

Theresa @ 612Riverside said...

First things first, Happy Birthday! That fountain is fabulous! What a nice present. Theresa

Jan LaFollette said...

Thanks for visiting today, I'm so lovin' your wonderful fountain...nice gift, I would say, you will enjoy that for years! Lucky you.

concretenprimroses said...

Fabulous fountain!
Kathy

Jeanne Selep said...

Very cool. I've always wanted a fountain. Your's is lovely.

jeanneselep.blogspot.com

Julie Harward said...

I love your little birdie fountain, so sweet! Your husband sounds just like min! Even the charming remark, mu hub to a tea! I love your blog and am adding you to my blog list! :D

Green Willow Pond said...

I found you at bobbypins boardwalk. Love your fountain! I want one in the worst way. I grew up on a lake and so miss the sound of the water, especially at night. In the summer, with the windows open, the sound would lull me to sleep.

julie said...

I must say it is one of the most beautiful fountains I've seen. My bday was sat too! I wish my hubs had seen it! May I ask where you got it??

julie said...

Thanks so much. I will call around!

Always Nesting said...

Woo Hoo! I'm so glad you linked this post to share with us at Woo Hoo! Wednesday.That fountain is just breathtaking!

Bobbie said...

Just beautiful! :) I have a link party that I would love for you to join. It is on Saturdays at www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

The Gough Inn said...

New to your blog -- love your post -- I've not seen a water fountain like that one -- I want one too -- lucky you! I'll be back! Plus you have so many beautiful items you have made!

The Gough Inn said...

New to your blog -- love your post -- I've not seen a water fountain like that one -- I want one too -- lucky you! I'll be back! Plus you have so many beautiful items you have made!

Tina said...

Suzanne, I just love your fountain with those sweet little birds! Enjoy ~ Tina xx

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Hi Suzanne, just found you through sweet Tina. Your blog is lovely, now I need to have a fountain too, yours is gorgeous! Off to look at some of your past posts & your Etsy shop, love Etsy ;)
Will follow you so I do not have to miss your future posts.
Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday! xo

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

I hope you birthday was wonderful and I hope you trip to St. Louis for the graduation was also great! This fountain is perfect! I love the style of it and the birds are so unique. I love it -- and I agree, the sound of water is so enticing and relaxing. What a wonderful gift you hubby gave to you. Looks like he leveled it all out so that the water will spread out as it flows -- PERFECT

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

I thought I was a follower, but I was wrong -- Now I am!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Happy Belated Birthday~!!
that birdbath is Fabulous~!!!

Sonny

Kristen Andrews said...

I love fountains but this one is adorable, I find them very tranquil

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

That is one cute looking fountain! I have been looking for one but can't find one that isn't totally cheesy looking. I love the sounds of a fountain too. It's the best.

My hubby is an engineer so I know what you are talking about :) They are handy to have around!

Michela said...

Hi Suzanne! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I love your water fountain. I am the same way- I love having water around me! It helps that I live in MN- the land ot 10,000 lakes. =)

Elena said...

I love your fountain! It is beautiful and unique!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I can't decide which I love more, your fountain, or the telling of its installation. LOL (I really did.) Do birds bath in the fountain?

Happy birthday!

Suzanne said...

Hopefully the birds won't bathe in the fountain. We have a bird bath close by that they can use.

LC said...

That's quite a unique fountain... I really like it! Larry

Becky said...

Happy Belated Birthday! That fountain is one of the cutest I've seen. Great hubby you got there. He's a keeper!

Merrie said...

Happy Belated birthday! I hopped over here from Coastal Charm. The new fountain is wonderful! I totally get the engineer thing. My Mr. Nam isn't one but is a tile man with an engineers personality. He can't help it- he comes from an entire family of engineers.
Every man in his family. Yup. Family discussions at past get togethers have included some hashing over details that just made me want to scream!

Julie said...

Hee hee hee...yes I know all about engineers...my Dad was an aeronautical engineer. Thank God they can do things so precisely! He did a great job and it is beautiful!

Renee said...

I love your fountain and your husband! If you're going to take the time to do something, do it right the first time!!! I so get it.