|Lighthouse beside "Purple Arctic Willow"|
Shrub and our waterfall
|Bog area with "Arrowhead"|
and mixed Irises
|Pond showing bog area and a few of|
our pale pink waterlilies
|"Jewell Weed" and "Morning Glories"|
I enjoy listening to the tranquil sounds of water cascading over our waterfall and slowly trickling it's way down the creek type pathway into the pond below. There is nothing as relaxing as sitting on the deck, watching the goldfish search for food and listening to the frogs serenade us with their own special tune. Our pond was originally built in 1991 and was about 10 by 12 feet and 34 inches deep. The original project was simply a pond on it's own as we didn't add the rest of the water features until later on in 1994. It is wise to use a good quality pond liner when you first start your pond. I have to admit that I did not use a good quality liner and had to replace it a few years later. Most garden centers carry these flexible liners as the backyard pond industry has grown to be an extremely popular one. Solid, custom made, formed ponds are also available in many shapes and sizes to suit any landscape design.
Every year I feel the urge to change or modify a few things mainly because the frost heaves many of the rocks surrounding the pond. Anyone who has a pond, whether a small, half barrel size or a larger, natural pond never seem to be quite satisfied with the look they have created. It is difficult not to keep moving things around but I think my pond is finally (maybe almost) just the way I want it. The pond now is about 12 by 16 feet but that is as big as it can ever be because it is fairly close to our house and we have simply run out of room. The bog area is 8 feet long by 3 feet wide.
In 1996 we added the waterfall and a small stream that trickles down to the pond. I wanted to have a small bog area where I could enjoy some of the interesting plants that are moisture loving. My "Marsh Marigolds" with their bright yellow flowers and shiny, rounded leaves are the first to show off their intense colour in spring. I have had good luck with "Astilbe plants, "Joe Pye", "Flowering Rush", "Blue Lobelia" and a bit of "Creeping Jenny". I love the many different colours and varieties of Iris that thrive in the bog garden. Blue/mauve wild irises, and multi coloured Siberians have narrow, sword-like leaves and showy flowers that bloom from mid-spring to mid-sumer. My tall, yellow irises have variegated yellow and green leaves and are a real showpiece. A bog is a wonderful addition to the edge of the pond but remember to keep the water in the two bodies from mixing as the bog needs to be slow draining.
|"Cherokee" Water Lily|
Raccoons, Blue Herons and Kingfishers are a few of the unwelcome predators who attempt to go after the goldfish. I have had a few encounters with the odd garter snake going after small frogs or small fish but only a few times over the years. The frogs, toads and fish all help keep the mosquito population down. I wish they could do the same thing with our pesty black flies.
It would be wise to check your local building codes and zoning regulations regarding putting in a pond on your property. It is best to avoid unpleasant surprises. I hope you enjoy your pond as much as we have for the past 20 years.