|Project by Leroy5||posted 08-23-2010 11:06 PM||6500 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
When we moved in 10 years ago, our front “porch” was very unattractive. It had a very man-made and unnatural feel to it. I first tore out the overgrown bushes and put a very small fiberglass pool (about 5 gallons) on one corner. A couple of years later, my hard-working teenage son Aaron dug a large pit for a large plastic pool that my mother was through with. He placed it, arranged 15+ years of collected stones around it, and bought a small water pump for it. I worked the spout for the spillway out of melted plastic and hot glue. Aaron took a large flat rock and ground out a spillway on it by using my edger for sanding wood floors. I made a flower bed across the front of the porch and around the ponds with a border of bricks from 2 former chimneys in our house. The water plants were Father’s-Day presents. We found cheap goldfish and threw a few in several years ago. Aaron dug up some wild cattails for the 2 largest pots. The water now spills from the pump tubing into the largest pot, and then cascades from pot to pot and pool to pool. The sound is very soothing. I drilled holes in the pots and made spouts from foam plastic insulation for 1” PVC pipe. A small ring of PVC pipe is inside each to reduce leakage.
Early this summer I found the porch swing in a dumpster covered with a thick layer of lichen and dead leaves, but with no damage whatsoever. After 2 hours of scrubbing, bleaching, and $15 worth of chain and hooks, it was ready to hang. Hanging took about 4 hours, since I had to remove boards from the ceiling and find suitable 2X’s to put the hooks in safely.
This corner is the most popular place in our household of 8 (!) people to sit and relax or to hang out with a special friend. Hummingbird watching has been the new activity of the last couple of weeks. In the summer, Aaron’s extensive potted plant collection is also on the porch.
The flower bed needs some serious work. The many Elephant Ears around the pond were a mistake: I thought the roots were smaller Caladiums with only the biggest Elephant Ear on the corner of the porch. Suggestions are welcome. We are in zone 5b – central Illinois, USA.