Archive : pond

Sep 30 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 14 comments

Painting the pond

Special Gold fish

About two weeks ago we had a minor episode with electrical boards tripping and the problem was traced to the pond. Our wonderful friend and electrician Gavin was here in minutes and pronounced the wiring to the pond had deteriorated so badly it needed to be rewired. This required draining the pond so I decided it was an opportune time to repaint the interior of the pond which has been annoying me [...]

Apr 07 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 6 comments

A few new plants for the pond

A lovely Cyperus paptrus

I’ve been trying to source some good plants for my pond. All my “pond research” has taught me, that my pond needs a lot more plants than I currently have in order to get the correct balance in the pond to prevent algae from taking over. The few existing plants urgently need re-potting – something that’s never be done in four years (blushing in embarrassment here). Poor things have been living in [...]

Mar 22 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 22 comments

Autumn Bird-capades

In the massive Pepper tree

My garden is a hive of bird activity at the moment. The Starlings are loving the berries on the massive Willow-like Shinus that stands in the front garden and at any given time during the day there seem to be about thirty to forty of them there at a time, eating the red berries and swooping down to my pond for a drink from the bird baths and a swim. They chatter [...]

Feb 27 2012 by in Christine's garden, Do it yourself, Gardening, | 9 comments

The Problem with the Thatching Reed

Successful planting on the RIGHT

We continue with the Big Pond Makeover – or “Project Pond“. The problem I’m focussing on in this post, is the “flop” of the Chondropetalum tectorum (Cape Thatching Reed) planted in the bed on the left of the pond. On each side of the pond is a planting bed. Landscapers told me whatever I plant in the one I need to mirror in the other – and I agree. But it is tricky, [...]

Feb 26 2012 by in Christine's garden, Do it yourself, Gardening, | 23 comments

The Big PRE-Makeover Pond Post

One of my goldfish in the pond

I keep repeating myself on this – my pond / water feature kinda sucks! Seeing to it and making it more attractive is one of the things on my 2012 Gardening To-Do List and up to now I’ve been thinking and doing a bit of pond research. So far, Project Pond has started slowly with the adding of some oxygenator plants to the pond, I’ve germinated some Lotus Blossom from seed (new [...]

Feb 13 2012 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 14 comments

Oxygenators for the pond

Oxygenator getting planted

One of the things on my “List of Things to Do in 2012” is to sort out my pond / water feature. That was pushed to the top of the list when my pond guy upped his rate by another 30% (30% every year for the last three years) which means he is now very expensive for the twenty minutes it takes him to clean the pond. I haven’t fired him yet [...]

Jan 23 2011 by in Christine's garden, Gardening, | 4 comments

Water Hyacinth

Water Hyacinth

I’m on a mission to get my pond sorted out this year. As you know, we inherited the fish pond when we bought the house – it had four gold fish and one Koi in it – no plants whatsoever and it’s not a great looking pond. There were hedges growing on either side of the pond that were so overgrown they were sort of growing into the pond and all in [...]