Pond area 4 years on

During the recent spell of sunny weather ... and before the fog arrived !    I took a few pics of the pond, waterfall, bog garden, reed bed area almost 4 years on from the construction ....   amazing how things grow and the transformation.  The reed bed grasses grew so wide I had to lollipop trim them a week ago  !

Before and after photos ............

then a year or so later  .....

and a few days ago ...........

the autumn colours have been stunning this year

looking down on the top of the waterfall,   sry about the shadow  lol 

One thing I can say is that no matter if you only have the area for a small water feature or sizeable  garden to create a larger pond,  adding any water feature will certainly bring in the birds and wildlife.      We've had Redwings, Goldcrest, song Thrushes, Willow Warbler and even a Kingfisher visiting this water area for bathing/drinking as well as the regular daily garden visitors who love the water and also the rocks, nooks and crannies for hunting out those spiders and insects.     

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Regards, Hazel 

"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • Damn - I have severe garden envy! That pond area is beautiful now :-)

    "Let loose the Kraken!"

  • In reply to Stuart Vine:

    Fabulous aitch, must book a visit to your park!!

     

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  • In reply to WendyBartter:

    One word Hazel.

    STUNNING!!

    Regards Shane

     

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  • In reply to WendyBartter:

    lol,  thanks Stuart and Wendy,  you are welcome anytime you're passing Cheshire.   Fog is lifting slowly but feels a little cooler than yesterday.   Birds are visiting the feeders frequently.  

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • In reply to HAZY:

    Thanks aitch, sun has finally burned away the dreadful fog & is quite warm here!

     

     2013 photos & vids here

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  • In reply to WendyBartter:

    thanks Shane,  it has been fantastic for attracting lots of birds/wildlife and has proved a real bonus as well as a nice feature to look at (and hear the water).    It is a lot of upkeep though, especially through autumn clearing the leaves off the surface before they sink.     Pumps/filters have worked well throughout and also the water lilies have helped shade some of the surface preventing excess algae/blanket weed build up although it does still get that problem.   We tend to net it out rather than use chemicals although have had to resort to more eco-wildlife friendly products to reduce the blanketweed.     I guess Wilma Wagtail's visits and the sighting of a Kingfisher one day have been worth the expense and the maintenance  lol     Also seeing two Redwings one April,  a couple of years back, having a bathe in the top tier really had the wow factor.  

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • In reply to HAZY:

    Your very welcome Hazel I guessed a lot of hard work went into and still does but trust me i would pay to visit a garden like that.

    Regards Shane

     

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  • In reply to Shane:

    Shane said:
    I guessed a lot of hard work went into and still does but trust me i would pay to visit a garden like that.

     kettles on Shane   lol    

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • In reply to HAZY:

    I would need a cuppa after driving all the way to you lol

    Regards Shane

     

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  • Just caught up with this thread Hazy and have to say your garden is really breathtaking with all that Autumn colour, absolutely gorgeous.  I know it is hard work and you and your hubby can really pat yourselves on the back for making such a show.  

    Lot to learn