My Days In Soddy Daisy

Back in 2001, Veronica and I bought our first house in Soddy Daisy, TN. are reading it correctly....Soddy Daisy. C'mon..who names a town Soddy Daisy??? How about Stumpy Petunia or Plodding Daffodil??? Me thinks that whoever named the town was hitting the ole hookah a little bit too much that day. After moving in, I decided that I would give creative landscaping a try. Below is the outcome of my creative endeavors:

Although you can't see it in this picture, I placed bricks all along the front gardens.

This was one of my pride and joys. I built this fish pond from scratch. It was about 3 foot deep and we had various types of gold fish in it. I also put underwater lights in the pond. I placed them in such a way that they pointed up at the waterfall and illuminated the falling water at night. We also had some water lilies in the pond. It really looked sharp at night especially since the light that was pointing directly up at the falling water was red. I also added this fountain in our front gardens. I had lights pointing down and spot lighting the fountain at night.
Here is a view of the back of our house.
Closeup of the gardens in our backyard.

This was my second pride and joy. I placed underwater lights near the front of the water tub and had them pointing up at the statue and the water falling. I used the white background of our house as a "movie screen". At night, when the lights were on, there would be a big shadow of the fountain and of the water falling, displayed on the back of the house. The lights were strong enough to make the shadow pretty detailed. You could actually see the water falling and moving. It was really sharp.


Bernie said...

Your and Veronica's home is beautiful Rick. The gardens are lovely and you have arranged everything so nice, looks like what I see in magazine. Your hard work shows my friend and you should be very proud of your accompolishments. Thank you for sharing. Bernie

Tanna of The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Beautiful landscaping! That is on my list of "to do" this year. My last two years of remodels has left our yard in a sad, neglected shape. There will change! LOL. I love the water features and the FRONT PORCH!

Toni said...

Hot DOG, Rico! My goodness, I can't believe Martha Stewart missed you as a feature in her magazine (I'm serious, here). Of course you know I love the fish pond best.

Dottie said...

this is beautiful I love how you did all the landscaping around the house. as you know I love flowers again thanks for stopping by my blog
your talents for this type of work around your HOME is wonderful . you put a lot of work into it and it shows.

sunnymn said...

Beautiful building, the garden is wonderful and I feel nice house

California Girl said...

I love your landscaping! It's so picturesque and fits the house and yards beautifully.

FYI: not sure why but the Reader I use on my Blogger Dashboard has not been updating with your posts. When I double click your blog title on the reader of the blogs I follow, the most recent post shown is the one about the Hmong.

I'm glad I went to your blog anyway or I'd have missed this.

♥ Kathy said...

Wow that is so beautiful...I could sit in your yard all day (but I won't lol) I really like the pond! I want one badly. We have a 55 gallon aquarium which I loooove but having something outside would be so cool!

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