Pond with Goldfish, Lily Pads, & Bull Rushes
Here are some pictures of our pond and backyard. Some of these
were taken a couple years ago. (the ones with the lily
pads already in bloom).
The last two pictures we just taken over the past couple of
days. Have had the waterfall pump and filters running now for
about one week now and have just started planting some annual
flowers. Still too early in the season to see the perennial
flowers, but the Hostas and a few others are starting to come.
(looks very bare right now!!!)
I originally ‘dug the hole’ in 2000 and I can tell you that was
quite a job! The ground in this area is mostly clay and every
inch was with a pick and shovel. Since the original design, it
has changed slightly over the past couple of years by adding
larger stones around the pond and rebuilding the waterfall to
hide an Ultra Violet & Biological filter.
From the original concept, by laying out the garden hose in a
pattern and spray painting around it… to when the water first
went in took about 3 weeks. The pond is approx. 16’ X 6’ and
around 36” deep. (It’s plenty deep enough for the fish to
survive the winter without any problems).
If you look in most of the pictures, you can see a small
water pump that I keep going all winter to keep the water open…
then in the summer, I just attach a fountain head on it… works
great. The amazing thing is, this little pump is now 4 years old
and runs 365 days a year!! I’ve had to change my main waterfall
pump 4 times now in the same time!!
There are approx. 80 goldfish in the pond now, with around 5
or 6 babies from last season. There could be a few more babies
hiding down deep around the Bull Rushes, but should see them any
time now. The Plant Life was ‘acquired’ from a giant natural
pond I found just a few miles from my house. After I priced Lily
Pads… $25 - $50, I thought there must be a way to obtain them
for a much better price. The larger Lily Pads and the Bull
Rushes came from the pond mentioned above and some of the
smaller pads came from a place up north of here… rolled up my
pants and waded out into the water… had to be there… it was a
I’ve included a few photos from this year… Spring 2015
8th, shows the bare beginnings of the season… and… June 7th,
shows things getting underway. Of course, in the next few weeks
and into July, everything fills out much nicer. I wish it could
stay like that all year long!!
When I go on holidays in the summer, people ask if I’m going
away… I tell them… “Yep, to an oasis in our own backyard”.
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