Welcome to Pond and Garden, my new site dedicated all things gardening! You’ll find plenty of inspiration about vegetables, perennials, annuals, and water gardening. I love the outdoors and find gardening to be extremely therapeutic. My favorite part of the garden, however, is my garden pond.
The pond replaced this weedy section of my backyard. We never used this space. Ever. Large trees made it hard for grass to grow and an old sidewalk leading to the shed was an eyesore. You can see Muffy, one of our feral cats, enjoying her dinner.
And here’s what the space looked like after the garden pond was installed. What a difference! We now spend a bit of time out here every day during the warmer months. I spent a lot of time adding plants in and around the pond.
My favorite are the waterlilies. This pink beauty is called Madame Wilfron Gonnere. It’s a hardy water lily so she comes back every year. You’ll find that waterlilies are sometimes named after people.
This purple beauty is called Violicious. It’s also a hardy flower and comes back every year. Most purple waterlilies are tropical and are like annuals. I was excited to find this hardy variety of such a gorgeous shade of purple. The yellow center appears to glow when the sunlight hits it just right.
In addition to beautiful waterlilies, the pond is stocked with a few koi and other fish. Hubby and I feed them in the morning and evening during the warmer months.
Here you can see one of my butterfly koi next to a Red Attraction waterlily. Watching the fish swim and listening to the waterfall is so relaxing! If you suffer from stress, high blood pressure, or other health issues, you’ll find that a pond has special healing elements.
And speaking of listening to the waterfall, my garden pond features a pretty waterfall that looks like it’s coming out from under the bridal bush.
Watch the video of the fish swimming in the pond with the morning sun: