This pond is a 300 gallon black PVC stock tank from Tractor supply. It was started in february 2010. (first picture)
The fencing concealing the Black plastic was given to me by my neighbor Ruth right after we bought the house, and the galvanized pipe fountain spout was made from the old hand-rail that I changed on my back door. The netting is old shade cloth that was torn. I painted it so that it kind of looked like old fish nets. The rope was from an old swing hanging from an oak tree out back from some past owner. The bird is hardwood and I found it at a Thrift store.
Time elapsed, and the 2nd picture is 5 months later July 2010.
The 3rd and 4th picture is 1 year later April and May 2011 and the last picture is now.
I think this is a good example of less is more. The Now picture seems a tad overgrown and I will need to tame it a lot before next spring! It was more attractive in its tidier days, but the crayfish probably like it better now! They climb out and sit on the vines growing in the built in grow ring and water overflow ring around the top on occasion. When I feed the mosquito fish they skitter up to the top of the pondgrasses to snap up the fishfood...
I love what you did at the start, great use of a lot of different items. I really like all of them, but especially the first because you really understand what it there. The last is great as it has melted into the landscape. Has that warm comfortable, been there forever fell to it.
Your pool/tub project is gorgeous. For me, I would have liked it at about picture #2 stage. Although it is lovely and appears to have "been there forever" like others mentioned, my problem would be snakes. I don't mind snakes. I always watch out for them when I mow and chase them away so I don't hurt them except - the cottonmouth/water moccassins we have. They are very aggressive and will actually chase you. I had one in the driveway one of the feral cats around here cornered near the garage door. I chase it away from the door to the grass, and a 12 ga. buckshot took care of him. Blew him into about 6 pieces. Then not Sandy but the hurricane we had before brought a LOT of rain. I went downstairs to check on the sump pumps and when I reached up to turn a light on above one I saw a 6 foot+ cottonmouth coiled and setting on the sillplate, about 3 feet away from my hand. I shot it with a .44 but missed the head. I did however, cut the head off in the floor with a machette. That's when I spotted another one coiled a few feet down the sill plate from where the first one was. Same fate for him too. The only way they could have gotten in was through the sump pump drain - which now has rat wire over the end. So, no, this would be a perfect place for them. It is lovely for someone else though.
It all looks great David. I am all for re-purposing items.
When you come down for RU I will give you some very colorful shubunkins if you would like for your pond. I am an avid gardner but also a ponder. I love seeing my koi in larger pond but I just bought 13 shubunkins for older pond. They are blue with yellow heads and I'm hoping will grow more beautiful over time.
Keep up your creative works. It's good for the soul and eyes to enjoy.
Absolutely love this. I like all of the pictures. The only reason I agree with you in the "less is more" category is because the fence you used adds so much character. And obviously is now covered up. Otherwise, it's so pretty. I've seen a lot of your posts, you're a very innovative individual. Thank you for sharing.
That fencing you see around the pond was old when it was given to me by a neighbor, but I still think they sell it at Home Depot and Lowes? Its white and held together with wire like Snow fence/Dune fence which is available at Tractor Supply but taller.
Welcome Gnome, I am sorry to not to have thanked you for your nice comment earlier but am now. Thank you. I haven't been here in a while!
I absolutely love it! But I see you're in Florida. I'm in Wisconsin (zone 4-5) and doubt it would make it through the winter unless I drained it and I doubt anyone would like 300 gallons of water spread in their yards. But you've got me thinking!
Shucks,... Thats just enough water to give the ground around it a good Spring soak! It comes out so slow through the drain plug on the bottom side. The pond water is great for the plants too! No problems with that to think of teko and thanks much for the comment.
David that looks great. You have a real artistic eye. I agree the middle pics are the best. My ponds get pretty over grown by the end of summer, too.
Teko, you may be able to use a stock tank in your area. They are pretty tough and I am sure that out west they have stock tanks that fill with water and freeze solid over the winter. You should check out Tractor Supply or a store in your area that carries that type of container to find out more about them. I have 2 above ground ponds and they both freeze solid in the winter. One is an old bathtub and the other is a lined wooden box.
I love those old bathtub ponds Holly Ann.I have a gardening friend who has offered me two and am considering. They are so cool and so heavy to move though... The Stock tanks are a heck of a lot easier to move when empty!
I have just cut back and cleaned up the one I have. Won't send any new pics till it is looking like something again. It's always fun to see what the new look of each season brings...
It would be great to see pics of yours too this year!