Thursday, July 5, 2012

A cool pool in Alabama


Sometimes you want a spot where you can sit and put your feet in and cool off.  This is one of my favorite garden pools ever.  Jim Scott, whose garden at Lake Martin in Alabama is mind-boggling due to its sheer size, designed this pool with rocks he's brought in from all over.

There wasn't so much as a single stone on the property when Jim started his garden, which covers several acres of steep slopes overlooking a cove in the lake.   Jim has hauled in literally thousands of boulders, rocks, flat stones - everything you can imagine.  Here, he's assembled large, flat pieces to form a small pond where the overflow heads downhill to larger pools.

Note the use of hostas, Japanese maples and ferns on the sides.  The pool itself is kept clear of plants, so you can see what lurks beneath the surface.  You feel as if you have an invitation to stop and participate rather than just admire the water.

When the weather is this hot (in the 90's and 100's in so many states), you might not be able to sit on the rocks.  However, it looks like you could settle on one of the steps going down into the pool and do a little cooling off.  At worst, this just looks like a cool pool, whether it is or not.