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Our little Garden Pond*

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*I have wanted a garden pond for some time now and although Harry was’nt keen he kindly agreed to make one for me. The first consideration was the site , we havent a very big garden and all my borders are quite mature, I didnt want to disturb my plants and shrubs so we decided it would have to be sited on the lawn area, this way it would be make a nice feature which would be clearly visable.

Our next decision was the style, a big factor to be considered was that we were going to undertake all the work ourselves and not being as young as we once were, we wanted to make it as simple and easy as we could. We decided that a formal classic shape would be ideal and that a pre formed liner would best suit this purpose.

So off we went to the Garden centre where we were faced with an array of different shaped ponds in different materials and varying degrees of costs, we plumped for a Circular shaped pond without shelves as we thought this would be easier to fit and we could put in our own shelfs for plants, we left armed with grit, sand and a large waterproof cover to protect the lawn and raring to go.

The Pond Liner – Finding the right position- Day One

Day 1

Work Commences
First Harry placed the liner in the proposed place, he then made a cut all around the outside shape., this completed he began removing the turves passing them to me in a bucket, I then stacked them around the perimeter of the garden, it went smoothly at first until Harry started to hit heavy clay and large lumps of builders rubbish and rocks, it was very hard work, after digging down to 12 inches he tried the liner to assess the fit, and time for a little break!

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The Work Continues and after digging down another 4 inches At Last It Fits!
time to call it a day now until tomorrow, Both in need of a well earned rest.

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Day Two
Placing the edging bricks and Im getting excited now!

The End of Day 2
The bricks are in position, just need to infill with shingle and add a couple of plants!

Day Three

The Plants and the shingle!

Iris Pseudacorus [Flag Iris]

Iris Laevigata Variegata

Harry surveying his Work!

A Few Finishing Touches – Grit and Pots and we have Done!

Well Im so pleased, I have my Pond at last thanks to all the hard work Harry has put in! We can now and sit back and ENJOY!*

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Thats really lovely PP. You made it so quickly too. It looks lovely with the plants as well. I might be tempted to do something similar I think. Well done.

15 May, 2010

 

hi carole im excited for you and got quite chocked up reading this lol,, im a big softy and seeing your harry doing it so perfectly was wonderfull and great for more mature gentleman ;o))) it looks fab and so neat, love the plants to, i hope you enjoy many years of your new pond xxx

15 May, 2010

 

It looks well established already Pansy, as if it's been there for ages! Well done you and Harry.....:o)

15 May, 2010

 

That looks very good PP,well done to you both :) It looks very precise.Will you be leaving it to nature or getting some goldfish ?

15 May, 2010

 

well done, that pond looks fantastic

15 May, 2010

 

Thanks all, pleased you like it, Im hoping to attract some wildlife and we are putting a little pump in , not having fish as there are too many cats in the locality. We are off to Stapely Water Gardens next week so maybe I just might come back with some more additions, a little Water Lily is high on my list amongst other things Shhhh lol.

15 May, 2010

 

Just read your blog PP, and like everyone cannot believe that you and Harry have done this in just a few days, and what shocked me, no mess, it was immaculate from start to finish, it looks fantastic, well done to you both. thanks for sharing.

15 May, 2010

 

Thanks Yorkshire, we had a large waterproof sheet over the lawn and as Harry dug out the spoil into a bucket he then passed it to me and i raked it in at the back of the borders, very hard work but certainly worth it!

15 May, 2010

 

Your pond look great Carole ,all the hard work was worth it ,well done to both you and Harry.....

15 May, 2010

 

Thanks Janette!

15 May, 2010

 

arrrr thats great PP a lovely pond... it was well worth the effort....it looks lovely now.....its hard work isnt it.. i dug mine out last year as i wante dto make a new pond, now it looks as though its always been there........

15 May, 2010

 

Thanks Holly it ishard work but worth all the effort I can't wait to see if we get and little visitors lol

15 May, 2010

 

It looks lovely

15 May, 2010

 

Well done to you both on the pond...
looks very neat ! :o)

15 May, 2010

 

Well thats lovely PP, i am having to re think mine as the liner has sprung a hole somewhere (its been in about 17 years though) that is a lovely idea for one i may just steal it!!!

15 May, 2010

 

Your pond is lovely. Good idea to slope the bricks; wished I'd done that with mine. How many plants will your pond eventually have PP. How wide is your pond please? You've both worked very hard, hope its everything you want it to be and more.

15 May, 2010

 

Thanks Donnah, Terra , Sk and Great for all your kind comments, realy looking forward to seeing it develop!
Great the pond is a small one just 4 ft in diameter, so will not be putting many plants in until I see how it goes, apart from a minature Water Lily, may consider removing the narrow strip of lawn at the back between the bricks and back border and put in some Astilbe and monbretias, will post pictures as it develops;0)

15 May, 2010

 

What an achievement in a short length of time.This will be a magnet for the wildlife Pp....a credit to you both !

15 May, 2010

 

looks fantastic!

15 May, 2010

 

So pleased you have a pond and it looks great. i've got ready made pond instead of liners, lot easier to do i think.

15 May, 2010

 

brilliant project. well done.

15 May, 2010

 

I was looking at pond liners like this in Kenchester Water Gardens today and thinking they would be ideal for my little garden. Especially as they sell made to measure grid covers for them there so that we could make it safe when children visit (hubby has two young grandchildren).

I like what you have done with the bricks around the edge. The pond at Kenchester was set up with a little fountain in the middle which I liked. Always nice to hear the sound of running water.

Well done, it looks lovely.

15 May, 2010

 

Thanks BB wild life was my aim for this little project and of course a chance to buy more plants lol, when we get a bee in our bonnet there is no stoppng us!
lol
Thanks Daylily, Carol and Seaburn another area to add interest and keep us busy!
Thanks Sarahlou we do intend to put a little fountain in, we are off on Monday to look at ideas at a Water Garden specialist close to home!

15 May, 2010

 

Those plants will look wonderful when flowering Carole its very relaxing to sit by water too, its makes a change to see some thing completely different an original idea of decor, you will have lots of wild visitors now lol.

15 May, 2010

 

that's a beautiful addition to your garden PP, you've both worked very hard to make a lovely feature :)

16 May, 2010

 

what an ispiration. I love the brick edging too. You make it look really simple and do-able. well done both of you

16 May, 2010

 

i agree mageth very inspirational and looks so neat and tidy well done harry for all his hard work

16 May, 2010

 

Thats a lovely addition to your garden PP, and executed with great planning. Looking forward to more pics as time goes on. I think your idea of removing the strip of lawn and adding monbretias and astilbes is a great idea as this will give it a sort of continuity if you know what I mean. Anyway you and Harry have done a remarkable job, dont you just love these obliging hubbies.

16 May, 2010

 

It would be difficult to mow that little strip of lawn anyway.Your little visitors will have a shady escape route to and from the pond and will feel safe under the plants :)

16 May, 2010

 

Thanks to everyoner for all your lovely encouraging comments, I will post more pictures as cjanges and additions are made, will pass your complementss onto HarrY;0))

16 May, 2010

 

Wow, what a team you and Harry are. Brilliant job - it is so neatly done and looks as if it has been there for ever. I can understand why you are so delighted with it - I would be too! You've made it look easy :)

16 May, 2010

 

It's really lovely Carole :o) Well done to you both. I can see you enjoying it year by year, and it will add interest to your garden.

16 May, 2010

 

Thanks Gee and Hywel looking forward to our Trip 2 morrow to Stapely Water Gardens not sure about Harry worried about his Wallet lol!

16 May, 2010

 

Really inspiring yet so simple, I will have to consider a pond in my new garden design!

18 May, 2010

 

Your Pond looks wonderful PP :) Well done Harry i bet hes glad he made it now PP as it makes a Lovely Feature :)

18 May, 2010

 

Thanks Ellio and Jac,both really pleased have added a couple more plants A Minature Water Lilly and Water Hyacynths;0)

18 May, 2010

 

Your pond looks stunning Carole,you have both worked so hard,and a credit to you.Will PM you later,been having trouble with lap top,since Saturday,and only just catching up..

18 May, 2010

 

Thanks Sandra was just going to email you sorry about your laptop but glad to hear you are ok!

18 May, 2010

 

The pond looks lovely and sits nicely where you decided to put it. The brick edging makes all the diference and I like your choice of plants. Well done you two.

18 May, 2010

 

This is so neat Pp, looking forward to seeing it with a fountain. I've never been to Stapely, but believe it's a nice day out, bet you buy some more plants there too :-)

18 May, 2010

 

your pond looks lovely, glad you finally got it.enjoy, how are the daylily seeds going.

19 May, 2010

 

Thanks Homebird pleased you like it!
Thanks Ba we have decided not to have afountain after all, thought we would keep it uncluttered and mainly as a Wildlfe pond. We did go to Stapley and I did of course get a few plants lol I have now got a minature Water lily and some primula and Astilbe for the backdrop., more about Stapley when I get round to writing a Blog
Thanks Patsy really very pleased another little interesting area, I have planted the Lily seeds but no sign yet of growth but I am sure my patience will be rewarded;0)

19 May, 2010

 

Well done both of you, you can now buy solar powered fountains, I'm sure stapeley has them, if not just search the net.
I'm sure your pond will give you hours of pleasure and I bet the wildlife is already there.

19 May, 2010

 

Thanks Kfunsters, waiting and watching for the visitors to arrive lol

19 May, 2010

 

YOUR POND IS VERY NICE, I BET YOU CANT WAIT TO PUT THE LILY IN, HOPE THAT YOU ENJOY IT

25 May, 2010

 

Thanks Patsy the water lily is now in and the little leaves are floating nicely on the surface;0)

25 May, 2010

 

wow thats really looks great. well done.

4 Jun, 2010

 

Thanks Michelle I have buds On the Iris too!

4 Jun, 2010

 

Think its lovely, may pinch your idea in some way and adapt it for my garden!

18 Jun, 2010

 

Thanks Fran, I can't believe how much it has devoloped in less than a month, just loving it and the creatures that have now taken up residence, good luck with yours!

18 Jun, 2010

 

Oh i have love the story of your pond P.P It looks well established already ,i think brick edging makes all the diference ,well done harry ,I have a harry but his name is Norm,what would we do without them.

4 Jul, 2010

 

Thanks Nanny pleased you like it! My Harry is a Richard lol wouldnt have been able to do it without him;0)

4 Jul, 2010

 

Great Pond so neat and perfectly formed ... Well done You make a good team !

12 Jul, 2010

 

Thanks Kpjo yes we do work well together and we are delighted withe pond.

12 Jul, 2010

 

Thank you for pointing me to this blog, PP. You do work well together and your efforts are well rewarded....your pond looks like it belongs there and well established as others have already mentioned.

I like the idea of having a cover on the pond (mentioned in one of the comments) as I would worry about small children falling in.....I'll have to take a trip to Stapley Water Gardens. We've passed it many times as our son did his theology degree at a college in Nantwich which is very near to Stapley.

I'll look at later photos to see your pond develop through the summer months.

3 Oct, 2010

 

Thanks Whiston lass, I agree if you have small chidren a cover for the pond would be advisable, as there is only the two of us to worry about its fine.
We visited Stapley but were disappointed as it all looked rather jaded and tired, there was not many actual ponds to see but there is a large garden shop which sels most things.

5 Oct, 2010

 

PP,,,it's about 6 or 7 yrs. now since I visited Stapley Water Gardens and it didn't make a huge impression on me then. We were with grandchildren that day so I thought maybe I was being too harshly critical as they were very small then and quite a handful....lol

I thought it might have perked up since then....alas it wouldn't seem so from your trip there.

5 Oct, 2010

 

what a lovely neat little pond ~ well done both of you ~ lots of work but very worth while.

13 Dec, 2010

 

PP....have you got any updated photos of your pond this year? I've just noticed your comment elsewhere on the site that you plan to remove the grass behind the pond as it is awkward to mow...seems a good plan :)

And you mentioned last year you were getting lots of critters visiting the pond too....that sounds interesting to observe.

Good luck with your revamp plan, PP.

5 Mar, 2011

 

Thanks Sicki just waiting now for everything to come back to life again;0)
Jacquie I have dug out the section of lawn at the back of the pond merging the border to the pond edge, I have also lifted and divided lots of plants to fill the area. and added some new pond plants. The pond plants are only just starting to put on some new growth, so I will leave it another 4weeks before I take some new pictures. Regarding the wildlife visiting the pond we did have frogs last year but I was a little disappointed that they didnt return to spawn, however I think that they will certainly return as the weather warms up and my feathered friends daily visit to drink and bathe ;0)

1 Apr, 2011

 

It must be a lovely addition to your garden, PP..and with all the grass taken up behind it and some planting it does sound really nice. I'll look forward to photos in a few weeks then :)

I hope your frogs will return to your pond...especially when it's warmer and they are looking for water :)

1 Apr, 2011

 

Thanks Jacquie I will be sure to let you know when it all starts to grow ;0)

1 Apr, 2011

 

ive put it in my favourites ~ just in case i ever have the chance to get a pond
will look forward to your photos.

2 Apr, 2011

 

Aww thanks Sticky, wouldnt be without now, just looking foward to the pond plants regrowing and the retun of the wild life ;0)

2 Apr, 2011

 

i have an empty spot in the garden but its near the house and a bit shady so i dont think its suitable for a pond but its tempting

2 Apr, 2011

 

Hi just looking for pond ideas and came across this one, have you any up-dated photos of your pond as I would love to see them please, I rather like this idea......

2 Oct, 2012

 

Have just popped this in to my favourites, so I can show OH.......thanks for the super blog, very kind of you.

3 Oct, 2012

 

Wonderful Pond:-)))

21 Jan, 2013

 

Wow, I love this pond......i know I'm a few years late with this comment but I've been reading your blogs from the beginning! Havn't found your knitting yet but enjoying the reading your little stories about your life.

30 Aug, 2014

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