I'm not sure what the allure of a pond is for me. Perhaps it's the water. I grew up near the Gulf coast, so I have a lot of fun memories of being in the water. Maybe it's the sound. Refreshing. Could be the plants. I especially love the lotus bloom. Or, perhaps it's the fish. Isn't it said that fish are calming?
Whatever the case, I've always been fond of ponds. So much so, that when I started putting in gardens around the house, a water feature was the first priority on my agenda.
We didn't start with the concrete pond I have now. The first water feature we had was a pondless water feature. I went to an antique store and purchased a large pottery jug. Mr. Holleygarden (my hero) drilled a hole in the bottom (we both held our breath during this procedure - we weren't sure it was going to work), placed the jug in a plastic tub I had dug a hole for, filled the tub with gravel, and put a water pump in the jug. When filled with water, the water cascaded down the sides. It was lovely.
But, I learned a few lessons from that jug. It works best in shade. The sunny spot we had it in caused water to evaporate rapidly, and algae grew on the sides. As with any water feature, caution should always be taken if children are around.
Growing tired of the jug, we decided to expand upon the pond and purchased a black plastic form from a garden center. That worked for a short while. But I never really liked it. The rocks I put around the edges never looked natural to me (although the black widows absolutely loved them!).
Deciding I needed an even bigger pond, and wanting a cement one, I dug deeper - and wider.
If you ever need seclusion, buy a cement mixer. No one, and I mean no one, will stick around longer than the first day. They will come up with the craziest excuses - or just not answer their phone until they are satisfied you are completely through with your project! And, later, if you want to be left alone, all you have to do is state you're thinking about some project that involves said cement mixer and - voila! - you will have quite and solitude for a few days!
Anyway, I love my little pond. I've grown to love it just as much for the water plants as for the fish. Some people have a more natural pond with plants that grow in the bottom soil. Which is best? I think it all depends upon location.
I've recently read about a long, narrow water feature that was painted black on the bottom, but was only 1 inch deep. No plants, no fish. A reflecting pond. You would still want to put it in the shade because of evaporation, and of course, always watch the children, but I think it might be a new project for me soon. Of course, I'm not going to mention the cement mixer!
All images were taken at the San Antonio Botanical Garden.
What about you? Do you have a water feature? Or do you have no desire for one? Tell me, are you fond of ponds?