Water gardens are a wonderful way to unwind at the end of the day. The soothing sounds of a waterfall seem to help block out a lot of noise and clutter that has been bombarding you all day. Once you are sitting by your pond or water feature and the water flowing and gently lapses you into a state of relaxation.
The water garden above was completed one year ago last weekend. It has been in full operation for 372 days and is a goldfish pond. It is actually a real live ecosystem. Officially I can say it is a pond because yesterday a tenet moved in that was not stocked the pond now has it’s first frog.
Water gardens are a very diverse type of garden not only do you have your traditional landscape plants but you also incorporate aquatic
plants and even marginal bog plants as well as fish and other aquatic life. It is a living breathing community of it’s own. While a water garden may look like a great deal of work it really is not. The whole secret of water gardens is to set the garden up to be a balance ecosystem and then the day to day maintenance is pretty much just to make sure the skimmer basket is emptied and that beneficial bacteria is added every two weeks. Check the water level every couple of days and do a good thorough cleaning each spring that is about it.
I can not think of a nicer way to spend a balmy summer afternoon then sitting on your patio or deck a cool drink in your hand watching the water flow gently into the pond. As the fish jump and play and a dragonfly gently dips in and out of the water your mind slowly unwinds and you drift off to your own thoughts and peaceful tranquility quickly envelopes you.