So after much ado...Mother dearest won't let me bury the darn thing. Grr. Not even partially buried. Nope, she thinks the tub is cute. I kinda think it's an eyesore after staring at it for 2 years.
But returning to the main event! (before wandering off again)
This week I did about 20 hours of yard work to gain mother's approval for the pond. The biggest part of this was cleaning out the flowerbed the pond now resides in. 6+ months of neglect, and before then never getting the deep cleaning I needed, this was a challenge of the ages. It took me two days, about 9 hours.
Given that mother dearest is on a camping trip this weekend (she took my cat with her), I figured it'd be nice to surprise her with a mostly-finished pond (waiting to receive a solar pump). I also wanted to give the pond a nice stable resting place, so I set a couple pavers for the base, and then added some moss-covered broken pavers as stepping stones to the pond. First time doing any of that, I'm quite proud of them. Also gave me a place to deposit some of the many small plants that I had bestowed upon the deck, and were getting in the way.
For the pond itself, I know mother wants me to get mini cattails, but mine died, and I don't know where to get more. In the meantime I had a hanging planter thingy with golden creeping jenny that I'd had on the pond before, so that went on it (yes, that stuff can go fully aquatic too) and a cutting from an unidentified house plant that can root in water. I also wanted to have some water movement (hence solar pump), wanted to clean the surface of the pond, and have a water feature that broke the surface of the pond. I figured out all three.
I made what I hope will work as a surface skimmer and general filter (that bit would be better at the bottom of the pond), and will allow the otherwise weak solar filter to break the surface of the water. It's hot glued to the side of the pond. Didn't seem to be damage to the pond, but for the record, Dasani bottles melt at just about the same temp as hot glue, lol. I put some bio media in the bottom (not pictured) and will add filter floss when I get the pump to go in it.
- Water hyacinth
- dwarf water lettuce
- Golden creeping jenny
- Crypt. Balanese
- Java fern
- ??? aponogeton
- water onion
- submerged golden creeping jenny
- Unexpected Ramshorn snail (henceforth known as Larry)
- 2 longfin leopard danios
- 2-4 longfin zebra danios
- Possibly white clouds? Dunno
Very nice...wish I could've done something like that