My friend Melanie has an amazing pond at her house and I've really enjoyed watching the process and hearing about it. I knew I was not, nor probably never will be, ready for anything like that, but I am still fascinated and in awe when I see it.
She brought me a magazine recently, with lots of DYI projects. One of them was the new water feature in our yard, but I also saw several water container gardens.
Oh how I wish I could do something like that. *sigh* Wait a minute. Why CAN'T I???
I found the perfect bucket--free!!-a container that our feed and seeds gets mineral blocks in. Added some pea gravel, filled that puppy up with water, and was on the hunt for some water plants.
I really had NO idea what I was looking for, and had only planned on getting 2. I came home with 5. (Yes, I am fully aware I may have some impulse control problems...especially when it comes to plants.) Anyway, my haul included some variegated Sweet Flag, Water Pennywort, a Chinese Hardy Orchid, Southern Blue Flag Iris, and some Golden Creeping Jenny.
I had a moment of panic when I got them home, because honestly, I have NO idea what I'm doing. I pretty much re-potted them in bigger pots just the way the nursery had them potted and set them in. They look pretty right now at least. Crossing fingers I don't kill them!
And there are 2 goldfish and 1 Goth-fish in there as well, to add a bit of excitement to my front porch. The Goth-Fish is really just a fancy tailed goldfish, but that's what I call her, as she is all orange except for her lips. They are black. ;-)
It's been so much fun and I'm very much enjoying my little wanna be pond in a bucket!!