"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Sunday, July 13, 2014

I have been busy making cement garden decor

and I especially enjoy making water containers.
Some with shapes......

some with decorative rocks........

some with a little charm.

With the Texas wind and heat.......every thing bakes and is in constant need of water, 
and I love to see bodies of water, such as ponds or bird baths in gardens. In the photo above, "my patio garden" has natural elements

 like pine needles, pine cones,

 and rocks from a distant river bed


I grow succulents of different kinds in buckets and other whimsical containers, 
and native pincushion cacti ,


and I use my homemade cement containers to hold rocks and frog figurines. I love water on rocks because it gives the rocks a whole fresh and pretty look. 

I use the large water containers for birds, bees, and lizards to get a drink in the hot day. I toss in few shells that my small children( at that time)  gathered on Galveston Island on our family trips so many years ago, and added a small turtle figurine.  

To my delight this tiny little toad.....about the size of a nickel, found it's way into the water and perched on top of the turtle waiting apparently for a fly to swim by. 

If you click onto the photo, you can see the unique and beautiful design on this tiny toads back.
How about you?
Do you like ponds or bird baths...........
maybe a fountain as well?
I would love to hear!

14 comments:

Sally said...

You are so very clever. I really like the things you make, and the little toad is so cute! :)

Terra said...

That is an adorable frog sitting on your turtle and I love that you provide water for the birds and critters. I do that too. Your cement water holders are fabulous!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

How do you make your cement pieces? They are unique.


The little frog on the turtle is cute.

FlowerLady

Sherri Farley said...

What a beautiful little garden. I love the water containers, very creative.

Daisy said...

Your patio garden is so charming, Kathleen. It has so much personality. I love that the little toad found his way there and is making himself at home.

jill said...

What a wonderful and beautiful rustic garden you have. How you can grow anything in that Texas heat amazes me. Love the cement watering holes;-) We should probably put something like that out for our patio lizards. They are doing a great job at keeping the bugs at bay.
blessings, jill

Nancy J said...

All just great, your circle garden, super, an inspiration to me, and I'm sure all of us seeing what can be done, Did you use a "hypertufa" recipe for the stone containers? Lovely with shells and stones added. Cheers,Jean

Chip Butter said...

Lucky little critters to have your oh-so-gorgeous,water-filled containers scattered about. Your little patio garden is wonderful!

Karen said...

I love your patio garden and the wonderful things you created for it. And how wonderful of you to think of providing water for all of the little creatures, I'm sure they are thankful!

Muddling Through said...

Kathleen, you have such a beautiful heart to provide a little drink for the wildlife you so obviously love~ You have truly made a little garden of Eden right there on the prairie.

Thoughtzie said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE all of your work. It's so nice and original. I think it's so cool that you can incorporate your family vacations into your work, too. I love the frog on the turtle's back. I have a pond in my backyard and there's easily a million frogs of all shapes and sizes, so if you'd like some just let me know. ;-)

Debra said...

I just LOVE your gardens! I really can't imagine having a lizard run by....and I've never seen a frog like that. Beautiful cement containers too...

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Girl, if that does not do the heart good to see all your hard work enjoyed by this tiny visitor. HOW awesome is that!!!. I do love the different shapes you have created.

You must do a post on how you create these and what do you use for forms.

I made a birdbath once; the picture is on my side bar. The top of the concrete birdbath broke and I did not want to throw the base out. So I got a large 14" flower pot drain dish, lined it with plastic and filled it up with cement then started diggin' out the center, I added colorful stones while the cement was still soft. once dry I removed it from the form, removed the plastic and let it cure for a few more days. All in all, The birds did like it as the stones I guess scared them. BUT the bees loved it.

SO... do you water seal your creations so the water does not seep through?

Marie said...

I decided to follow in your footsteps and make some stepping stones out of concrete...the first problem was the weight of the concrete bag. I couldn't lift it without putting my back out, even just to get it out of the car. Secondly, my grandson, who I thought would enjoy the project, was less than enthusiastic about the actually "doing" part (he enjoyed going to Michaels and spending money on stuff to embellish the concrete with!) Finally, I never seem to have to energy to get out on the back porch and work with it...and especially not now as it is hotter than you-know-what here! So, alas, my stepping stone project hasn't gotten off the ground! :-) I had good intentions! :-) Your little bird baths look great, especially with the stones in the water. And I just love that sweet little frog resting on the turtle!