Tuesday, February 21, 2012

If You Build It... They will come!

Want to increase the bird and butterfly population in your gardens?
Here's the best idea for attracting them...

 Build a water feature.

(Click on each picture for a better view)
Waterfall Garden Summer 2011

Waterfall Summer 2011

Waterfall Stream 2011

That's exactly what my Honeyman and I did together last Spring... just the two of us.
We designed and built a beautiful pond-less waterfall and stream.
He is, of course, The Builder of All My Dreams ♥♥♥ 
If I can dream it, he figures out a way to build it.

And after we built it...
oh how they came!


What a delight to see these little creatures enjoying the water!

Join me for the next several posts as we share our experience 
of building this beautiful water feature... 
we had such fun doing this project together!

We'll share our secrets for building this 
at a fraction of the cost of hiring a contractor...

and you just may be surprised at some of the cost cutting features 
we discovered that made this project much more affordable.

See you soon!


  1. Sorry if I wasn't able to link my blog...sometimes problems with the server in our area arise...I'll try to send you the link. 

  2. Looking forward to this series, like your patio posts last year.

  3. That is so beautiful and so is the bird!

  4. I just stumbled across your site and I am so glad I did! I have always wanted a pond and stream.  I will be waiting anxiously for your posts on your water feature! Tell me, does your stream recirculate back to the waterfall?  The photos are just beautiful.

  5. so lovely - I wish I had room for a water feature!  

  6. Great job. And it is doing its job too! That pair of birds are really beautiful. Such great colors.

  7.  I'm still trying to work out how to incorporate a small water feature in our garden. Nothing as fancy as yours, mind, but just a small piece of water where we can actually see it. (As opposed to the stream that runs behind the annex.)

    I look forward to reading how you cut costs, because obviously some people to amazing things on huge budgets, but that's not really a priority for me. (I'd rather blow my money on, say, a weekend in Paris and then keep my gardening on a tight budget.)

  8. Those water features are gorgeous!  And what pretty birds!

  9. I'm so glad you found me. Yes the stream does recirculate back up to the waterfall... beautifully!

  10. I seem to dream up a new project for our gardens each year... am sooo excited about what we're doing this year.  Just got the approval from my Honeyman. He actually seems genuinely excited about this one. Another day's post.

  11. I'll bet you do have room for one... even a very small one would be wonderful. The sound of water is so therapeutic. Our tutorial will help you learn the basics and then you can determine the size.

  12. We always look for the least expensive option... it's the best way to live. It's allowed us to do so much more with our funds. But we also enjoy getting our hands dirty in the work process, rather than hiring it out. We've shared some really wonderful bonding time with our family through our landscaping projects.

  13. How beautiful! We have been pondering building a water feature, so I am anxious to see how you built yours. I love watching the wildlife in the garden, and to have more to attract them is a bonus.

  14. Donna@Gardens Eye ViewJanuary 9, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    My pond is the delight of my garden for me and all the critters that visit...the waterfall is the best sound

  15. What a gorgeous habitat you have created!! Love it, although I am sure your little winged friends love it more. What a special space to be enjoyed by all and I agree, the sound of water is one of my faves too. I would love to do this to my yard, but will have to wait till I have a larger property. Lovely job Carolyn..xx

  16. Gorgeous water feature, and the birds love it too. Really looking forward to your future posts about it.

  17. I'll be by to see how you built your water feature. It is so beautiful. I am in the process of improving mine, so any ideas are helpful. It's small but the birds and squirrels love it. I love the sound of the water falling but the birds seem to enjoy the stream the best. Come by my next post and see how they were enjoying it this morning.

  18. Your water feature is like a paradise and I love the landscape...the combination of stones and the plants is just wonderful!

  19. Oh I Love your post title! And what amazing birds visited your waterfall...sigh...x

  20. Carolyn, your garden and water feature is just a dream, and yes I did click on the pictures, again and again.

  21. Jen @ MuddybootdreamsJanuary 9, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    I've built so many water features for our displays at the garden center, but I have not really built a permanent one for my own garden.  So I am looking forward to reading your tips.

    Yours is lovely.  Can't wait.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  22. What a wonderful waterpark for the birds! And so beautiful for us human visitors to enjoy as well.

  23. I am dying to add a water feature for just this reason. I would love more birds, frogs and butterflies in the garden. You and your hubby did a great job with this project. It looks just beautiful!

  24. Waterpark... that's a great name for it!


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