I’ve heard that we should view setbacks as opportunities…With the untimely demise of my many little fishes came an opportunity to clean, repair and rethink my pond.
Scrubbing pond liner is no pleasure…and it is very hard work. lugging cement blocks (cinder blocks) and placing them is even harder and whacking in reinforcing bar is even more taxing. ]
BUT, It’s done! and now I can fine tune my waterfall, replace rocks and build a small spillway… Thought about a small waterwheel…but that was after a whole pot of tea…I get over energized sometimes…lol.
In the sober second thoughts came a better idea…a rock cascade into the deepest part of the pond where I can place plants at different levels and place my filter pump more advantageously.
Tahdah…now for the rocks… pinched fingers, bruised knuckles, and raw chapped hands later… the first flight is in.
My pond now has:…a wall with spitter, 24" depth for dwarf nymphaea, a beachlike, gravel shallow for hatchlings and spawning, a spillway into the deep pond for enhanced water circulation, a very deep well like dimple in the very bottom of the deep part for over wintering fish and plants, a rock cascade, shelter from sun for fish…and plant plateaux… I have one small hole to patch and some landscaping around the outer margins, want to find some really big flagstones… and replace some of the grass with patio stones/flagstone…and then I can get on to the really important stuff… planting…lol.
with the sudden, drastic change in temps my perennials are emerging at a record rate…so with my hopes high…I’m keeping to the momentum and getting it done!.
Tempus fugit…carpe diem.
- 21 Apr, 2008
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