I am an avid (addicted) gardener who lives in zone 8b/9. I got the gardening bug when I bought my house in 2005. There were just a few azaleas growing onto the house and not much else. Starting with a blank slate, I planted my first bed in the spring of 2006 and that's all I needed to begin a marathon of bed building throughout my yard. My goal is to create a "park-like" atmosphere - a place to escape and appreciate all that a garden offers. I'm looking to create some type of diary on the progression of my garden and share my gardening experiences. The good, the bad and the ugly!
 

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Granny Jo’s Fountain
by Jason Redmon - posted 04/23/13

Last Spring my grandmother, Granny Jo, passed away.  She had a long battle with cancer and even though we watched her slowly die, her death was still a shock.  It was a tremendous loss for our family. 

With her passing, she left me her garden fountain.  A little dutch girl that pours into a pedestal basin.  It had been a Mother's Day gift to her many years before. 

I contemplated where I was going to place it.  I walked through the garden a number of times looking for the perfect spot.  Ironically, I didn't find the perfect spot until I was inside my house, looking out a pair of windows in my living room. 

This is the back side of the foundation bed in front of my house.  The Loropetalum had been limbed up and created an open space.  I had just recently planted some Autumn Fern to fill in the zone.  How perfect of a spot for Granny Jo's fountain!!

The fountain was meant to be there and is so calming to watch.  

I didn't realize in placing the fountain at my window that I would get a whole lot more than just a fountain.  Birds, birds and more birds bathe here daily.  The Cardinals and Blue Jays are the main users of the fountain but Mocking Birds, and what I call Chickadee birds use it as well. 

 


Here is a Blue Jay bathing.  The pictures are in order of me taking them.  I can't get to close to the window because it scares them off, so forgive the not so perfect shots. wink

Being a gardener and creating this space around my home has been such a rewarding experience.  The garden is constantly reminding me of how beautiful life is.  Although the sorrow and loss of Granny Jo is still there, her gracious love continues to flow and her fountain reminds me of it every time I look out my window. 

 

 

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