A previous blog described the problems we have been having with one of our ponds that had developed a leak. This was back in August and ever since then we have been trying to get it fixed.Having removed the liner the base of the pond was dug out further ready for a concrete base. The next stage was to get the sides and base to dry out ready for fiber-glassing. This meant we have had to put plastic sheeting over the pond.
If you look at the above pictures you can see that we have taken the opportunity of this disruption to revive the bed beyond the pond. The very large rose in the centre of that bed is Rosa omeiensis pteracantha. This wild rose has very wide, decorative, reddish prickles that sit on a long base on the young shoots. It is therefore also known as barbed wire rose. The flowers are typical “wild rose” type and always flower early in spring.The rose does get huge and we decided to cut it down to the ground and let it shoot up again. Within a couple of weeks it was vigorously shooting.Meanwhile the water lily plants from the pond have been sitting on some spare ground.New planting cages were obtained together with aquatic compost to plant up the water lilies. We then just waited wand waited for the fiber-glassing company to arrive. Then at last they came last Saturday and what a change they made.Fiber-glassing is an excellent way to water proof a pond. There is no untidy liner to worry and leaks (if they occur) can easily be repaired.
Connections for the pump and electrics can also be done through the side of the pond which gives a much more tidy solution compared with a liner.The pump has been connected up and will supply a water feature which empties into the rill. The various terracotta chimney pots are just to provide some shelter for any fish and the stack of blocks in the corner is a shelf for marginal plants. And then at last the pond was filled!The water lilies were planted up in the new plant cagesand placed in the pond. There are basically to varieties, a red and a white one. They are both quite vigorous and are suitable for a pond of this size. So we now need to sort out the marginals and also finalise the water feature to restore the pond to it former glory:
This week we have also had the first frosts of winter. Looking again at the dahlias,
see what the frost has done. However, I will not feel so bad about digging them up now!
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