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Poor Mans Ponds

PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:18 pm
by Patricia

Have to share my mornings work....have always been a little disappointed with the back area of garden & decided yesterday to purchase two "clam shells" from Woolies...(think they are meant to be sandpits)...I now have two ponds in "that" area & tomorrow am going to run a little gorge between the two....hopefully I will be able to have trickling water between them...I realise the blue plastic is showing in sections ...but am hoping that as my water irises spread the blue will disappear into the background...

PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:25 pm
by colorama
Your ponds look so cool, What are the plants that you put in your ponds. We put in a pond a few months ago and I havent done any more to it, I would like to put a water lilly in it and a couple of other things but not sure what to put.. :? We have the odd frog that hops in at night.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:27 pm
by ginge
They look great, wow you must have worked hard to have done all that in one morning

PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:29 pm
by The Estate
Well done, it looks great :P

PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:30 pm
by bubba louie
Are they deep enough for waterlillys?

PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:45 pm
by colorama
I have a couple of pics of our pond what it looks like at present. our pond has a shallow area and a deep hole in one corner where i could put one lilly.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:52 pm
by The Estate
Gunna look great when it's all done, you'll have to post more pics as you progress :P

PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 2:00 pm
by Patricia
Thanks for the comments & yes 6 hrs later I am feeling stu****.....BL the depth of the pond is 22cms & the smallest form of water lily only requires a depth of 10-18 cms so they should be fine...I have water irises they had almost taken over another fishpond so I have been able to pull them apart & use them ...again I had surplus water lillies in the fishpond so have relocated them as well!!! for a $32 outlay I think it has improved the area dramatically..have just been reprimanded for not putting up a pic with the locos in the background...hence....
Image I guess I owe hubby that given that he helped me collect the rocks etc!!! :D

PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 2:02 pm
by Patricia should look good when your that I have seen yours you have me thinking...why didn't I put black plastic over the blue pond....hmmm...don't think I am going to pull it apart now...hopefully the irises will multiply rapidly!!

PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 2:22 pm
by colorama
We were lucky we didnt make the pond any bigger in size cos when it come to buying liner nobody had the size we wanted apart from one shop and they wanted a $$$$ for it, so we paid it cos i wanted it lined and filled that day and i didnt want a unfinshed project sitting there.. even though its got no plants in it but it still looks good with the pump on ..

PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 2:30 pm
by midgin
Hi Patricia, I have water Iris in my 'clam shell' pond and it grows fine. (not shown in this pic) Also, I have Dianella growing close to the shell, which then overhangs the water.
Reedy type plants are ideal around ponds, frogs love them. We have a couple of resident frogs....they are the brown striped marsh frog.


PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 2:59 pm
by belladonna
what a fab idea,dd had wanted a pond in "her " garden and I know someone who is trowing out a 1/2 clm shell.I could do a small version,what about refilling,guess I would just have to watch it like the birdbath(hey birds need a drink too).I also wonder if it would overflow in heavy rain(wishful thinking :-? ).Let me know how it progresses before I try.The neighbours have a waterfeature and get lots of frogs so we are trying to entice them in too.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 3:06 pm
by midgin
Belladonna, my makeshift pond does tend to evaporate a bit in hot weather....but has never completely dried up....we never had frogs before we utilised the old cement tubs and then the makeshift pond.
I notice the frogs move about between the two..

PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 3:14 pm
by tilly
Boy have you worked hard and fast Patricia...

They all look good....

Off to buy a clamshell.....

PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 7:39 pm
by abwal
Great idea, Patricia. I am sure it will get even more attractive with time.

I would like one too, but I think mosquitoes, toads and I go off the idea a bit. However, after seeing your idea, I just might go ahead.

Yes, the train makes it better.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 7:46 pm
by tilly
gee forgot about the mozzies...wish they would forget about me....

PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 7:49 pm
by colorama
Our pond is just out side our front door and we havent had any probelm with the mozzies I sit out there a few bit at night and I havent been bitten.
I think there is something that you can treat your pond with and stops them from breeding in the water.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 7:59 pm
by tilly
I have to light coil to sit outside especially on dusk..I think it is the plants/greenery etc...they love do sandflies when go on holidays...

PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 8:43 pm
by Patricia
Re the mozzies...I have added small goldfish to all of my water features & they supposedly eat the mosquito larvae...given that we have just received another 29ml in a brief storm.... they the mozzies will obviously be on the increase again...not that I'm complaining...mother nature sure did put on a spectacular lightning show!!

PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 8:47 pm
by Patricia
BTW Abwal...I will pass on your comment to hubby...that is sure to make him feel a little better especially after helping me collect those rocks in the heat of the day!!!... I do enjoy new projects