Team Water Feature, or No Water Feature?: Water...water...everywhere!!

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Team Water Feature, or No Water Feature?

By Trish
September 11, 2011

Ponds, birdbaths, fountains, or just plain good soil- you are on one team or the other- let's find out which!

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Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Sheila_FW
Sep 10, 2011 7:29 PM CST
Love water in the garden, it brings in so many interesting insects and wildlife. Birds that don't normally come to our yard make it a daily stop now. It makes the yard feel alive when you hear the water and see the movement. I have a 750 gallon pond with waterfall and a three foot water one with a statuary in it that holds water temporarily before it cascades down the sides. Planning on putting one out front next year.
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Sep 10, 2011 8:30 PM CST
I love the water too, I have a small prefab pond with a waterfall and i love it, the birds love it too, doves come and sip from the waterfall, very nice!!! Smiling
Also have a few water dishes for bird baths and for the frogs. Smiling
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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Sep 10, 2011 8:42 PM CST
I love water too! In fact it IS my favorite thing in this world. Agua.
I have a birdbath given to me by bsavage about 4 years ago. I love it. I clean it everyday. Love to provide the birds a place to drink and bathe in this heat. The bees come to drink, too. Definitely attracts the wildlife.

I don't think I could be a full blown "ponder" ... now that is a job!


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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Sep 10, 2011 9:54 PM CST

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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Sep 10, 2011 10:05 PM CST
Well sort of, Dave...
Aguane is an Italian word for a woodland faery who hangs out near or in streams.
I identify with the character because I love the Giant Redwood Rain Forests of the northwest (California) where I was raised. The forests are just awesome. Damp, rich, cool, quiet, strong, protecting... very safe feeling for me.
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Sep 10, 2011 10:43 PM CST
I love water gardens. Love the sound and site. Sure wish I had one.
Name: Susie
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Aguane
Sep 10, 2011 10:50 PM CST
Well Lynn. I can tell you that the sound of a bird or several birds taking a bath in a large basin like I have is almost like having a water feature. When my windows are open and I'm near by and can hear the birds are bathing I stop to watch ... kinda cool.
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Name: Debbie
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Debbie
Sep 10, 2011 11:27 PM CST
I agree, I love the soothing sound of my water fountain, as I am working in my garden. So peaceful. I have also found the joy of watching the birds bathing in my bird bath. I was raised in the city, so now that we live in country , I just watch in awe, as the birds and butterflies visit my garden.
Name: Vicki
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vic
Sep 11, 2011 2:18 AM CST
Team Water all the way!

We have a water garden that has lots of plants and fish and a water fountain.

Sheila is right in that we have attracted so much wildlife. Lots of frogs, birds, etc.

It's peaceful, I love it.
Name: Sally
Wesley Chapel. FL (Zone 9a)
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Sossman
Sep 11, 2011 3:32 AM CST
I have a 50 gallon prefab pond in my small backyard with plants and a couple of fish. I also have a fountain in the front yard right outside my office window. I can hear the water tinkling away as I type. This spring I converted a large planter into a water feature on the lanai. I added plants and some gold fish. It just makes me happy to listen to water trickling all around me. Add in a few bird baths and ground dishes of water........well, guess I am Team Water too! Smiling
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dahlianut
Sep 11, 2011 6:09 AM CST
Definitely team water (glub, glub) Smiling I have bird baths and a solar fountain and I have a plan for a pondless waterfall that I want to incorporate into a tree. I also have a spot to make mud puddles for the birds to use to build nests in the spring Smiling
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 11, 2011 6:39 AM CST
How cool Dahl gal with the purple updo. A spot to make mud puddles. You should submit that for an acorn you know.
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Name: Lee
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TweedleLeeDee
Sep 11, 2011 7:11 AM CST
definitely water.......pond AND bird baths......for a number of reasons
How about our baby 3 legged frog?
Name: Trish
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Trish
Sep 11, 2011 10:48 AM CST

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Name: Linda
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mom2goldens
Sep 11, 2011 10:59 AM CST
Team water here, too. Several years ago, when we were designing our landscape, we debated long and hard about putting a pond in....knowing that we'd have trouble keeping our golden retriever OUT of the pond. We finally decided to go ahead, but worked with the designer to make it dog friendly. Best choice we ever made.....the birds love the pond (as do the dogs). It's right off of our patio, so we can see and hear the water easily.


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Name: Charlene Houseman
Lehigh Acres, Fl 33971 (Zone 9b)
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charlenesplants
Sep 11, 2011 5:44 PM CST
Water, water, everywhere!

We bought an old hot tub off of Craig's list and turned it into a fish pond. I used an old well hand pump to return the water and it gives it a nice look. I love having coffee in the swing while listening to the water and watching the fish.

I have a fountain and a faux rock waterfall also. I have plans for more, more, more!

Lowe's just put a bunch of these on sale and I got my fountain that was a display model for about 1/5 of the original cost. It works fine and looks and sounds just great!

Charlene
P.S.I love Florida!
Name: Susie
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Aguane
Sep 11, 2011 5:52 PM CST
Love the Golden in the water!
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Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Sheila_FW
Sep 11, 2011 6:00 PM CST
Hey Charlene!! Hurray! ....so glad you are getting settled in Florida. Miss you at our RUs here in TX for sure. Lovey dubby
Love the idea of a hot tub to re-purpose / recycle! Thumbs up
Name: Brenda
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bsavage
Sep 12, 2011 2:59 AM CST
I am Team Water all the way. Nothing attracts birds faster than some water, and I love the sound. In AZ we had big ponds that DH built, and here in Colorado we have our little 'log fountain' and our waterfall (again, both built by DH... I come up with an idea and he makes it so!).

Susie (Aguane), I am so happy that that birdbath still brings you joy... you bring me joy, my friend!
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LouC
Sep 12, 2011 8:44 AM CST
Spent Saturday cleaning the three bird baths, pond, butterfly watering hole, and all 10 feeders. The largest with a fountain is directly in front of my desk. The Robins have been prolific this year and the fledglings have gathered 3 at a time waiting to bathe. In this awful heat, we have become a sanctuary for the wildlife. All creatures are suffering with the lack of rain.

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