English-born writer and clergyman Sydney Smith could have easily been referring to the burning breath of August in Northern California when he famously exclaimed,
“Heat, ma’am!” I said; “it was so dreadful here, that I found there was nothing left for it but to take off my flesh and sit in my bones.” –Lady Holland’s Memoir
Tending to my oppressed garden has become an activity that I only engage in before or after the sun rules the sky, and one which always involves liberal applications of water on me and the dog along with the plants. But fortunately, there are other aspects to a well-rounded yard which are not suffering under the influence of our Mediterranean climate. Fountains and water features serve many purposes in the landscape; among them, adding year-around color and defined structural elements; providing soothing background sounds; and attracting birds, butterflies and pollinators. A yard doesn’t need to be spacious to showcase a fountain, either. A well-proportioned water feature can be the capstone to a small plot, patio, or balcony; equally at home in the flower bed, a shady corner, or a container grouping. The noise-masking effect of splashing water is perhaps best appreciated in close proximity to seating areas, as in small-scale urban outdoor spaces.
If you’ve spent any time around the grounds, you know we’re pretty passionate about unique water features at Magnolia. But we’re equally passionate about environmental responsibility; energy conservation is just one of the reasons that we now carry a full line of solar pump products. Versatility is another—remember the first cordless phone you ever bought? (Yeah, they’re life-changing in that kind of way!) Four sizes are available, each of which can be seen in functional fountains at the nursery. Of course, some applications require conventional pumps, so we have just expanded our offering in that category as well. Here is a sneak peak at a few of the newest displays, as well as some just-arrived pottery if you prefer to mix-and-match.
Don’t let the summer doldrums keep you from enjoying beauty in your garden!