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Those 'lovely smooth rocks' :-} are known as 'paddle stones' and from my supplier cost £350 for a large 'dumpy' bag. But u don't need to use these of course .... sharp edged are fine to as long as they are largeish ...... I have a few large Cornish flint type blocks in there and around the edge as well......
I bought one floating water hyacinth in July for my little mini pond (like you I am in the excavation process of the new des-res for my goldfish) and that single plant has grown to not only fill the little pond, but I have 6 new plants taken from it floating in a big tub waiting for their new home to be finished (eventually). So one plant maybe 6" x 6" has become many plants covering maybe 3' x 2' in just over two months. On that basis, I would think that a starter plant pack for a much smaller pond would be fully sufficient because they will spread out by themselves.
Sara anywhere that sells pond plants will be selling stuff off just now or in the near future so it's a good time to buy and you can just keep them in containers of water or similar over the winter in a sheltered spot. I had water hyacinth many years ago and it's really beautiful- not too hardy up here so I lost it, but beautiful fragrance. Water mint is handy if you've a space to fill, but- like it's ground dwelling relations- it's invasive so keep it in containers. At my last house it had been planted at one end, where the spring fed into the pond, in 3 or 4 tyres so it wasn't an issue although it seeded around a bit. Great for wildlife.
Lovely bit of work there dannyson. It'll be really great next year when it all fills out and you get all the wildlife in. It doesn't take long either. It's the best feature to have in a garden by far. I miss the ponds at my last house and even if I can only have a tiny one here I'll do it.
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That seemed to work - so another..... All looks a little bare and new - because it is just 3 weeks old - but at least the waters cleared now...
That seemed to work - so another.....
That looks brilliant. Don't suppose you have any sketches/plans of your pond showing the position of its different levels etc do you? Or did you just dig it as you went along?
that's one of the nicest new ponds I've seen for a while dannyson
Thanks for the comments - and yes I suppose I just did dig it as I went along .... but I knew what I wanted to achieve and the levels were the key which I constantly checked with a long spirit level and at times a long plank of 'straight' wood to sit the level on.
Its only a small pond about 10' x 6' x 2'. Just four levels. The bottom and the top plus two in between at around 8/10" each - just what looked right at the time to take the 'dry stone' walling/paddle stones to hide any sign of a liner. And I have to say I'm well pleased with the result. Having built a few ponds before - some much larger .... this is my best to date.
This one ....
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'Scuse me folks - just need to test my ability to access this thread To evaluate one the forum problems we are still experiencing.
On our lotty, by 'wor shed', we have a well established pond for the local frogs 'n' wotnot. I had suspected that the original liner had a leak in it, so I went to the nearby 'highly priced' garden centre and like the last of the big spenders, decided that a new liner was the easier and quickest option. So, £49.95 lighter, we flapped the new liner into and over the old one, having made the pond a wee bittie deeper, by about 150mm, or, 15 cms, or 6", or 0.5 of a foot. After getting it all re-filled with some of the original muck, slime and pond plants, it has settled down into a much nicer looking stretch of water. Not olympic but enough for the toddler pollywogs in the early spring.
Good 'ere, innit !
Done it, until spring ... not v good pictures, but lovely compared to the concrete earlier in the year! These may or may not work as a slide show (in which case you may get pictures of all sorts of god knows what) - I have a new photograph album package and I don't understand it at all.
I hope you work it out so we can have a look Sara
How weird, NC - they were there, I swear! Give me a minute and I'll try the b thing again.
Well, they're here so far - let's see if they stay there when the post is posted ...
Sara- what can I say! Looking tremendous! What a feature you've got now - and what entertainment you're going to get all through the year. You'll have a great time watching wildlife and seeing it develop further and further in years to come. You've worked so hard. Do you have a good vantage point to watch it from? Take a break and enjoy it
Thank you Fairygirl - I am pleased with it, and have only fallen in once so far; we already have had the visiting dragonfly and my husband and next door neighbour found a toad this morning, so I hope for toadlets in the spring.
Taking a break would be lovely, but I've been ignoring the back garden for a while, and there's been so much rain .... and as to the veg garden ....
Know the feeling! Running out of weather now for projects. I've got loads of things to do but I know I can't do it all and some will have to wait till next year.
The dragonflies are particularly beautiful. I used to rescue some at last house as we had a smaller pond which was netted - young fish were in it. They were quite happy to let me lift them out and set them free.
Try and avoid swimming in it too often though
You'll be peering in there every day from next spring Sara.
Thank you nutcutlet - I can peer in it from the sitting room when the weather's bad! Wildlife activity today included next door's springer spaniel (I knew it was only a matter of time) but her Dad told her off and she's a proper gundog so she probably won't do it again!
Great pond so big, me trying to re do pond so want more wildlife back into the garden