Over the years, my pond has been one of the most beautiful places in my garden. When it was first conceived, it was just a small pond with a black liner. It was outlined with irregularly shaped rocks, giving it an informal look. But I never really liked it that way. Black widow spiders found that the crevices made the perfect spot for a home. The liner was hard to clean. And the informal shape and style didn't fit with the rest of my garden.
So, I enlisted the help of my son, and we dug the pond larger and deeper. For the first few years, it was the place where people gravitated to. Sounds from the fountain soothed thoughts, and cleared minds. Fish swimming to and fro brought joy. Children found pleasure in feeding the fish. They would come willingly, with their little mouths wide open (the fish, not the children).
Just as I believe all gardens should have roses, I think all gardens should have a water feature. Unfortunately, I think I might break my own rule. Or put a water feature elsewhere.
You see, late this past autumn, we realized the worst had happened. The pond has sprung a leak. There was a crack in the cement.
Out went the fish, to the big pond. Out went the water. And repair supplies were bought. But it didn't get repaired. Instead, the hustle and bustle of the holidays took over all our free time. The weather hasn't been cooperative for pond repairs, either.
And so it has sat empty, sad, and lonely. And I have contemplated the pond's future.
I have contemplated the best way to repair it. And I have contemplated whether it will need repairs in the future. I have contemplated whether I want something that needs repairs every several years in my garden. And I have contemplated what my garden would look like without it. Now, that's a lot of contemplation!
My garden won't be the same without the pond, that I know. No sound of water running. No fish swimming. No children gently sliding their little hands into the water, hoping to touch a golden scale.
But something else could be easier to maintain. And I'm beginning to understand how important that quality is in a large garden as one gets older.
So will I bid a fond farewell to my pond? I haven't quite decided. But I am certainly giving it a lot of consideration.
If your pond went on the blink, would you repair it, or replace it?