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A Relaxing Water Garden

Cindy Boersma's Kansas City water garden is the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine. Red, or white?

It's amazing how an added water garden can provide relaxation.  There is something about hearing the waterfalls, watching the swimming fish and smelling the beautiful water plants that makes you happy.  It is also a great place for visitors of all kinds: bathing birds, drinking butterflies and visiting neighbors.  We added a water garden to our Kansas City home about 10 years ago.  It is made of Missouri river rock and surrounded it with native plants for a natural look.  There's nothing like coming home from a hectic day at work to relaxing by the water garden (with a glass of wine!)

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    meander_michaele 09/16/2015

    What a lovely project, Cindy. The rounded tumbles of your Missouri river slicks are particularly attractive and look like they were meant to be where they are. Looks like you have a nice population of fish which I'm sure are fun to keep tabs on. Your intermingling nearby clumps of black eyed susans and coneflowers are delightful and add a nice exclamation point of color.

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    HelloFromMD 09/16/2015

    Hi Cindy,what a charming garden to go with your lovely water feature. How long is the drop of the waterfall? Is it loud or soft in sound? Your feature is so clear. I am curious how you control algae. I have a disappearing fountain. We have tried a lot of different products and in the end put in 1/2 cup bleach every 2 weeks. If you have any recommendations, I'd love to hear them.

    1. jarrielmiller 09/16/2015

      What type of algae are you dealing with? Green water algae or string algae?

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        HelloFromMD 09/17/2015

        Green water algae.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 09/16/2015

    I think it is a great water feature and really well-integrated into the garden. I bet the Goldfinches have a field day on your coneflowers in the autumn!

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      meander_michaele 09/16/2015

      Oh, my gosh, don't you just love the goldfinches?! Seeing their bright color (as usual, nature has blessed the male with the showier "attire") always fills me with a childlike wonder. There are just a notch below hummingbirds in inspiring an "oh, wow" from me.

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        Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 09/16/2015

        I do love them. Ours (maybe all) are so shy that they flit away as soon as they see me. I have been know to pull up in the car near our coneflowers and not get out because I don't want them to fly away! I love them, too, when they are in their winter, dark-olive feathers, but the bright yellow is just plain amazing. And they sing so beautifully, too. I could go on and on!

  4. NCYarden 09/16/2015

    Pond and water garden envy all over me. It does look very natural - well done.What a great feature, and I can only imagine the countless relaxed hours enjoying it. Makes the wine even better, I'm sure.

  5. annek 09/16/2015

    So inviting and lush! You must walk along that charming path daily and enjoy the splashes of nature

  6. user-7007327 09/16/2015

    Om ah hum. Breathe, relax.

  7. sheila_schultz 09/16/2015

    The problem with even viewing photos of your water garden, Cindy, is that I'm so relaxed I don't want to get to work! It's a work of art. What time do you start serving wine?

  8. greengenes 09/16/2015

    Red for me! Great gardens!

  9. perenniallycrazy 09/17/2015

    Water never fails to add restfulness and tranquility to the garden. Yours has the added Missouri charm.

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