After my Mother's death, a group of kind friends and colleagues gave me a generous gift certificate to Hyam's Garden and Accent store on Folly Road - so that I could purchase a water fountain in honor of my Mom. The store carries fountains from two main suppliers: Campania International, Inc. and Al's Garden Art.
Last Friday, the lab (aka instigators of the whole fountain idea) and I went to Hyam's to look at fountains. There were many nice ones present - some small and inconspicious, some with little sound but that were beautiful with respect to how the water flowed over a particular surface. There were short ones, some that were quite tall - there were fountains that were designed to be up against a wall, and those with matching benches - and of course those with small boys clutching a cluster of grapes in all of the right places - and women pouring water from a tall, lean pitcher. In other words, there were choices - and in addition, they could order other fountains from the catalogues of their suppliers.
Now, might I admit that I've often thought that something like this would be delightful in Pamdanistan? Subtle. Green. Minimalistic really. Except that it would require a bit of regular maintenance I'd imagine.
In leiu of a giant green head - I do think the fountain above might be my choice. My thoughts: (1) my garden is not one of small spaces, it is not intimate - which are the spaces that many fountains might be best for - but since this one is a bit taller, it would hold it's own in various places around my garden, (2) as for where those various spaces are, I'm leaning toward placing it on a flat surface (something constructed) off-center somewhere under the circle of live oaks - an area also surrounded by dogwoods, azaleas, camellias, daphne, gardenias and hydrangeas - it's an area that gets about as formal as my garden gets, (3) this fountain sounded nice, and the color was warm - not cold, and (4) interestingly, as we were walking around on Friday, assessing the different fountains - this was the one that we all congregated around at the end - and soon a few people were sitting down and we were just watching the water and listening to the water fall - and it was nice.
It could have been the location of this fountain - it's proximity to places to sit or whatever - but I can't help but think that it would be a nice fountain to be near. It might be the kind of fountain that you want to sit next to, alone or with a friend - for a few hours on a warm summer afternoon. I also imagine that the birds might like this one too.
(But the giant head is really nice, isn't it? With that fountain, you could imagine skinny dipping below the falling water on a warm summer afternoon. That sounds nice too, doesn't it?)
Late Sunday Evening (and here's another one):
Even Later on Sunday Evening (here's two more):