The old pond;
A frog jumps in —
The sound of the water.
There are just three short lines in Matsuo Bashō `s haiku, and you see multimedia slide full of life, smells and sounds. The ability of the Japanese to create beauty, to exist in it, to see it in every manifestation is well known.
Pond in the Japanese style: the symmetry and the union of all the elements of air, water, wood, and stone
Pond in the Japanese style may also be built in our latitudes.
Palm trees are easily replaced by native plants
Our citizens for a long time perceived a garden plot as the arena of endless fight for the harvest, using hoes and shovels. Available today, “small-scale mechanization” and filled with food shelves in the supermarkets make it possible to change a bent posture to a more comfortable one and to do your endeavours and imagination to make the Beautiful Far become a Wonderful Today. And what can be more appealing than the water mirror, which reflects the sky and clouds, flowers and trees?
The pond perfectly fits into the surrounding landscape and looks just like a natural one
The experts of Vedic culture assure that water represents the subconscious mind that never sleeps, with its desire for liberation from negativity and for development. It stores the information about what has been, is and will be.
And no matter what is the reason for the fashion trend of decorating your living space with the water element in the limited by financial and territorial possibilities extent. If you made a firm decision on placing your own reservoir on the plot, then half the battle is already passed. Now the main thing is to dismiss all doubts, because the experience of many professional and non-professional “pond-keepers” shows that this dream can come true for sure.
A small pond is combined with a small “waterfall”, forming a cozy sitting area near the apartment house
One wise man said that it is much more important to realize not what you want, but the things you do not want and start acting after making one`s mind. All water basins that are built on plots are divided according to their purpose—to serve as a decoration or as a font. The fact what type of water body will be chosen, the applied technologies and materials the final look will depend on .
Today’s post is for those whose choice is a reflecting pool.
The water space has several kinds of decoration—expertly selected plants, a small bridge, cascade, stones, tiles, sculptural figurines of cranes and herons
Selecting the location is one of the conditions of the success planned project. One of the tips that are given by experts is not to organize the pond in close proximity to trees. In autumn, deciduous leaves will clutter up the stagnant water, rotting at the reservoir bottom, and it will have a negative effect on its condition. But even in such situation there is a solution—during the leaf fall time one can stretch a special net over the surface.
The trees are beautifully reflected in the water, but one should take care of the pond and prevent it from being polluted with falling leaves.
Another recommendation: the pond should be located so as to be under the open sun rays no more than 6 hours. During this time, the water will have enough time to warm up, but there will be no intense “blooming”. Shade can be provided by placing the pond near the house wall, a solid fence or dense planting.
At different daylight hours different parts of the reservoir are either illuminated or in the shade
The next stage is choosing the form. In fact, it can be whatever. But in order to harmoniously fit the pond into the surrounding landscape, one should consider the form of the plot, types of buildings, etc. If regular geometrical shapes prevail, it is better if the reservoir is also square or rectangular. In this case, the property will resemble a regular park or symmetrical garden in the Japanese style.
The rectangular basin is located along the house wall
The pond of strict geometrical shapes is perfectly located at the high decorative wall
The rectangular shape is given to the reflecting pool when the elevated version of the hydraulic structure is built (its advantages comprise the facts that less money and physical effort are spent for the construction, it is easy to take care of it, and its downside is that the pond completely freezes in winter).
Geometric shapes of the elevated pond are dictated by the technology, using the concrete lining of its entire inner surface
But most often a free form is chosen. This allows you to feel as a landscape designer and give free rein to your imagination. Technically, the future configuration of the reservoir is marked on the ground with stakes and a stretched rope (for rectangular versions) or by using a flexible hose (for determining free shapes). A drop-shaped pond looks very aesthetically.
A drop-shape of a small pond in the garden of the old English style
Of course, strict rules on the choice of forms do not exist; we can talk only about the tips and recommendations. Sometimes an original image can be obtained by breaking the existing canons and mixing styles.
Related reservoirs combine different configurations—those of regular rectangle and free shapes
One decides what size the pond will have, basing on the sizes of the territorial possessions, on what part of the land can be freed from the necessity of gardening and even on the degree of confidence in one`s own abilities to create a pond on the garden plot.
There is an opportunity to get initial experience by purchasing a ready-made form of plastic of a certain size and color (today’s market offers a wide range of such products). One has only to dig the form into the ground, fill it with water and begin decorating. Black base will help to create the pond with a smooth surface, on which as in a mirror the surrounding landscape will be reflected.
Plastic molding can be the basis for such a small pond
Such basin will exist about 3-5 years, during this time one can make sure that the area around the reservoir is the most comfortable and beautiful on the entire plot and think about the expansion of the water surface, choosing the way of creating a new kind of the hydraulic work or a water system using the excavated pit (manually or using the machinery).
Several interconnected ponds create a beautiful water composition
Size? Experts say that the wider and deeper, the better. In a deeper reservoir its own ecosystem is created, and it is capable of self-cleaning and long-term survival. Curiously enough, but a small pond requires larger efforts to take care of it.
A pond with a cascade has a sufficient size that enables plants and microorganisms to freely reproduce themselves
The decorative pond looks especially beautiful and natural when combined with plants at different levels of depth or along the perimeter of the water front. Floating leaves give the surface of the water especially picturesque look.
A small pond with floating leaves makes the impression of a natural reservoir
For a deep-water landscaping area pond lilies, balsam-fir sawfly and bulrush will be perfect; for a shallow one—pickerelweed, marsh marigold, water plantain, arrowhead, macereed; for adjacent areas—purple loosestrife, love-me-not, loosestrife, rauvolfia, cotton grass, and dwarf rush.
Gardening of a rectangular pond
Green composition of water and coastal plants
To create deep-water ponds, different materials for forming the bed are used—concrete, clay, plastic, a variety of film coatings, nets. Sometimes there is a need in disguise of protrusive covering elements. For this purpose, tiles, pebbles, large rocks and boulders are perfect.
A shallow stream flowing among large stones, adjacent area, lined in contrast with rough boulders, and smooth plates create an unusual composition
The slides for cascades and waterfalls are constructed with the help of artificial embankments and flat stone. The sound of murmuring water, accompanied by the birds singing and the leaves whisper is able to recover the mental tone and create a wonderful mood after a busy day.
Dynamic pond with water flowing on the stone ledges is the best remedy for relaxation and an exceptional place for a long meditation
The bridges, made of flagstone, wood or wrought iron serve as the decoration of the pond, having also a practical purpose.
A wonderful island for relaxing is surrounded along the perimeter with a narrow strip of water and is connected to the “mainland” with the flagstone bridges
A popular (but quite expensive) method of decoration is arranging fountains of a different design.
Fountains, spurting from a vertical wall and flowing into the pond of the free configuration are technically quite feasible to organize at a country mansion
Creating a complete ecosystem of the independently existing pond is possible only with the participation of the fish, which will eliminate the duckweed, not allowing it to grow intensively. Various fish species, suitable for culturing in small ponds, are very decorative. You can spend hours watching their movements in the clear water.
Fish enliven the strict geometry of the pond, which is equipped with a laconic bridge, leading to the entrance of the house. Without these nimble creatures the pond would look less interesting
One needs to think about breeding fish already while designing the pond to make it deep enough for their safe wintering. It is also necessary to consult a specialist which fish breeds can peacefully coexist together. Common species of fish for domestic ponds include agile silver bleaks, patterned brownish minnows, bright goldfish, multi-colored koi, graceful bleaks and golden ides.
Southern fish pond—a wonderful source for creative ideas, applicable to these places
At night you can enjoy the beauty of the pond, having equipped it with the illumination system. The only requirement that should be carried out rigorously is compliance with all the requirements for operation of electrical appliances in the wet environment. As for the rest, the owner`s creative flight of thought is not limited. With beautifully selected color composition and the unusual arrangement of lighting devices one can create a magically beautiful night fairy tale.
The illumination complex provides arrangement of lighting devices both under water and at different points of the space surrounding the pond
Creating an ornamental pond in a country mansion will bring great joy at every stage of implementing the project into life—from its conception, the gradual materialization from the idea to the specific object, until gaining a magnificent decoration, a miracle created by your own hands.