Even though I love to draw and paint, decorate houses, cakes and studios, and pride myself on my ridiculous fashion sense (or lack there of), I have no talent when it comes to landscaping. Oh, I know good gardening and landscape architecture when I see it. I just don't have the "vision" when it comes to doing it. I am overwhlemed by the scope of a quarter acre or several acres. Just not my medium, those things that grow.....
But fortunately I have a very good friend who is an artist when it comes to planting trees, bushes, flowers and flower pots. So he gets carte blanche to work his magic for us. And magic is certainly the word for what he does.
I thought I would show you the wonderful space he created by building a pond, stream, and waterfall in what would have been a small, very ordinary patio in a very ordinary suburb.
Looking to make me a "water feature" he outdid himself. And here is the best part: his pond is so realistic looking that we have become the hang out place for 8 (at last count) frogs, with visits by chipmunks, and the many birds, who use the waterfall as a birdbath. We added the fish.
When I was home in MA this summer, my favorite morning ritual was to go outside and play "find the frogs." They are very clever at hiding, but I am even better at spotting them.
Here are some shots of the pond and the creatures. Click on them for a larger image.
This frog reminded me of Canyon de Chelly, in what appears to be his cave dwelling.
They really do sit on lily pads!
And the chipmunk makes and appearance, then poses for his close-up.
"Gee, we'd have some privacy if she would just get out of here with that camera."
THIS JUST IN: FROG COUNT UP TO 12!!!!