First Garden Pond Flower Opens

Marsh Marigold Caltha palustris

The first pond flower of the season has opened up in my garden. One of my favourite water plants, the Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris), which I planted last year, shows off a bright yellow bloom. Hopefully a good nectar source for insects. My pond is only small, as can be seen in the image below, but I am amazed how much wildlife it has attracted. It will be 1 year old at the end of April.

Garden Pond

 

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27 thoughts on “First Garden Pond Flower Opens

    • Thank you very much, Peggy πŸ™‚ I have always wanted a wildlife pond, but was put off because my garden was so small. But last year I thought, heck, give it a go, so I did, and have derived a lot of pleasure from it since πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you very much Brian πŸ™‚ Last summer a Large Red Damselfly laid eggs at the bottom of my water Mint. The larvae hatched and some appear to have survived the winter, so at least there is life still there πŸ™‚

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  1. Came over to see your pond Pete. It looks lovely and just what I am thinking of doing. Any advice? How deep did you have to dig? What liner have you used? I like the fact you have pebbles and cobbles at the bottom and the surrounding area and a few larger rocks. It looks very natural.
    Jude xx

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    • Hi Jude, glad to have you visit my pond, thank you πŸ™‚ My pond only measures about 1.8m x 1m (6ft x 3ft), and is kidney shaped, so it is quite small. My pond varies in depth. The pond people say it should be between 2 to 3ft deep so in areas so it don’t freeze in the winter or get to hot in the summer. Mine is isn’t quite that deep, but it has a shallow area so creatures like frogs and toads can get in and out easily. I also formed a terrace all the way roound for rocks and water plants. After digging the hole I lined it with builders sand and then lay a sheet of flexible pond liner and filled it with water before cutting it to shape, letting it settle a little. Some folk even put an underlay, like an old carpet between the sand and the liner, but the sand has done me fine so far.

      If you fill it with water from the tap best let it be for at least three days before planting pond plants so the chemicals can gas off. I have avoided using tap water since, and have collected rain water in water butts off the shed and garage to top it up in the heat of summer.

      I planted some marginal plants which helps with shade, and some in the pond in baskets. I also dropped in some oxygenating plants which submerge and keep the water naturally healthy. I do have a pump but that is only for the water feature, and the movement of water also helps keep it oxygenated.

      I built the stones and rocks up over time, but had placed some of the bigger ones initially to help keep the liner in place. Within a month or so wildlife was appearing there. It will take a season or more to settle down. Have a net handy to remove leaves that fall in. It has to be one of the best things I have ever done creating a wildlife pond, and I am still enjoying watching it florish πŸ™‚

      You can see the visitors I have had over the past year via this link :

      https://petehillmansnaturephotography.wordpress.com/category/garden/garden-pond/

      I hope I have given you some inspiration and know how to get you thinking about building your own pond, Jude πŸ™‚ If you like gardening and wildlife like I do, you would certainly reap the benefits from a pond.

      Best wishes, Pete

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