Problem, Inspiration, Solution!

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Problem: Feature tree in circular drive dying.

We had a beautiful multi-stemmed Cousa Dogwood in the center of our circular drive, which has been in decline, and finally died this past year.  We were debating which type of tree to replace it with, and weren’t having much luck finding something of similar size and interest that wasn’t budget breaking.

Fountain Inspiration

Inspiration struck at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

This spring we went to the Philadelphia Flower Show for the first time.  While there, inspiration struck!  We saw this small fountain, which seemed like an appropriate addition to our farm.  We did some research, and found a post fountain that was the right size and detailing for our property.

 

 

We had the tree cut down, and the stump removed in preparation.

We had the tree cut down, and the stump removed in preparation.

 

 

 

 

The basin for the fountain was dug and lined.  Clay from A Frog's Dream did this work for us.

The basin for the fountain was dug and lined. Clay from A Frog’s Dream did this work for us.

The spouts came in an Antiqued Brass finish, which seemed to fancy & fussy for our farm.  I soaked them in acetone to remove the laquer finish, and rubbed them with steel wool.  I then dipped them in Brown Antiquing Fluid to age them.  They will continue to patina in the elements.  This completely change the look and feel of the fountain.

The spouts came in an Antiqued Brass finish, which seemed to fancy & fussy for our farm. I soaked them in acetone to remove the laquer finish, and rubbed them with steel wool. I then dipped them in Brown Antiquing Fluid to age them. They will continue to patina in the elements. This completely changed the look and feel of the fountain.

The fountain post being installed.

The fountain post being installed.

Here is the almost finished product.  We still need the electrician to come wire an outlet, and have to plant all of the grasses!

Here is the almost finished product. We still need the electrician to come wire an outlet, and have to plant all of the grasses!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to see and hear a Video of the fountain in action!

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