WATERFEATURES...WHAT'S NEW...

ALL THINGS BRIGHT and BEAUTIFUL. Natural projects (Landscaping: Wildlife Ponds-Streams-Bogs-Naturalistic Planting) I've done all over the country + HORRORS (Natural Nightmares) we've put right...

Naturalistic Projects...Chapter ONE. Renovations+New Projects+Aquatic+Bog Planting...Hampshire+Sussex+Cotwolds+Wales+





This used to be a horrible stagnant mess (see image four), a very badly designed feature with too many backwaters that just created water flow problems...now just a few months later it's Spring.

New naturalistic planting is starting to establish...and with the size and quality of the plants that I use the effect, just three months after planting, is instant!



10% of this water flow is natural, the rest has been created by us adding a pump to visually improve the flow.



And here's what part of it looked like before!
My men just love their work...they have to, working up to their knees in stinking black slime!

As you can see bottom left, stagnant duckweed covered water and thick black sludge. This section and others had to be filled in, moving water was introduced which cleared the duckweed, and took away the problem. And as you just saw in the first three images, there's now fresh moving water...and moving water is healthy water!



Work in progress...to the right you should just be able to make out a timber edged path. originally this was another stagnant backwater. In the process of redesigning I converted the backwater into a Bog Garden, and again just a few months later...







I am amazed how well this wildlife pond has performed, when we took it on it was a sad hole in the ground. Everything you see above and in the next images was created from scratch.

We redug the existing hole and created planting environments within it in a very natural way...





Subtle rock edged planting areas keep the plants in check, because of the way we dig out and build our ponds and streams we are able to control how much water gets into the beds, wet at the front for the aquatics and just damp at the back for moisture loving plants. Some of the plants that you see above should be growing in dry soil...well actually they are, you just can't see the join, and that is the skill...



The "natural pond" appears to be fed by an upper stream, another stream flows from the pond and into a chamber where we have the pumps. Above is a section of the planting that lives beside the lower stream. All manmade and all planted within the last two years by us...