My Alpine Home

Sunday, June 3, 2012

How Sweet the Sound!

I love the sound of running water in the garden. Except for maybe when I need to go to the bathroom. Seriously, I am so bad at holding it all day when I am gardening.  We had a stream with a small pond at our previous home that hubby and I built.  There was nothing I enjoyed more than relaxing out on the deck and listening to that sound of water rolling gently between the rocks.

Every Spring cleaning out the pond was a bit of a chore.  When we moved into our new home I couldn’t bear the thought of losing that sound.

To make it easier on ourselves, (yes, we’re not getting any younger) we decided that we would go with a pondless waterfall.  Springtime comes and hubby has it up and running in no time at all.

It’s not large, only about 8 ft. long, but oh baby, it does the trick.  No matter where you are in the garden you can here the gentle sound of rushing water.


There’s the water that makes that wonderful sound.  Are you feeling the cool blue?


A sound that makes even Mr. frog jump for joy.


I think that the waters edge Siberian Iris enjoy the sound too.  Don’t they look like happy flowers?


Fun ceramic mushrooms are growing nearby.


And you never know what creatures you might discover.


This dragonfly given to me by my sister, Julie is very talented.  It changes color at night.


The orange and white poppies by the waterfall are putting on quite a show.



PicMonkey Collage




Soon these Iris will be bursting with white blooms.



I enjoy the feature as much at night as I do in the day.  It has three spotlights that light up the water.

I’m sure by now that you’ve noticed that a few of my pictures have a blue hint to them.  I had the camera on the wrong setting. Go figure, me do something wrong? Hee-hee!  I decided to leave them as they were.  Gave kind of a cool blue feeling.

My waterfall may not be large, but it gives me the feel as though I am in the canyon.  One other nice thing, my neighbor has told me numerous times how much she enjoys listening to the sound from her yard.

So nice to have happy neighbors!



I will be sharing with:

Lisas Chaos for Macro Monday

Smiling Sally for Blue Monday

A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday

Fishtail Cottage for Cottage Garden Party


A Garden of Threads said...

Hi Jann, I love your waterfall. In my next garden I would also go pond less and have a bubbler or waterfall. Jen

Shelia said...

What a lovely waterfall. I've never heard of a waterless one! Your plants are so pretty too. Love seeing your poppies.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Kathe said...

Just beautiful! I didn't know about pond less waterfalls! I was worried about the critters around here getting into a pond but now I am intrigued!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

LOVE your waterfall....and yeppers, I love the sound of running water, too! It is so relaxing to me.

NanaDiana said...

Jann- That is just a beautiful water feature. Your yard is gorgeous. I would love to be neighbors with you. xo Diana

ps...did you know we had a brand new grandbaby boy born last night?;>)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The photos look nice on that setting! I love listening to water outside!

Diane Writes said...

Hi Jann! This is actually one of my dreams. To have my own water fountain or mini waterfalls at home. It also relaxes me to hear the sound of the moving water. In case I would have the opportunity to see your home, I would surely have my photo taken there LOL You are blessed to have such beautiful piece at home

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

What a beautiful water feature. We have a fountain and it so relaxing to hear the water.

allisamazing said...

Oh, your waterfall is beautiful. I so want one in our yard. This year I dragged hubby to all the pond and waterfall displays at the Home & Garden show. I think he's getting the hint - lol. We are starting to clean an area where we think we may put one so hopefully soon!

Sharing Shadymont said...

That's a lovely waterfall! I'd love a spot like that in my yard, but neither hubby or I are good at that kind of thing.

Have a great week.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh how lovely!

Your back yard is awesome!

I would love to have water in my back yard - nothing like the sound, I agree!!

Ceekay-Thinkin of Home/Doublewide Decor said...

How fast can I get there? I would love to sit and listen to your water...I love that sound...your flowers are beautiful!

Carol Ann said...

Jann, you have a beautiful waterfall and flowers! Seeing yours makes me want one, too!

Kateri said...

This is so pretty! Love the combination of irises and poppies.

Lynn @ UpCountry Olio said...

Wish I could be there to hear that magical sound! You entire yard is so pretty and relaxing.

Lady Farmer said...

Everything looks so pretty and refreshing! And your poppies and iris are lovely!
I am hoping to get a water feature in my little door yard hopefully this summer! It will be right out our bedroom window ~ I would love to hear that sound sing me to sleep!

Dana@Mid2Mod said...

What an extraordinary garden! So beautiful...

camp and cottage living said...

I agree, nothing more calming than the sound of a water fall.
Yours is lovely the way it is set up with all the flowers and ornaments!

pembrokeshire lass said...

I love the blue tint. Perhaps you could do it again!? The flowers are lovely too. We have a pond water feature in our back garden and the water falls onto rocks as the pond is too much trouble to clear so we filled it with rocks! Lovely blog. Thanks. Joan

Liz - Imageremix said...

Jann, I've always dreamed of having a stream or waterfall in my yard, even if it was manmade! I am so insanely jealous of this. I hope you really get a lot of enjoyment out of it. Your garden is so alluring between the views and I imagine the sounds. Thanks for coming by again and keeping up with Quirky Vistas. You are much appreciated for your kind words.

Melanie said...

Love the waterfall, your yard is so pretty!!! I love the sound of running water too!!!

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Oh Jann, Just love your fountain. Mr. retro is eventually do one for us, and now I'm in a hurry, yours is great! Love your purple Irises, so gorgeous. Love everything in the post, actually! pam

Gina said...

Your waterfall is really pretty! The whole setting is just perfect.

Jill Walker said...

You have a beautiful garden Jann. You are simply amazing!

Shelia said...

Hi Jann and thank you for your sweet comments on my dining room. To answer your question - yes, those plates on the wall are transferware. I just love them.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Jann, Your backyard sounds like such a retreat! The pondless waterfall is a great idea. So it just runs on a circulating pump? I love the white poppies! So pretty!
Bless you,

SmilingSally said...

Oh Jann, your garden is an oasis, and isn't it nice that your neighbor gets to enjoy the sound too? Thanks for sharing your blues.

Happy Blue Monday.

Creations By Cindy said...

Jann, it is all lovely. I really love the waterfall. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Barbara F. said...

I love the sound of water in the yard. My neighbor has a koi pond with a fountain and it is so peaceful to me. xo

Chubby Chieque said...

What an awesome garden. Waterfall is so luxurious in a garden. That is still a dream for me.
Love all your details. Such a pretty!

Happy TTT,

Sarah ~ Magnolia's Attic said...

Your waterfall is wonderful! I can just imagine sitting nearby and listening.... and your irises do look happy!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

A garden with running water is a godsend. You are truly blessed.

Ruby, Blue, Yellow

Linda said...

Beautiful waterfall. I love how it looks. I think pondless is the way to go. We have one off our Family room. The pond in the front of our house is not pondless, therefore it needs cleaning. My hubby cleaned it out yesterday

Joy said...

What a beautiful backyard. We have a pond. I hear ya about the cleaning out of it. We are going on a pond a rama in Missouri, visiting several koi water gardens.
Have a great week!

Bunny Jean said...

Hi Jann!

Your waterfall is wonderful! I like the fact that it doesn't have a basin to have to deal with. Also dogs won't be tempted to go swimming!

I just posted about all the little critters we had in and around the pond we had in Texas. I sure hope the new owners have taken care of it...

Your backyard looks lovely, I can see that you like to garden. I don't get to garden much here in this awful heat :(

xoxo Bunny Jean

chubskulit said...

Nicely captured.!

My BLUE, have a nice week ahead.

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Grammy Goodwill said...

How wonderful is that waterfall? I also really like the sound of running water or the ocean. (Do you think that's considered running water, too?) I gave away my little fountain because I was worried I might electrocute myself. Long story. Now I'm looking for a sound I can just download to my computer!

Fran said...

Lovely, lovely photos! How lucky you are to have such a serene setting for your water....those flowers are beautiful. Thank you for sharing! Fran :)

Heaven's Walk said...

Jann - your waterfall is just beautiful - as is your yard! I have to agree with you about the need to hear that falling water. I had three water gardens at our lake house before we moved here to our vintage farmhouse. The first thing I did was to build another water garden. Three days later, I had 18 frogs living in it! :)

xoxo laurie

Leah H. said...

We have the garden but no waterfall:( Yours so lovely!

Visiting for Blue Monday- hope you can stop by:)

pink*cherub*moon said...

Hi Jann! Your waterfall pond and flowers are gorgeous! I could sit there for hours (and stick my toes in the water!) I've always wanted a cascading pond like this. I have a little fountain in a barrel which makes nice noise but isn't nearly as impactful as a larger one would be. Well, I'll just have to put it on my garden to do list! Thanks for sharing! Hugs, Leena

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Hi Jann, nice to meet you. Your water fall is gorgeous!! What a great idea to just have a watefall. I have a pond and it can be a chore at times, but I do love seeing the fish. I love the way the water falls drowns out the rest of the neighborhood ;)
Your gardens are just lovely ♥
Thank so much for stopping by.

Darla said...

We are like children at play when we are gardening, holding our bladders until it is almost too late, lol. I love your pond area, so clean!

Cozy Little House said...

It's gorgeous! Last fall I got a divorce in Texas and moved to Oklahoma. I left behind my new pondless waterfall. I want another so bad! It had a 32 inch spillway and mad marvelous noise.

Liz @ Sit With Me In My Garden said...

Oh I love your pondless waterfall! I know what you mean about maintenance on the ponds. We had one but removed it due to themaintenance issues. Now I have a fountain instead! I love your design and how it's laid into the property! Great job! Your iris look so happy! They are so thick! I just split mine up last year and they look much better this year. I think I have the exact same cement turtle in my garden too! I did the same thing with my camera the other day. I was playing with the manual mode but left the white balance on tungsten instead of for shade. I had an odd blue tint to mine too! Your home looks beautiful and I like your front beds that I see in your other pictures!

My Little Home and Garden said...

Your pondless waterfall is such a beautiful feature in your garden. I, too, would enjoy the sound of water in the background.

Fishtail Cottage said...

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful garden over here at Fishtail Cottage's Garden Party ~ i'm so curious if you've ever had the oriental poppies come up by seed? I love your white one!!!! xoox, tracie

Anonymous said...

I really like your waterfall area. We chose to do a prefab pond and used a whiskey barrel with plastic waterfall that goes inside the barrel. We have goldfish and one cat fish in our pond. This yr. we tore out most of the garden around it and planted more of an engish garden behind the watergarden. On each side of the pond with have the cream and green leaf hostas. And then behind I put in a lilac that has the blue-lavender color for a tree in the center of the flower bed. Then I have coral bells, lillies, Japanese anomome (sp.) iries, rocks and rockery plants. Then we are going to take the small rocks and make a dry stream bed to the back of the whiskey barrel so my husband can feed the fish. It has been years of enjoyment. With all the clearing of woods around our area it also adds a noise barrier. I have several faux pots with water fountains made out of copper pipes and small pumps inside. I have one by my front entry to our home and one on our back patio. I really enjoy the sound and looks of water gardens. We have hummingbirds year round and so many different birds. Thanks for the pictures and ideas for gardens.

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

I do too! I am terrible at wearing out pumps! I have to replace mine - I love your waterfall - can just imagine the soothing sound. I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,