Waterfalls, Fountains and Flowers / DIY

Faucet fountains add to the simplest gardens for sound, interest and beauty. What garden could not benefit from this?
Faucet fountains add to the simplest gardens for sound, interest and beauty. What garden could not benefit from this? | Source

This Old House

The TV show.

Playful fountains. How great would this be for the children's flower garden!
Playful fountains. How great would this be for the children's flower garden! | Source

Hostas

Combined Hostas are such a long lasting beauty for the garden in summer.
Combined Hostas are such a long lasting beauty for the garden in summer. | Source

Am I the only woman in the world to love to watch shows like "This Old House" or anything about making your home and yard look better? I love seeing projects from beginning to end and see the finished product.

Some of the shows I use to watch would take a yard and turn it into something wonderful with just flowers but many times they added a fountain. Some were really weird things, such as a faucet on a tree running water into a bucket below, or a watering pitcher tilted forward with water continually being poured into a small bowl in the middle of a variety of colored flowers. Of course the water only circulates so this is a very good thing. No waste. As you will hear in one of the videos too, you may use a little chlorine to fight mosquitoes from overtaking your garden having water there. Careful of animal access to this though.

I love the outside as many of us do and am not above dirtying my hands. I love the feel of dirt and would spend the whole day outside if heat and duty did not keep me from it.

Who can have enough flowers? The only thing greater is natures water and if you can't have a lake or pond or pool (or even if you can) you can certainly have a fountain. You can go big time or you can have them for pennies and make them yourself.

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.

— Thomas Fuller

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Put a beautiful fountain!

Rock walkways. Rocks add such interest and beauty to low growing  or ground plants.
Rock walkways. Rocks add such interest and beauty to low growing or ground plants. | Source

Hosta

Hostas and pine...looking real fine!
Hostas and pine...looking real fine! | Source

Put a large pot (ceramic or anything you want to use) wherever in your yard you want your water fountain to be. Make sure that it doesn't have holes; if it does, seal them up and let them dry.

Place the pump in the bottom of your container. Switch the pump power button to "On," without connecting the power yet. Put together the pump hose and let it trail over the top of the container. Put the power cord of the pump over the back side of the container; out of sight.

Put stones or river rock (as shown in the above video) in the bottom of the container, hiding the pump from view; being sure your hose is not twisted or mashed to allow free flow.

Make a mound in the center of the container with stones that you will place the top part of the fountain on. Allow about three inches free at the top of your container.

Feed your pump hose through the hole in the pot, or attach it to the hose nozzle of your fountain nozzle. Adjustment of hose is as simple as cutting with scissors. Adjust to your desired look.

Fill with water minus about one inch from the top of your container or rocks. Put the power to the plug now and the water will be pushed up from the pump hose, creating a twirling fountain.

There are alternative water flows in your pump so you can have a choice here. I love the spray of water personally.

Fountain Types - What You Want and Why

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Learn how to place fountains in precise places to better enjoy. Bring in a nice sound with one; drown out a bad sound with another!

Birdbaths look good anywhere and everywhere

How about a fence? Just a piece of fencing, wooden or plastic both are so interesting.
How about a fence? Just a piece of fencing, wooden or plastic both are so interesting. | Source

Solar Powered Fountains

Featuring water pump.

Rock pond running stream. A small rock pond is so easy to do and if you want to go a little deeper you can have a goldfish pond!
Rock pond running stream. A small rock pond is so easy to do and if you want to go a little deeper you can have a goldfish pond! | Source

Water Fountains

Do you have one and/or would you like one?

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You may have a solar powered fountain; featuring a water pump connected to a solar panel. With no battery so it will not work at night and may not work on cloudy days. If that is no concern to you then this is very good. If you are in an area with much cloudy conditions then you may have it battery powered.with a battery bank. This of course is for only outdoor fountains and usually the floating ones. Such arrangements are generally floating fountains and can be incorporated only outdoors. If the panels are installed separately, with connections running from the panel to the pump this kind of fountains can be installed in shady areas or indoors.

This can be beneficial not having to electrically be concerned and after the initially price of materials it is free of cost running it. If using indoors it puts humidity in the home which is very beneficial! So you have lots of choices and if you are into flowers and their loveliness; fountains and lighting will give you years of pleasure. With the cost of vacationing and rising gas prices why not spend the summer at home making your yard and/or home or patio a place of real beauty and peace and surely have fun planning and doing.

So here you go. If this interests you please watch the videos to see just how simple this can be. Of course the waterfalls are more work and maybe not for everyone but have a look at how simple it is too really and nothing to it especially if you can get someone to do your digging and heavy stone lifting for the falls.

This doesn't nearly show you the beauty you can have but it can get your imagination going and the sky is the limit on ideas, aren't they?

Be a first. Think up something no one else has even considered!


"Leisure is a form of silence, not noiselessness. It is the silence of contemplation such as occurs when we let our minds rest on a rosebud, a child at play, a Divine mystery, or a waterfall."

— Fulton J. Sheen

Indoor fountains

Fountains come in smaller sizes and we can have them right indoors now if we want! You find them today in lobbies of all kinds and they are so fantastic why not have one of our own? Can you imagine the comforting sounds of a fountain in your home? I bet you can!

Indoor water fountains can go with any style of furniture you have in your home. There are so many designs but come in three basic models: table top, floor, and wall mounted and these three types are made with a reservoir for water containment, the fountain head, and naturally the pump which is forever moving the water from the reservoir to the fountain head. These three features will no doubt remain the same.

Table top indoor fountains are for the most part small in stature and fit well on a desk, end table or the like. They take very minimal space and the height on them can vary depending on what you want or have in mind. These work very adequately in small rooms so that is no problem. There is also a table top water fountain battery run where most have two reservoirs instead of one reservoir and one fountain head. Most often the top reservoir will have a lip so the water will drip down to the bottom reservoir.

The floor model fountain is basically the same as table top but a larger version. These are very beautiful and can be costly but there are smaller versions of the floor water fountain that are to a degree free standing but are leaning against the wall; unattached. These are more appropriate for the smaller room or entry way.

The wall indoor water fountain is great to add a style to any size room not taking up floor space; just a wall space you chose for your beautiful fountain. You can add style around to add to your theme or just simply let your fountain speak for itself!

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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Running water will also attract birds to the yard. For lots of birds all one needs is water, cover(places for them to hide), and seed. Very nice hub and great pics!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

aviannovice, that is true it would; so one would need to consider that when treating the water to combat mosquitoes. Thank you.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Same herewith the deja vu Jackie lol. Love the new pic of the water fountain with the helpful little boy and others are great too. You live in a very beautiful spot. How 'bout all the rain lately! The vid wouldn't upload but will try again later on to hear the special song.


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Vladimir Uhri 4 years ago from HubPages, FB

It is beautiful one can see (and hear).


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Sorry about that Alastar, but it is computer related. One of my PCs opens it right up and the other sounds broken. I have better luck when I remember to delete history. I did it up a little different for the ones who got fooled the second time around.

Oh, Lord, the rain, I do hope it is done now but I heard someone say we are gonna get PM ones tomorrow! I hope it is PM after my doctors appointment!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Vladimir; thank you so very much!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

This is one of the most beautiful Hubs I've seen using video. I'd love to try a video, but just haven't been brave enough to try. You are an inspiration for me. I have a little fountain in my garden that I enjoy so much. I love the sound of the water. I'll vote this UP, etc.etc.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Jackie, its the same for me duja vu.

It's a great video I would use but here in Las Vegas need are desperate for water, this means no to water falls even though they do use recycled water the sun evporates it in our heat.

Vote up useful and intersting.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi Jackie, this was lovely, I loved the video's and all the photo's too, makes me want to try my hand at making a fountain. Voted up! cheers nell


Poetic Fool 4 years ago

Jackie, glad to see you got this wonderful hub back up. You've got lots of good info here and as I said before, it has motivated me to actually do that water feature project in my backyard. The video you made is beautiful and the song just makes it. The instructional videos are great too. Thanks for all the hard work to get this one back up. Voted up, use, awesome and interesting!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks so much Mary I can use it. The more people that comment the lower my score goes, lol. I'm use to it!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Really sorry about that Joyce. I am very lucky to live in such a moist, lush place I know and have loved it always. I never take it for granted. They will be talking drought here though before long although it is pouring cats and dogs and has been for two days. I think if everyone left nature alone she would be OK. Thanks so much for coming back by, and I didn't expect all who have been already to but appreciate it.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks Nell, now that I have done it wrong and right I think I have got it by George! I will probably do some more to get in practice. Lot of fun. Good to see you as always!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Rick for showing back up, I did try to give something different for ones who may revisit. Can use your votes, appreciate it! Oh, and a fountain will give you such a joy I know you will love it.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This is pretty close to paradise! I love the vines around the tree photo best. You put a love of hard work into making your garden beautiful and it shows so well. Thanks for the lovely tour and the tips on making your own fountain.


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amillar 4 years ago from Scotland, UK

You certainly know how to put an attractive hub together Jackie. It looks like you have green/colourful fingers too (to stretch a cliché). You have me wishing I lived in your part of the world.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Teaches it is a pretty wonderful place but of course as the world moves in the culture moves out and that is the one sad thing. I think the flower you are speaking of is the camilla, one of my favorite, it just looks like a vine there.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

It is definitely beautiful here most of the year, amillar, and green all the way through. Flowers bloom past Christmas so I am lucky. Thanks for your visit. Great compliment on my hub, I really appreciate it!


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

Jackie, beautiful music and images! You are truly lucky to live among such lush surroundings. I too love the sound of water and plan to buy or make a small solar fountain for my balcony. It will remind me of my days of living near the ocean! Very informational and gorgeous Hub. Thanks for sharing!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you lindacee, I am very lucky. I have decided to make one from scratch all by myself. If I am not ashamed of it I will have pictures, lol.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This is a fabulous hub Jackie. You have worked hard to have such a lovely garden. Your photos and the videos are excellent. Thank you for the tips on creating a fountain

Up and awesom


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Rosemay, thank you so much, I really enjoyed getting it up and hopefully encouraging others to give it a try.


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molometer 4 years ago

Very thorough and interesting hub on gardens and fountains Jackie.

I never thought of water features to drown out noise. What a clever idea.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

That really would be but thankfully I don't have a noise problem, just beautiful sounds of birds singing and more so now than normal. Thank you for visiting and commenting molometer!


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

This is really beautiful Jackie. Nice job and the music complements it all very well.

John


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you John, I really enjoyed putting it together.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

I had to take out my Jackie Lynnley tag in order to keep this hub up like it is unrelated of all this done by me. I see no reason for this and personally think it is totally unfair treatment and since this is the third threat against getting this hub shut down I do at least appreciate I didn't have to guess about the big error instead of being told outright.


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articlesocean 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

This is really beautiful Jackie, I had never read about this topic but i just loved your hub! Voted up !


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

articlesocean - Thank you very much and can always use a vote!


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

This is a wonderful hub and your garden look very beautiful I like those shows to, and it is a great way to get new ideas! I had a pound in my last garden but I have never had a fountain. I really like fountains though and after seeing this video I will start looking for a fountain! Very useful videos and it gave me even more inspiration! Voted up, useful, interesting and sharing!

Tina


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Tina, fountains really are so nice and not hard at all once you have done it once and know what you are doing.


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chuckandus6 4 years ago from The Country-Side

love fountains and gardens and would like to have one some day great hub voted up


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Than you chuckandus6, they really are so wonderful and worth the small effort.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

I LOVE all the beautiful pictures that you have included in this hub! I love flowers, fountains and beautiful greenery. The videos are very inspiring as well. I never knew it was so easy to do a small fountain. Voting up, useful and interesting.. thank you so much for sharing!!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Jamie for checking this out. i plan to add more fountains and flowers, this was really fun to do.


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noturningback 4 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA

Beautiful and relaxing, reminds me of being in the wood near a babbling brook. For myself, this is a lullaby. Great hub!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you so much, noturningback! This was really fun and I look forward to another one.


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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Jackie... great hub and filled with information. Over the years I have created several in the landscape industry and Golf courses and they are attractive features. There is nothing more pleasing to the eye or the ear than running water.

Hugs and all


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Rolly, I think that is true, it is equal to sleeping to a good rain but we can relax awake and enjoy the beauty, can't we?


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

Jackie Lynnley: I loved this hub because it not only sparked my imagination it empowered me to be creative. The videos are well worth the time to watch and the dialog is not only written well... it engages! Very Well Done... DMT


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you so much Dave, this was a really fun one to do and let me use so many of my photos which are my pride and joy!


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Jackie, wow, thank you so much for sharing your garden - how very beautiful with the water fountains, so very lovely. You are very creative and have sparked my imagination. I love the music. All of the photos are beautiful! Voted Way Up In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you so much Faith, in His love!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Wow, this is an awesome Hub, Jackie. You have outdone yourself on this one, such soothing music to listen to and the scenery is so enjoyable! I voted awesome and beautiful!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Rebecca thank you so much for having a look! This was such fun I hope to do another soon.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

So beautiful Jackie--I love the sound of running water. Just a lovely, lovely hub!


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ALUR 4 years ago from USA

Voted up for content and beautiful pictures. I have only in my new life cycle com e to take notice of the beauty of nature and often it's wrath. Even then, i find the beauty and the open fields calling my name to take notice.

You are welcome to read/rate my hubs as well:)


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Audrey, thank you so much, always pleased to please someone else.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you alur, I find no beauty in wrath but only find beauty all around me.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Indeed, who can have too many flowers, and what flower would not love the company of a delightful waterfall? This hub makes me think it's possible!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

RTalloni - Oh it really is and once you do one you will be hooked. Thanks for stopping by!


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Hi Jackie. I love flowers near fountains and you have such a beautiful presentation of them here. I watched all the videos and am determined to build a small fountain for my small patio then surround it with flowers and a few statues. I so enjoyed this hub and am very glad to have spotted it -- surprised I ever missed the first time around. Thanks for bringing it back out. Voted Up ++++ and H+


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks Phyllis and you will have so much fun doing it and will love it I promise you! Sometimes it is hard to quit!


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Sharkye11 2 years ago from Oklahoma

Love this hub! I really want to put a fountain (or two or three) in my yard next year. We have to decide first where the new porches will go before I can install any permanent landscaping, but I LOVE looking at the pictures and imagining how it will look once I am done! Thanks for sharing!


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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

I love the idea of indoor fountains. We used to have one hanging on the wall in our downstairs bathroom. It was so cool, until it broke. We had found it for under $20. It wasn't high end, but pretty. It's still hanging, but the water's not running.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks Sharke11; you will be so pleased with it and you know this time of year is usually when you can find discounts and sales on them!


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

It could just be your water ologsinquito; it keeps circulating and lasts forever but it does evaporate and when we replace it it needs to be a good water that won't hurt the parts; let them rust or whatever. Hope you get it going again!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

I can see how physical and emotional health can improve in these settings. Even looking at your pictures inspire a positive mood change. Voted Up and Around!


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you so much Dora; it may be a little work to start but as you say, the benefits are unquestionable.


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poetryman6969 22 months ago

Love the beautiful fountains. Too much work for me to actually put in a fountain myself.


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Jackie Lynnley 22 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

It may seem like it poetryman but it is just a matter of learning to do it. Like learning to drive and once you learn, you never forget.

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