Water Fire And My Back Yard Garden
Around the country when the gardening shows are in full swing you can literally find anything and everything to do with the garden from packets of seed right up to massive summer houses and chalets which would seem at home in a country mansion. Unfortunately if you have to ask to know what the price is then you can’t afford it!. There may be garden sheds there and these would be a much smaller amount. Garden workshops is another option and you may see wooden garden log cabins as well. So these shows are great for a day out.
However, it seems to me that more and more I am seeing fire and water features on the garden shows now a days. Some of these are pretty unique ideas and really show a lot of imagination. I have both of these in my garden but they are a bit farther apart and not as fancy as some set ups I have seen with the fire floating on the water.
I have often thought about some of the designs I have seen and thought they were nice but more times than not I am sure I would never do something like that in my own garden. I have made the determination over the years that I have simple tastes, I prefer the less sophisticated and more natural look and my wants are pretty basic. I would prefer an older home that was smaller and easier to maintain and keep up. I like the idea of not having lots of cleaning and extra work more time I can devote to gardening.
I know everyone has their own ideas on this so I really do not want you to think I am judging anyone I am only expressing my way of thinking. My fire pit is just that, it is a hole dug out and surrounded by curved concrete block. Around the outside the area is gravel for safety reasons in case of hot sparks or cinders.
It is very functional and over the years has made 100’s of the best tasting hot dogs and at least a ton of smores. It is not fancy it is just functional. It serves the purpose for which it is intended and that is why I built it. On cool spring and fall evenings the crackling fire is a comfortable place to sit by and enjoy the evening.
The same goes for the water feature I wanted to grow some waterlilies and also provide a feature which would attract birds, butterflies, and other garden creatures. I enjoy the sound of the waterfall but I much more enjoy the wild critters that depend on it for fresh water and shelter that come to visit. I could have gotten real fancy with all kinds of imported rocks and specialised equipment but I chose it to be functional and it is as well as being attractive to me.
My garden and my garden buildings are very functional and people are always complementing me but is not for the recognition that I planted my garden it is for the sense of fulfillment I feel from my garden. That is the real secret of a great garden. If it pleases you than you garden is doing it’s job and doing it well. So when you are thinking about adding new features to your garden be sure to explore all the possibilities. Fancy is nice but simple sometimes can be the best.