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My Water Garden Projects

Postby Waterlily » Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:41 pm

Photos for start, a story later. :wink: Mr. Big Pond.
Before:
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Re: My Water Garden Projects

Postby Waterlily » Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:18 pm

And after.
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To be continued... 8)
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Re: My Water Garden Projects

Postby abwal » Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:34 pm

'To be continued...'

What more could you want? That is really something. Well done!
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Re: My Water Garden Projects

Postby ColinM » Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:35 pm

Wow Annie! That's some pond! Makes mine look like a puddle :lol: . Love your work! The tiered approcah is a great lesson for those considering building a pond!
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Re: My Water Garden Projects

Postby Waterlily » Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:52 pm

Thanku, Abwal. :D To be continued because plants are really growing mad, I started to transplant 1/2 of them from pond area couple months ago. Our pond is 2 y.o. I didn't know they will grow so fast. :shock:

Thank you Colin, congratulations Mr. Moderator!! :D Please, be good with us little fishes. :mrgreen: Good luck and happy ponding! :D

All landscaping around pond made by me between my working hours, my family only helped me to put roll of Firestone in and left me alone. :lol:
I transplanted most of my tree ferns yesterday to my future fern creek project. And want build water feature between these two ponds because we have there fibreglass one at the moment and I do not like it. So will tell and show process later when I start. I also started building of Fern creek a week ago. Will show some photos next week. :wink:
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Postby ColinM » Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:02 pm

My pleasure Annie and thank you! :D (Y)
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Postby Waterlily » Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:09 pm

You are welcome, Colin. :D (Y)
Couple more photos of process. Hope it will help to someone to start digging. :)
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Postby ColinM » Wed Feb 02, 2011 4:13 pm

Annie, I take it that's a liner you used and it's a single (sheet of) liner?

What 'soil' structure did you put around to plan your marginal's in?
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Postby Waterlily » Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:28 pm

Hi Boss. :mrgreen:
We bought full Roll 15.25m x 7.62m wide EPDM Firestone (1.14mm thick) from
http://www.rockaroundtheblock.com.au/ca ... sp?cID=197
And guess how much was delivery to Tassie? $25. :shock: $25 for 200 kilos rol!!! It was so heavyyy. :-@
We have old carpets under pond liner from one of our carpet shops for free. And yes, one layer of pond liner.
Firestone gives 50 years warranty I think it's enough for us. We getting closer to our pension. :mrgreen:
Every big rock inside pond has extra piece of pond liner under and also all rocks on pond edges too.
Soil around pond it's just top soil, Colin, I add some fetilizer for plants around but very carefully.

Our pond is the part of my Backyard Biodeversity. I am in love in all our wild animals and birds. We have hunderds of birds having bath in pond during a day. I love to watch them and some of them are very noisy. :mrgreen: Honeyeaters especially. It's just a pleasure to hear them all day while I am working.
I join "Garden for Wildlife" community and will be very happy to make our all backyard comfortable for all Tasmanian Fauna. (#)
I love Tassie madly! :D
I did some more photos couple hours ago.
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We have over a hundred baby fish already, don't know what I will do with them. :cry:
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Re: My Water Garden Projects

Postby ColinM » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:04 pm

Hi Annie,

I actually removed the organic mix from my in pond pots as it was feeding the algae and now just use small stone like material that I purchased from a pet/pond store (can't remember it's name). I now use fertilser tablets, though I'm suprised that it contains phosphate as this, I believe, promotes and feeds algae growth. :-?

Wow! That's a LOT of liner! :D
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Postby Waterlily » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:20 pm

Colin, yes, algae likes everything. :-? I have lucky "bamboo" indoor so algae lives there too. Pity we can't read algae's thoughts. :) It could be good to know where she goes next. :mrgreen:
Top soil is the best for all water plants. I don't like clay and don't use it. Just top soil and some gravel on top to hold it.
I also grow Lotuses from eBay seeds this year in 4 containers. Last year had no luck with them, they didn't wake up after winter, pity. But I never give up. :lol:
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I bought 2 Sarracenias yesterday, so looking for dead flies 24/7 to feed my pond babies. :mrgreen:
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Postby ColinM » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:43 pm

You have a wonderful selection of acquatic plants Annie!
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Postby Waterlily » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:47 pm

Thanku, Colin. ) No, it's not selection, it's Garden+ Pond Virus. I just can't stop to buy plants. :mrgreen:
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Re: My Water Garden Projects

Postby ColinM » Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:00 pm

LOL Annie!
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Re: My Water Garden Projects

Postby Pam » Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:16 am

Annie, that is absolutely awesome! I've said it before, and I'll say it again, you're an amazing woman. :D Unlike Abwal, I definitely want to see more pics. I'm greedy! :lol:
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Postby Waterlily » Thu Feb 03, 2011 6:40 am

Hi Pam. :D Thank you! :D
All I wanna say: it possible to do by yourself, no need to call professionals, no need to spend thousands dollars for landscape, just do it yourself and wait a little. :wink:
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Postby abwal » Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:22 am

' Unlike Abwal, I definitely want to see more pics.'

Hey! Whoa! So do I. My comment was meant to imply that I considered the project to be perfectly done. I look forward to seeing more photos of this and the other planned projects.

I would love a water feature in my garden, but,as Pam knows, about the only place left was the roof and now the solar panels have taken over that. Guess I will just have to enjoy the ones on this forum.
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Re: My Water Garden Projects

Postby ColinM » Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:47 pm

Annie, as always, simply stunning! How do you control the algae? With a bio filter (ploants) - do they REALLY keep it under control, as in no fishnet approach?
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Re: My Water Garden Projects

Postby Pam » Fri Feb 04, 2011 5:40 am

abwal wrote:' Unlike Abwal, I definitely want to see more pics.'

Hey! Whoa! So do I.


Hehehe, I got a bite! :twisted: :lol:

Waterlily wrote:Hi Pam. :D Thank you! :D
All I wanna say: it possible to do by yourself, no need to call professionals, no need to spend thousands dollars for landscape, just do it yourself and wait a little.


..or a lot! The trouble is in getting the rocks moved Annie. Hubby put his foot down a couple of years ago and refused to move any more big rocks. :roll: He might have waited until I was finished. :lol:
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Re: My Water Garden Projects

Postby abwal » Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:37 am

Pam, you are evil :evil: ......... but the lychees were beautiful. :)


Love the waterlilies, Waterlily. That blue one is so perfect. ( Top photos, too.)
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