The Hidden Pond
I had always wanted a garden pond but my suburban garden simply couldn't accommodate one. In any case I was intending to move to the country and felt that I might as well wait to see what sort of garden I ended up with. I launched a search for a new home and found the perfect place. The garden was bigger than my old one and had amazing potential. There was no pond but there were plenty of places to put one.
A Garden out of Control
Unfortunately, my new garden was also a complete mess. Think war zone with bit of jungle thrown in for good measure. The house had been left unoccupied for three years and so the garden had been left to its own devices. The result was a lot of dead plants and shrubs, a few areas which were completely overgrown and a major headache for me. The pond would have to wait!
A Major Project
I decided to tackle the front garden's raised beds first and worry about everything else later. My dogs were enjoying playing in the rest of the garden and so it could wait. Then, one of the dogs came in looking like he had been dipped in a vat of tar! His legs and face were black and covered in a wet, gloopy substance that was truly unpleasant. I couldn't understand what had happened. When the same thing happened again a few days later my curiosity got the better of me.
On Safari in the Garden
I decided to inspect every area of the garden to find the source of the gloopy mess. When I reached the bottom of the back garden I found an area covered by a curious looking plant. I bent down to inspect it and as I parted the leaves, I was shocked to discover that there was a pond underneath. Most of the water was gone. There was just a small corner of black, mucky water remaining. The dogs had been paddling in this, hence the disgusting gloop on their legs.
[caption id="attachment_442" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Hidden Pond from above[/caption]
Gosh! I had been living in the new house for more than month and hadn't realised that I had a pond! I have heard of secret gardens but not secret ponds!
Garden Pond Overhaul
My overhaul of the garden will now have to include clearing out the pond and restoring it to its former glory. I haven't plunged my arms into the murky depths yet so I don't know if it is lined, but it was created by the construction of a small stone wall.
[caption id="attachment_443" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Hidden pond - the small stone wall. It could easily be mistaken for an overgrown raised bed.[/caption]
I have a garden pond after all! I would love to stock it with fish but I live next to a river and there are plenty of herons about. The pond isn't large enough for koi and I fear that any gold fish would be taken by the birds in no time. Much as I would love a fish pond, I think I will have to restrict myself to plants. The big challenge will be keeping the dogs out of the water. A paddling pool would probably be a wise investment!