For the past couple of years the only real focal point in the garden (beyond the plants anyway) has been a birdbath.
Well, those are great an all but it could be a little bit more interesting. Maybe a bit dynamic, something with movement, sound, or anything else to spice up my yard. Then I also bought some Papyrus just because it was 80% off. I needed a pond, but it had to be small. Pondless, condo rules won’t allow anything that could become a drowning hazard, big enough for some plants, and with enough water movement to make a decent amount of sound but without too much splashing, I don’t want to be refilling it constantly.
After looking at my options I decided on something fully contained in, well, a container. Something like a shallow bowl, roughly 2’x2′. Ended up finding a pretty much perfect fiberglass container, no drainage, 30″x16″ or basically just about perfect to be able to put plants at the back, then the fountain, then an open area that might double as a birdbath (since this is replacing the older one we’ve had for years).
I wanted to avoid this sort of bamboo spout but ultimately decided it was the only real option I had. The middle part moves but fortunately gets caught on a plant and doesn’t move. If it starts to again I’ll jam something in so it stops. I’d actually sort of jump at the chance to get a real deer scarer with a simple design made from actual bamboo that doesn’t just flop around with a pump but until then this will have to do.
I used fibreglass screen over eggcrate/fluorescent light diffuser so the pea gravel wouldn’t fall through. After this it’s just a question of placing plants and pump and arranging the rocks in a somewhat natural way and that’s about it.
It will be a while before the Papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) fills in – you can only divide a 4″ pot into so many pieces and still have them look presentable right away.
Already I’ve got a resident male Whitetail Dragonfly which I’ve seen almost every day since it was set up last Wednesday and the sound of the falling water really makes it so much nicer to sit outside and just read, of even doing other yard work is more relaxing now.