This spring I added a "water feature" to my backyard garden.
As with most of my gardening projects, it was a family affair. Tom and Brian (with help from our foreign exchange student, Dominik) did the dirty work -- the digging and actual installation of the pond -- and I did the design and planting.
Now this is a tiny pond; in fact, it might be best described as a puddle. But I am delighted. The pond is right next to the patio, so I can sit (and sip wine. . .) and listen to the little fountain. The sound of the water trickling is so nice!
And I have two little fish! Koi. Brian and Dominik picked them up for me for Mother's Day -- before the pond was even settled in the ground. If you look closely, you can see them feeding in this picture. (Their names are Luda and Boo.)
Jenny sees them! She likes to watch them swim around. . .
At first, I was afraid that Jenny might go IN the pond (she loves to swim. . .), but so far, she hasn't taken the plunge. She leaps over the pond. She steals rocks from the pond. She watches the fish. And she thinks the mini-birdbath is her outside watering dish!
Jenny isn't the only one who thinks the pond is an excellent watering hole, though! I've discovered that I've created a popular spot for the yellow jacket population!
All day, there is a steady stream of yellow jackets, landing on my tiny lily pads -- eager for a sip.
My little pond has brought a whole new dimension to my garden!