Here’s a fountain any garden would have space for: A perpetually refilling watering can.
One like this captured my imagination at Canada Blooms one year, so I immediately asked the ever-ingenious Mr. TG to figure out how to make one for me. It’s just the kind of challenge he relishes.
With a few rocks in the bottom, it now contributes a gentle splashing sound to filter out some of the city noises.
Unfortunately, the neighbourhood raccoons see this as their own personal refreshment area. They’ve knocked it over (and burned out the pump) more than once. But that becomes another project for Mr. TG’s ingenuity. Between times, we enjoy the water music.
[UPDATE: SOME ROUGH INSTRUCTIONS]
A view of the back of the watering can fountain. Copper pipe was used as the conduit to add verisimilitude. That’s a fun word to write. An old brass spigot adds to the authentic flavour.
The kink in the pipe at the bottom made it possible to secure the pipe by soldering it to a U-bracket.
Inside, the pump is a regular garden fountain pump.
A closeup of the base… a little corroded by the years, but still in working order.
A hole was drilled for the wire, which is secured using outdoor electrical conduit coupling. The seal was waterproofed using Goop. Seems strange, but that’s the name of the product.
Rocks inside the can add ballast (making it a little harder for the raccoons to topple it) and modify the sound, turning it from the gurgle of a can filling to the splash of water falling on stones.
A stone under the pump also raises it a little so that raccoon-generated sediment is less likely to clog the pump filter. However, you do have to take the pump apart from time to time to clean the filter.