Lighting the night garden...

I have finally finished the lighting that began 10 years ago! There is nothing more romantic than a well lit night time garden. The mystery of the garden is enhanced by the shadows and fragrances of the evening, the stillness, the cool of the dark... the sparkle of the waterfalls enhanced by light.... and finally a completely navigable walk over the stone bridge up the stone stair to the bench by the pond. It seems a small thing, well placed low key lighting but it is quite an artistic endeavor! I had called a lighting company(who will remain nameless)years ago and was horrified at the prospect of $10,000.00 to light the garden and pond. So,first ( I was still drinking then) I toyed with the idea of captive fireflies, then I walked around with a spotlight and a gallon of wine in the dark to determine where I would place the spots to enhance the house from the street and at least make safe the parking lot and walks around the property. Well, (as it is never enough)this soon turned into the light saga extreme... complete with blown fuses and not synchronized timers and unpleasantly disgruntled wildlife( apparently they do not prefer the light) but a decade later, lo and behold... there was light and in such an appealing way! I love being able to walk through the arbor of roses to the side pond in the dewy grass, lulled by the sweet sound of falling water, the splash of the occasional frog, the cool night air... you would never realize we were in the city....until the bulbs burn out...

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