How To Make Fountain

Introduction

Use any large pot. Terra-cotta is particularly handsome. If the container does not have a drainage hole in the bottom, drill one (using a masonry bit) or drape the pump’s electrical cord over the rim. Disguise the cord by guiding a few stems of one of the surrounding plants along the rim. Set the freestanding fountain in a garden bed or border that has an electrical outlet nearby; using an extension cord is not recommended. If you think you will have a problem with mosquitoes, add a few small goldfish, which will eat the larvae. The number of fish you can use — probably not more than two or three — will depend on the diameter and depth of the container.

What You Need:
Container, 24 inches across or larger
Pump and fountain
Premixed quick-dry cement
Liquid water sealant
Bricks
Outlet with ground fault circuit interrupter
Zones: 3-11 Time: About 1 day

Details About the Pipe Fittings:

These are the specific parts we purchased to build the fountain, although similar parts from other manufacturers also will work. To make the fountain bubble gently, use only parts 1 and 2. For a bigger jet of water, use all three parts.

1. Anderson Barrows part #A294, 3/8 x 3/8 inch. This is the i.d. barb to MIP adapter that goes through the hole in the terra cotta saucer. The tubing attaches to the bottom of this part, leading to the pump.

2. Anderson Barrows part #P44, 3/8 x 1/8 inch. This is a brass pipe reducer, which screws onto the adapter in the top of the saucer.

3. Anderson Barrows part #U242, 1/4 x 1/8 inch. This is the flare, also known as tubing to male pipe half union.

The Project
Instructions:

1. Put on safety glasses. Drill a hole through the center of the terra-cotta saucer.

2. Using a masonry drill, bore four to six holes 1 inch from the rim of the azalea pot for aeration. Using a file, notch azalea pot for an electrical cord to fit through.

3. Using silicone glue, secure plastic saucer into large tapered bowl (to plug hole).

4. Install brass pipe fittings (male input with barb, reducer, and flare — which adjusts the height of the water spray) with 3/8-inch vinyl tubing through the bottom of the terra-cotta saucer.

5. To assemble fountain: Place pump in base; attach vinyl tubing to pump; and thread vinyl tubing through the hole in the bottom of the azalea pot, lining up the notch with the cord. Snake vinyl tubing through the strawberry jar and set on top of upside-down azalea pot. Attach vinyl tubing to the end of the pipe fittings,and rest terra-cotta saucer on top of the strawberry jar.

6. Place fountain near electrical source. Add pebbles and aquatic plants as desired. Be sure to purchase plants that thrive with their roots in water. Add stones to secure the roots.

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Miami Circle

Larry’s Cap Rock & Stone was very proud to partner with Exterior Expressions and Jay Hood of Glatting Jackson in Orlando, Florida to produce this preservation of Florida’s green space.

Large Dominican Coralina blocks dot the perimeter bayside path while native Florida Limestone – Hemingway benches are spread around the circle. Larry’s used state of the art methods to plane these irregular stone while maintaining the irregular shapes of the stone.

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Crab Orchard

By David Williams
Www.geologywriter.com
Photographs by: Sid Perkins

Named for Crab Orchard, Tennessee, which in turn is named for groves of crabapple trees, the rock first reached national prominence in the 1920s. Prior to that, it had mostly gone into flagging, sills, and foundations. According to a 1961 report by the U.S. Bureau of Mines, large scale quarrying started around 1926, when architect Henry Hibbs sought stone for Southwestern University in Memphis. Several quarries still produce the stone, which in 2001 went into and onto the Country Music Hall of Fame, in Nashville.

The Crab Orchard is a beautiful sandstone ranging in color from tan to blue gray with shades of yellow, pink, purple, and brown. Adding to the appeal, the colors appear as lines and swirls, many of which form geometric patterns. Dense and fine-grained, it is “relatively impervious to moisture, and comparatively inert to acid or fumes encountered in manufacturing areas,” or so wrote the Bureau folks in 1961. They also observed that dirt and soot could be readily washed off. What more could one want?

The Crab Orchard stone is remarkably homogeneous, containing on average about 93% silica. It occurs in beds of uniform thickness, which allowed quarrymen to produced a single sheet that measured 111 feet long, 8 1/2 feet wide, and 3 inches thick. More often, the slabs used in buildings are smaller, and appear as treads, copings, garden furniture, wainscoting, memorials, and roofing.

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Coastal Style: redefined

I am mesmerized by coastal style. Our stones evoke such a deep connection to marine life and our physical presence in South Florida is a daily reminder of the beauty of the ocean.

Coastal style used to be very kitschy but turned the corner a few years ago and marries Great Gatsby elegance with relaxed silhouettes. Here are a few inspirations.

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Oxblood- The New Sultry Color of Fall Adapted from Charles Luck

Oxblood – a rich red with a blend of brown, chocolatey undertones is going to be everywhere this fall. While the name is not appealing – some prefer to describe with the rather mundane burgundy while others prefer the more delicious Chianti description, this verstile colors lives warmly between red and brown and just exudes cozy. You can try a monochromatic look or offset it with chic neutrals like navy, gray, or black or with pops of red or orange – whether in attire or interiors. It’s dark, moody, but sophisticated too. This deep, rich color makes just about anything look edgy and sultry.

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Cool New Apps

Home snap: Ever drive by a house and wonder how much the owners paid for it? Take a photo of it and with this app you can find out the most recent closing price, lot size and school district. Free, ITunes

Houszz : called the Wikipedia of design this app features over 500,000 high resolution photos of interior and exterior designs. Find a designer, contractor, material supplier all with the touch of a button. Free, ITunes

Color Capture: Benjamin Moore
Take a photo of that stone or just about anything you want to paint your master bedroom the color of and Benjamin Moore will give you a color palette of paint swatches. Free, ITunes

Also be sure to check out the 2 apps we have previously highlighted the North American Stone App and I Stone for the IPad. Dal-Tile and MSI both have great stone offerings and apps for the interior.

Stonehenge

I have many college friends currently living across the pond. Their facebook posts and the news of topless photos of Kate Middleton inspired this post.

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in the English county of Wiltshire, about 2.0 miles (3.2 km) west of Amesbury and 8 miles (13 km) north of Salisbury. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is composed of a circular setting of large standing stones set within earthworks. It is at the centre of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds.[1]

Archaeologists believe the stone monument was constructed anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC, as described in the chronology below. Radiocarbon dating in 2008 suggested that the first stones were erected in 2400–2200 BC,[2] whilst another theory suggests that bluestones may have been erected at the site as early as 3000 BC (see phase 1 below).

The surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 BC. The site and its surroundings were added to the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1986 in a co-listing with Avebury Henge monument. It is a national legally protected Scheduled Ancient Monument. Stonehenge is owned by the Crown and managed by English Heritage, while the surrounding land is owned by the National Trust.[3][4]

Archaeological evidence found by the Stonehenge Riverside Project in 2008 indicates that Stonehenge could possibly have served as a burial ground from its earliest beginnings.[5] The dating of cremated remains found on the site indicate that deposits contain human bone material from as early as 3000 BC, when the initial ditch and bank were first dug. Such deposits continued at Stonehenge for at least another 500 years.[6]

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Plinth

In architecture, a plinth is the base or platform upon which a column, pedestal, statue, monument or structure rests.[1]Gottfried Semper’s The Four Elements of Architecture (1851) posited that the plinth, the hearth, the roof, and the wall make up all of architectural theory. The plinth usually rests directly on the ground, or “stylobate”. According to Semper, the plinth exists to negotiate between a structure and the ground. Semper’s theory has been influential in the development of architecture.[2]

Many houses in flood-prone rural areas of Bangladesh are built on plinths (“homestead plinths”).

Are you heading to FNATS?

Visit Larry’s Cap Rock & Stone
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Your $30 badge includes admission for all 3 days of the show and includes the complimentary Opening Session, demonstrations, the Opening Night Reception and a variety of special happenings. TLS Knowledge College (formerly the FNGLA Short Course) sessions are available at additional nominal fees.

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Show Hours

Thursday, September 27 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, September 28 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, September 29 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Join over 7,500 attendees, and attend the southeast’s premier landscape and horticulture conference and trade event. The Landscape Show features over 200,000 square feet of trees, shrubs, equipment and more from over 400 exhibiting companies. The Landscape Show offers a complete cast of plants, trees, palms, landscapeequipment, hardscape products, irrigation, production equipment, business services and garden center supplies.You’ll find superstar products you already love and discover the new looks, talent and ideas the industry has to offer.

The Landscape Show is recognized as one of the premier nursery and landscape trade shows in the country. Known in the 1950’s as the FNGA Trade Meet, The Landscape Show has a long history of bringing thousands of members of nursery industry together.

For 2012, The Landscape Show features 400+industry vendors; dozens of educational programs; industry CEU’s; peer-to-peer exchange, FNGLA Landscape Award winners; and lots more!

New in 2012: The TLS Knowledge College moves into the exhibit hall with a theatre-style format, conversation zones, one-on-one interactions with speakers and easy movement to and from the show floor.

Exhibitors

The exhibit area at The Landscape Show uses 200,000 sq. ft of space to showcase more than 400 exhibiting companies specializing in plants, trees, hardscape and horticulture-related supplies. Horticulture produce lines vary from trees, plants, shrubs, liners, annuals, perennials, foliage, turf grass and more. Hard good supplies include soils, mulches, equipment, nursery and greenhouse supplies, pavers, stones, statuary and much more.

Networking
In addition to the extensive trade show, numerous industry events surround The Landscape Show. Social events provide time for relaxing with old and new friends. Best of all, exchange news, information and industry knowledge as you meet with colleagues and associates.

Education

Educational classes are available covering everything from production to landscape management and design to retail to FNGLA’s certification programs. The TLS Knowledge College offers premium education opportunities through tours, workshops and specialty sessions. Free on-going Demonstrations are presented each day of the show, located inside the exhibit hall.

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