Today I am joining Tootsie and Fertilizer Friday, where gardeners or flower lovers have a chance to show and tell about their efforts in the garden or just a flower pot of fun. Please stop by at http://www.tootsietime.com/ and visit her wonderful site and take a look at what is happening all over blog land now that Spring is in the air!!
My pond, my babbling brooke.....ok it is NOT one of those but for me it is my water feature in my yard. It gives me that sense of peace that only running water can do. It was not the first water feature that I had, 3 ponds have come and 3 ponds have gone in my yard.
Made from an 1800's old claw foot bathtub - it weighs a LOT! Once we got it set in the garden it was there to stay. We set it on brick stones to keep it from sinking into the ground and has held up well over the years.
You can see it sits nexts to my old outhouse lovingly named my 'Potty Shed". This is an older shot, as I now have trees grown up around it along with several bushes and perennials. The bees and birds love it, I ended up putting in some stones for the birds to sit on as they had a tendancy to get into the water and not get out. And after having lost I don't know how many fish to local kitty patrol this has been a life saver to the goldies. That is what I call my gold fish, they are now going on 10 years old, which I am told isn't normal for the life span of a gold fish. I guess they like where they live. In the winter we bring them inside and put them in an a fish tank where they happily await the summer months.
You can see the old copper shower head that makes the beautiful sound of running water in my back yard. I am not certain the age of the shower head but it came from a building that was built in the late 1800's and was at the time a 'state of the art' building.
Here is another view, as you can see the shower head is missing but only because it needed a good cleaning. It gets clogged up pretty fast with the moss and stuff that grows in a pond.
As I said I had 3 ponds in my back yard but they were torn out. Not because I didn't love them, I did. The first one developed a leak that just couldn't be fixed so then I tried a formed pond and I loved it but it was much to small...so then I bought a bigger form and Yes, I liked it but there were two things that I didn't like. 1. Was the heaving that happened to the ground below it during the winter and 2. this.............
Snakes, snakes and more snakes.......they came to visit, brought friends made families and scared me half to death every time I reached down to feed my fish or pull a weed. And I just didn't like them around so much when my grannies came to play so bye, bye pond until another day my little tub will have to do.