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READER PHOTOS! Pauline’s garden in California: water features

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Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Irvin Faria

I didn’t think Pauline and Faria’s garden in Carmichael, California, could get any better, but every few months, Irvin sends me some new photos, and I get blown away by the awesomeness once again. (Remember Pauline’s garden? We’ve featured it several times– here, here, here, here, here, and here) This time, Irvin’s given us a collection of photos of water features from around the garden.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Irvin Faria

He says, “Pauline’s woodland garden is our paradise borrowed from and shared with nature. It’s a wildlife habitat that includes tall trees for nesting, ground cover and shrubbery for shelter, a variety of plants and flowers for food, and sources of water. In that regard, we have attempted to provide visual and audible effects of still, running and falling water throughout the garden.  The offering of water for wildlife simultaneously provides a soothing, relaxing, and rejuvenating atmosphere for visitors and us.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Irvin Faria

“A three tiered fountain, allowing multiple streams of water to strike the water surface below, projects a pleasant mellow hum. The soft tinkle water droplets falling from a small spray head inside a pot attracts insects and humming birds. Two pot fountains, one centered in a fishpond, the other inside grandma’s old clothes washing tub, project a bubbling swish and display the beauty of sparkling water drops on the pot’s surface. Two stone basins fed by bamboo spouts attract numerous small birds. Rushing water above a fishpond and ejected water from the mouth of a turtle echo throughout the east garden. The bronze boy statue pouring water from his old fashioned watering can reflects a childhood moment. Rushing falling water down a waterfall, created to blend into and balance the garden, resonates softly throughout the lower garden. A favorite of doves and robins is a shallow birdbath among birch trees.” Incredible. I want to be there right now. Thanks, Irvin and Pauline!

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Irvin Faria
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Irvin Faria
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Irvin Faria
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Irvin Faria
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Irvin Faria
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Irvin Faria
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Irvin Faria

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  1. dukeofargy 03/09/2012

    Very impressive, and the timing couldn't be better as I am planning the installation of another fountain here. The movement of water in a garden is so soothing. I love it. I am curious to know how you keep the mosquitoes down though.

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    forloveofflowers 03/09/2012

    These are beautiful and I love the enhancements to the natural environment so creatively worked into each area. Every image is like a painting. Definitely inspiring!

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    meander_michaele 03/09/2012

    I felt my blood pressure calm just looking at these beautiful water walk among them must be sublime! I'm sure they provide a wonderful symphony of sounds that is enhanced by all the calls of birds and some croaks of frogs as exclamation points.

  4. greengrowler 03/09/2012

    Looking at those glorious photos, I can almost hear the soft sounds of water movement right here at my desk. Pauline and Faria, you have created a a beautiful array of moving and still water features; the surrounding plant selections are spot-on and enhance the vignettes.

  5. DellGarden 03/09/2012

    One viewer asked how we keep the mosquitoes under control. All of our created water features in the garden contain mosquito fish. These little fish continue to hatch throughout the year and keep the still water clear of any mosquito larvae.

    Thank you for your kind comments.

    Irvin & Pauline

  6. gottagarden 03/09/2012

    You have so many water features! lovely! I don't have any, too intimidated by maintenance.

    Another question, if you have mosquito fish, don't the birds just gobble them up?

  7. DellGarden 03/10/2012

    About mosquito fish - They are very, very small and fast consequently the birds are no problem.

    Thank you,

    Irvin & Pauline

  8. pattyspencer 03/10/2012

    Love the garden and all the water features as well - they are just lovely. I too tho don't have any because of all the maintenance I'm thinking I'd have - but I can see what a benefit they provide to a garden setting.

  9. jmlecocq 03/18/2012

    Gorgeous images!!!!

  10. CindyKS 03/24/2012

    Wow. I love fountains as well.

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