Rain Chain Makes a Great Water Feature

Water from a hose running through the chain.
Our house is and has been gutter-challenged since we moved in nearly 15 years ago. I won't go into the whole history, but what is important to note is that our lot has a lot of mature trees. In fact, if you flew over our house in mid-summer, it would be mostly obscured from view save patches of roof and portions of my flower garden.

Our house's former owners didn't believe in gutters because they'd have to be cleaned out so often. I don't recall exactly how I talked my husband into installing gutters on the front of the house, but there, we have them. Except that the gutter on the northeast corner of the house just ends. No downspout, no end cap - rain just pours like a concentrated waterfall into the landscape.

The landscape of which I speak is draped with four layers of English ivy with accents of thistle, Virginia creeper and poison ivy for contrast. Except for the English ivy, which some well-meaning doofus planted as a ground cover, the combination is nature's own medley. And it doesn't seem to mind the intensity of the stream whenever it rains.
Just hanging without a gutter.

It was the perfect spot for a rain chain. Which is why I said yes when a representative from Rain Chains Direct asked if I would like to try one of their rain chains. I chose the Aged Square Cups design for its contemporary lines that would go with our ranch style home. When the chain arrived, it seemed big and clunky, but once it was set up on the house, I knew it would look great.

After getting the ladder out of the garage and setting it up on the surprisingly-not-eroded ground beneath the endless gutter, my husband was eventually shamed into climbing it and installing the chain. Because rain was not in the forecast, I also got him to aim the hose at the gutter and let 'er rip.

I was really surprised how quickly the "rain" ran through the cups. Although I'd for some reason imagined it would make a sound, it didn't. But I found it fascinating to watch.

So if and when I move the chain or buy another one, I will definitely put it in a location where I can watch it when it's really raining.

Whether you're looking to divert rain water, put some pizazz into a faulty or functioning gutter, or add an inexpensive water feature to your garden, you might want to look into Rain Chain Direct's selection.

Rain Chain Direct makes its chains from solid copper that will eventually develop a subtle patina. Now I can't wait for some rain!