Is a garden ever complete without a water feature? Goodness, no.
So I’m now looking for a new water feature, most likely a fountain of some kind, to add to my garden and new patio, to help complete it.
But after looking at fountains for sale at several local garden centers and scrolling through numerous websites featuring hundreds of fountains online, I don’t think I’ve quite yet found my new water feature.
So while in Buffalo, New York for Buffa10, the third annual garden bloggers meet up, I’m especially interested in seeing water features and how different gardeners add water to their gardens.
I arrived in Buffalo early so I would have time for a visit tp to Niagara Falls, one of nature’s most grandiose of water features. Several us viewed the falls from the Canadian side.
And then the American side.
On the Canadian side, the size and majesty of the falls is quite evident, but on the American side, the falls are more intimate – you can walk quite close to rapid running waters of the Niagara River.
On both sides, the sounds of the rushing water require that you raise your voice for anyone to be able to hear you.
I think Niagara Falls is a bit large for my backyard water feature.
But I do want something a little larger, and nicer, than my current accidental water feature, which is a five gallon plastic bucket filled with rocks from around the yard, that then filled with rain water all through June.
Once I saw how birds were attracted to this humblest of water features, I’ve kept it filled with fresh water.
Well, birds are attracted to it until you go to take a picture of it with them drinking and bathing in it, then they are no where to be seen. Imagine five or six birds all perched on the edge of that bucket. Nonetheless, even without seeing the birds who I swear congregate there like it is the office water cooler, the bucket is a good reminder that even the simplest water feature will attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife to your garden.
As I continue to tour gardens in Buffalo, I’ll be checking out water features to get some ideas for my own garden.
If the gardens we walked through Thursday evening are any indication, I’m sure to see many inspiring water features to consider for my own garden.