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queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 30, 2014
12:58 PM

Post #9881742

Okay so a little while ago I posted a pic of where I was hoping to make a pond well Sunday I got out there and started digging. I only got it a little over 2 ft deep its 8ft by 4ft..I hate digging.I got the liner put in and we surrounded the top and framed it with wood. I didn't want to spend a bunch if money so I worked with what I had.I have one question though do you put anything on the bottom of the pond like sand? It just looks so black.here's some before and after pics

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queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 30, 2014
1:01 PM

Post #9881747

Digging and lining

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queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 30, 2014
1:05 PM

Post #9881751

After

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

June 30, 2014
5:30 PM

Post #9882005

It is far easier to keep the pond clean with out anything on the bottom of the pond. After you have water in your pond, the color of the liner won't be so stark. If you have waterlilies potted up and sitting in the bottom of your pond, they too will go a long way towards making the bottom of the pond hard to see.

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 1, 2014
1:39 PM

Post #9882761

Thanks for the advice.I will keep it bottomless.lilies will be fun!
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

July 1, 2014
2:54 PM

Post #9882851

The dark color makes the colors of your plants and/or fish pop more. You'll enjoy the blackness.
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 1, 2014
6:19 PM

Post #9883096

Looks great!! What are you using for filtration? If it's in pond you hid it well.

Enjoy

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 1, 2014
7:35 PM

Post #9883171

I put this filter in today.still have to paint the wood but it has been raining here since yesterday. I want to do some lighting also.

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queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 1, 2014
7:37 PM

Post #9883173

This is much fun!

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 2, 2014
10:02 AM

Post #9883720

Really disappointed in this filter its like the pump isn't strong enough to push the water through the fountain head. Bringing it back.

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queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 2, 2014
10:03 AM

Post #9883724

Not having fun ...lol
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

July 2, 2014
3:47 PM

Post #9883968

I would return it as well. Do you know how many gph the pump is?

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 2, 2014
5:01 PM

Post #9884044

550 gph.

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 2, 2014
5:13 PM

Post #9884049

The pond is only about 500 gallons a little over 2 feet deep.I have no idea what filter to get.I liked the tetra one because the pump and filter were all in the pond.

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 2, 2014
8:55 PM

Post #9884230

Okay we rigged up a filter with pump I had.I also got some lights. Pics tomorrow.

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 2, 2014
11:16 PM

Post #9884258

Hopped in and put the lights in tonight.while I was doing that the neighbor complained about the pond being to loud and asked if I could turn it off at night.I'm like damnit but I fixed my pump so it doesn't make to much noise splashing water.#neighborproblems.

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

July 3, 2014
11:47 AM

Post #9884606

500gph isn't a lot of push.

Is your neighbor close to you?

If you are going to put fish in the pond, you will need to keep the pump running 24/7 during the ponding season.

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 3, 2014
3:16 PM

Post #9884774

I have a Quite One 4000 pump on the filter it does 991 gph and the pump on the fountain is the 2200 it does 594 gph,got the pumps for $20 on clearance at Petco a year ago.I was like I think these might come in handy someday lol.The neighbors house is about 50 feet from my pond there is one window on that side of their house,funny thing is they have a pond also.But yeah the water was splashing pretty loud I just had to cut the vinyl tube so it was shorter.I have one big goldfish in there right now so shutting of the pump is not going to happen.I know it was a little soon for a fish but I got a 75 gallon fish tank for free catch was I had to take the fish also.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

July 3, 2014
3:20 PM

Post #9884776

You seem to do well with the deals Queenie. That is awesome.

My closest neighbor is 35 feet from us and we did ask them how they felt about the noise. They were fine and joked about the noise. We also have a wall fountain that runs water as well, so we are rather noisy here, but it doesn't seem to bother anybody.

Your goldfish needs the aeration, so I wouldn't shut it down. ^_^

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 3, 2014
3:22 PM

Post #9884779

a couple pics from today.I gotta find a way to get that fountain to stay straight lol

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queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 3, 2014
3:44 PM

Post #9884807

the stupid harsh winter pretty much killed my dwarf weeping spruce,I gotta dig him up and move him and see if he bounces back.Right now its like your sitting there by the pond and all I notice is this tree.

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

July 3, 2014
5:02 PM

Post #9884877

Boy have I ever been there...

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 3, 2014
5:49 PM

Post #9884927

Its never ending lol

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 3, 2014
7:36 PM

Post #9885034

That tree gonna be thinking about it all day at work tomorrow lol but yeah when I get home out it goes.

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

July 4, 2014
8:13 AM

Post #9885394

Sounds like a touch of OCD, Queenie. Welcome to my world!
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 4, 2014
5:08 PM

Post #9885699

Hi Queenie,
If you want to see how to figure exact gallons of your pond plus what size pump you would need check out E-how.com.

All I can remember its LXWXD X 7.48 which would make your pond about 478..72 gals. If you have accessories you also have to take into consideration head feet. Distance from top of pump to top of waterfall for instance and add more water handling volume for that. .

Just type in how to calculate pond gallons etc. and there's a lot of info that comes up.

As far as neighbors my formula is ignore them. We are on 15 acres but have open land across the road from us which could be developed some day. If it is ponds are still staying with their noisy waterfalls etc.

Enjoy your pond. Bonnie

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 4, 2014
5:37 PM

Post #9885720

The tree is out and I feel better Lol.just don't know if I want to keep it.

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queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 4, 2014
10:20 PM

Post #9885864

Starting to get dark.

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queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 4, 2014
10:25 PM

Post #9885865

Bonnie Lol I totally agree! I just thought it was strange coming from her when she has a pond on her deck. But yes I am enjoying this so much its so peaceful and relaxing to watch the water.I just need some more fish and plants.

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 4, 2014
10:34 PM

Post #9885867

Most of my projects outside are done and I just weeded...i might actually be able to sit back and take it all in.

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queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 4, 2014
10:37 PM

Post #9885868

Just have to make sure I don't spend to much time out side and start neglecting my indoor fish lol

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

July 5, 2014
7:29 AM

Post #9886015

So nice Queenie. I love how you have everything set up.

I always had fish tanks inside too - I just don't have any place in this house to put one. Perhaps the next house.

Unfortunately, neighbors can be a problem - I have the worst neighbor ever on the one side, but I consider myself fortunate that I don't have a neighbor like him on the other side.

Enjoy your pond. It all looks so inviting.
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 6, 2014
4:30 AM

Post #9886589

Ditto Carolyn, yard looks beautiful. Guess I'm not the only one that likes blue. Blue can be 221 variations. Learned that in one of my drapery workrm. classes years ago. Blue is also the sign of a mellow personality. Doesn't apply to me. LOL

Carolyn, kill your neighbor with kindness. One of my neighbors learned we shoot dogs that get into our pasture with cows. After baking Christmas cookies one year I carried a large plate of cookies up to him and the look on his face was priceless. Well worth the effort. They have lived out here about 7 years. Still have never seen his wife and guess she doesn't want to meet her neighbors but that's ok. Angus cattle are a little to expensive to have damaged by dogs and we have had it happen before. Young couple nearest to us are wonderful. I don't have time to visit neighbors much but I like them to know I would help out in any emergency situation or need. Sooooo smile at the neighbor that's a PIA and you will feel better about it even if they don't.
Queen, you should be very proud of your beautiful yard. Mine looks like an overgrown jungle but what can I say. People are always giving me plants or fish and can't refuse a gift. That would be rude. LOL
Happy gardening & fish keeping.
Bonnie

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 19, 2014
7:52 PM

Post #9922054

Update pond is doing awesome haven't lost any fish either.Had to remove another dead bush though but found a awesome replacement! So yeah did some new planting around the pond.Also cool find my serviceberry tree next to the pond has 2 cercropia moth caterpillars! So yeah things are going great.

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queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 19, 2014
8:01 PM

Post #9922058

Those were some before pics here's a couple new ones.I still have to paint the wood surrounding the pond.

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queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 19, 2014
8:10 PM

Post #9922064

Caterpillar pics such a cool find.I can sit on my bench by my pond look up and there they are.

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queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 19, 2014
8:17 PM

Post #9922074

If the weather is good I should get the pond painted this weekend then I'll post more pics.yards looking good summer went by to fast.

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BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 20, 2014
2:55 AM

Post #9922177

Wish I had a neighbor that kept a yard looking as beautiful as yours. Really well organized and eye candy.
I love your blue fish in 1 bed. Gardening is food for the soul and wonderful to keep the body moving.
Enjoy your accomplishments.

Bonnie D.
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

August 20, 2014
6:05 AM

Post #9922258

Qbeez,
It looks great! You've worked hard, now you can relax and enjoy. (Bet the cranky neighbor peeks out the window often to enjoy the view too!)
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

August 20, 2014
2:18 PM

Post #9922543

It all looks so wonderful. I agree - you have earned some time to sit back and enjoy.

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

September 11, 2014
7:29 PM

Post #9938409

Finally got around to painting the wood trim today.I am very pleased with the out come.

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queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

September 11, 2014
7:34 PM

Post #9938413

Now I'm looking at pond de-icers its already dropping down into the 40's tonight...makes me sad.Minnesota from summer to winter lol.
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

September 12, 2014
4:34 AM

Post #9938556

Pond looks great as does the rest of your yard.
Your thinking cold and we are still sweating like crazy. I love the fall of the year.
Enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 14, 2014
11:22 AM

Post #9940108

Looks great. Will you grow some climbers on the trellis by the fence. To sort of block out the neighbor's yard. A beautiful clematis or rose. I have trouble growing either one up here except rugosa which are not climbers.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

September 14, 2014
1:25 PM

Post #9940178

Mary

Have you tried a William Baffin rose? They are part of the Canadian Explorer series. My New Dawns, I bought from a rose company in Canada - Pickering Nurseries. Check them out. I swear by them.

Queenie - I like the idea of a clematis on your trellis too. Ideas as to what you will be putting there? Your yard is already so beautiful.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 14, 2014
2:10 PM

Post #9940194

I have read about them Carolyn. I bought an Emily Carr (part of the Artist series) last year and it was gorgeous and strong. But it didn't come back this year. It is part of the Morden family. Morden Fireglow, however, has come back year after year. I need to move it though as the Ligularia on one side and the Amur maple on the other have put it into too much shade. Hate to move it but it has survived moves before so hopefully I won't kill it off.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

September 15, 2014
8:40 AM

Post #9940669

Do you have photos? I would love to see it.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 15, 2014
10:03 AM

Post #9940718

I have photos from last year. This year has been so wet the blooms were soggy almost as soon as they popped. Will look for them and post some. It does indeed seem to glow.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 15, 2014
10:15 AM

Post #9940737

I found these two in 2013. Not the best. the other is the one I have in my database as representative of the data attached to the flower name.

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 15, 2014
12:48 PM

Post #9940817

Beautiful!
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

September 16, 2014
1:17 AM

Post #9941267

Gorgeous Mary. I love your gardens!
MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

September 30, 2014
12:46 PM

Post #9950565

Alrighty,
So I'm getting a bit further with the new pond...don't have the upper water falls and stream done yet, but had to take advantage of the 500lb liner being moved while my strong son in laws were here!

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MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

September 30, 2014
12:49 PM

Post #9950566

Picture 1 - west end Picture 2 - east end
Due to the insanely intense rain we've had, it's filling up, and I'm not ready for it to just yet! :)
The east upper right corner has a ledge about 5 x 4 to put my water lilies on, it's only maybe 12 inches deep. They are smaller tropical lilies...once I split them, the rest go to Bonnie!

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MerryMary
Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL
(Zone 9b)

September 30, 2014
12:54 PM

Post #9950569

Once I get the water fall completed, the rest of the rock will go around. No rocks inside.
Then the plants... Lilies, water iris, lotus, and umbrella palm.
Up the stream and around the water fall will be very tropical and jungley. Cannas, coleus, caladiums, etc.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

September 30, 2014
4:34 PM

Post #9950705

Looks great MM!
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 30, 2014
5:16 PM

Post #9950728

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