Thursday, 11 August 2016

Pond ering

Earlier in the week I mentioned that we had made a pond in our garden.  Perhaps a pondette would be a better description...

It might not be the sort of pond that you are thinking of.  In fact, I am 100% sure that this isn't the sort of pond that you are imagining.  It is more of a duck pond than a wildlife pond.

First of all let me tell you that I was contending with these skies when taking the photos which caused me some difficulties that I will explain a just a moment.


This, ta dah!, is the pond!!


See what I mean.  A duck pond.  A plastic duck pond.


Mr Duck actually came as an afterthought from a drawer in the bathroom.  He is much happier outside on the water than he was in a drawer.


It is actually meant to be a water feature more than a pond.  That was the original intention.  Somewhere to have a fountain or something similar to make a watery noise in the garden to perhaps distract from some of the other background noise.


To make the pond Hubby put a bolt with a big washer on it in the hole in the bottom of the pot - which is glazed around the outside as you can see - and then tightened up a nut onto the bolt to hold the washer in place.  Then he put big blob of silicone sealant over the washer/bolt.  When it was dry the pot was filled with water and some gravel put in the bottom to hide the hole filling silicone mess.


The fountain is the other thing you can see floating.  It is solar powered and just floats on the water.  It does also do tricks in that you can add little spouts to the top to make the water come out in pretty patterns.  We soon discovered though that the fountain would soon empty the pot by spurting the water over the sides.  So now it is just bubbling away to itself.


I had two difficulties taking these photos.  The first being that Mr Duck didn't want to pose for photos and kept turning his back on me.  The other was to do with that first cloudy photo I showed you.  The solar panels on the fountain only work when the sun is shining directly on them.  So I had to hang around in the garden for quite a while waiting for the sun to hit the spot so I could get some photos of the fountain in action.


Here is a little video.  Unfortunately you can hear more of that background noise we wanted to disguise than you can of the water itself!


So that is our duck pond.  I don't think it will attract much wildlife, but it is here for now.  If we find we cannot hear the fountain we can always empty it out and use it as a plant pot so we haven't lost much.  Although Mr Duck might lose his home.

Amy

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  1. Love it, more birds in the garden.

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    1. We do already get a lot of birds, but it won't be a problem if this brings in more!

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  2. You get very small plants to keep in the water Amy. Who knows you might have some dragonflies in your little pot pond one day x

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    1. I was wondering if anything would grow in such a small amount of water, I will have a look!

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  3. Agree with Jo. If you pop a plant in you'll soon be getting wildlife coming to it. Damselflies for one but also bees and hoverflies. It would be a good idea to put something in anyway that way if an insect falls in and gets stuck they can climb out. Let's hope the duck doesn't eat them ;-) xx

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    1. I hadn't thought about insects falling in! I hope they don't! Perhaps they need a little tiny ladder. Just kidding. I will look for a plant.

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    2. A Bamboo cane would do the job in the meantime. Caterpillars tend to get stuck in buckets or tubs of water so a stick of some sort is perfect x

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    3. I am learning all the time! I will stick a cane in there for now. I have plans to go and look for some plants this weekend!

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  4. In aquatic garden centres you can buy some lovely floating pond plants that require nothing doing to them, no planting or soil, they just literally float. There is one I like called water lettuce with lovely ridged leaves and a water hyacinth that if you are lucky will flower. They usually grow in the jungle on the R. Amazon.
    However, they wont survive the winter - come on sun! and make Amy's fountain show itself off.

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    1. Thank you for the suggestions. We will tip the water out over the winter in any case because the pot might freeze and crack so they don't have to last forever. I will have a look!

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    2. Sorry to butt in but you'll forgive me I'm sure knowing my insect obsession! If you empty the water for winter any insect life in there will die. Could you transfer it to somewhere where cracking isn't a problem and replace back in the pot in the spring? Damselfly nymphs live in the water for 2-3 years before emerging as adults. The eggs (laid on vegetation in even small shallow water) hatch after 2 weeks. Xx

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    3. I didn't think about that! The best thing would be to transfer it all to a friends proper pond over the winter perhaps and start again in spring? Do you think that would work?

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    4. If it's a local pond it should be fine as long as it isn't a fish pond- the fish will eat any nymphs (or try to) xx

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    5. No, no fish! I just need to get permission to leave my wildlifey water there later in the year!! xx

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  5. A water feature is a great idea and it can attract all manner of little things. Remember Jo's tadpoles in a watering can, so you never know. We have a small pond with a little waterfall and we get tadpoles and can hear frogs at the moment. Well done and take care.

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  6. Any sort of water in a garden will attract wildlife, as Susan quite rightly remembers, I got a frog and tadpoles in a watering can which I'd left half full of water. You could get a couple of aquatic plants to put in there which would make it very attractive to wildlife.

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    1. A watering can really is a pondette isn't it!! Funny places frogs choose!

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  7. This is lovely, Amy. I want a pondette too! What fun if you can grow little plants and attract interesting creatures. We will enjoy the journey too :)

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    1. It would be very easy to make one! I can imagine the galahs and other birds sitting right in yours!

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  8. Amy, this could be the answer to my current dilemma...too much noise... Course, I don't want to attract mosquitoes nor frogs...perhaps a cat or two. Cute little pondette and how fortunate that you had the little ducky just hanging around.

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    1. You would need a louder fountain than this one - and a much bigger pot - but it might worth a go! Hope you sort out the noise issue.

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  9. Very cute...
    Hope you are enjoying your time off! Hahaha!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Nothing like your water feature at the cottage of course!!!

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  10. Very pretty Amy. I agree with everyone else a few plants will bring in wildlife. I had a similar pondette a few years ago with miniature water iris and water hyacinths and it was amazing what lived in there and came to visit. Sadly it got cracked when the house guttering was replaced (long story!)

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    1. Sounds as though it is definitely worth a go with the plants! Such a shame about yours being damaged, I hope you get another one some day.

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  11. That is so sweet! I bet a frog might enjoy it too.

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    1. I have to admit I am scared of frogs, so I am not sure that I am as keen for a frog as everyone else is!!

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  12. I love your duck pond. I've been wanting a water feature (mostly to listen to it) but didn't want to run power to it, I never knew about solar powered bubblers/fountains. I'm going to have to look into this for next summer.

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    1. Hope you can find a way to make something work for you! Like you I didn't want to run cables either.

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  13. Hi Amy! I love your little pond-ette! The duck is funny! I bet the birds like to bathe in your water feature!

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    1. I haven't seen any birds there yet, I think the duck might be fending them off!!

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  14. That was a neat idea, adding Mr Duck to the pond....we have a similar pond in the front by the porch, a barrel with a pump spout for the running water...we talk about adding fish but haven't yet....then we have the larger one in the back which does have fish.
    Mama Bear

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    1. I think ours is definitely too small for fish - and what to do with them in the winter! - but a barrel would be big enough wouldn't it?

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  15. What a fun idea! I always wanted a water feature, so I was delighted to find there was one in the garden when we moved to Hawick ....... I think we have turned it on once!

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  16. Lots of ideas here. I didn't know about solar fountains. That opens up some possibilities.

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    1. Hope you have fun thinking up ideas for one for your garden!

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  17. Cute idea! I would love something like that in my garden. I will have to leave it for next year. The extreme heat keeps me out of my garden these days :-(

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    1. Something to be planning ahead for and thinking about while you are staying cool! It is supposed to be getting really hot again here for the next week or so too!

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  18. Your solar powered duck pond is so clever :) Years ago we got a little artificial waterfall for our garden and loved the sound of running water so much my husband went out and purchased a water fountain for us to enjoy inside. I was rather non-plussed when it was delivered because it is a three foot tall birdbath! However, even though no birds can enjoy it, I still do...you have inspired me; perhaps my grands will loan me one of their rubber ducks to float in it! xx

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    1. Shame it wasn't quite what you imagined, but as long as you enjoy it and the watery noise that is what is most important isn't it! I think you should find a duck for it!!

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  19. It's a very cute little pond, and you made me laugh!

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  20. Such a great little pond, you may get a frog in there and you could pop a small plant in to give a bit of height. I looks lovely and the bathroom duck obviously likes it:)

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    1. The duck seems very happy fending off the birds and swimming around!

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  21. love your title! little or big, it's nice having a pond around. I have one of those small aquarium pumps in ours so we have the drizzle sound but it requires electric. I love that yours is solar!
    -Lisa

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    1. Thank you! Hope you enjoy your watery sounds!

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  22. Oh, that's cute, Amy! Love the little ducky! x k

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  23. This post made me smile - even laugh, when I read about the duck turning his back on you! I've never seen a solar water feature in a little pond like yours, but maybe I just haven't looked hard enough.

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  24. Love your little pondette, a fun addition to the garden.

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  25. How Cute! it's lovely Amy it's always nice to have a water feature in the garden no matter how small. :) xx

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  26. Oh Amy, I love it! This post gave me a smile :) Our garden pond originally started from a project in a science book my son had ... also a small tub, but which my husband helped along by setting a pump in it to keep the water clean. You'll be surprised what is attracted to the sound of gurgling water. Birds, bugs and in our case a frog resided there too! Your yellow ducky seems to enjoy it. Great idea :D
    Wendy x

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  27. I LOVE your duck pond .. what fun!!!!!!!

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  28. Love it. What a cute edition Mr Duck is to your already beautiful garden.
    Lisa x

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