Uncle Bert’s Backyard Pond

Posted by on Jun 18, 2012 in backyard | 33 comments

I have done quite a bit of work to my backyard.

You can see it here.

But, I still have big plans.

Part of these big plans include a water feature.

I can picture something made of stone. . . with a waterfall. . . fish swimming around. . . lily pads floating on top. . .

My brother added this one to his backyard a few years back.

It is my inspiration for my own water feature.

Mine will need to be a little smaller!

Here are a few pictures of his pond.

His involved tons and tons of rock!  More rock than I could probably tackle!

Mine will involve free rock that we haul from my in-laws farm.

He dug part of it deep enough that the fish can stay there all winter.  There are several pretty big fish in there.  They are the cheapest goldfish that you can buy, but they seem to do well.

Check out that GIANT tree!  I love older neighborhoods for their great trees.

I love these azaleas.  I have tried to grow them in Murfreesboro, TN, but they always die. Here in Memphis, TN, they thrive.

He built the pergola off the back of his house.  You can see part of it in this picture.  His back patio is also full of furniture that my dad has built.  I should have taken pictures. I will have to get some the next time I am in town.

I hope to start working on mine in the fall.  I want it to cool off a little before I tackle it.

I am sure to encounter a lot of stone.  Hopefully, I will be able to dig it deep enough.

I have a back-up plan for an above-ground water feature if the stone is too thick.

We will see. . .

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  1. I love the pond. My husband and I have been working on his the last couple of days. He decided to dig our old one up ’cause he wanted it bigger!

    • Wow! I am sure that is a HUGE undertaking! I am hoping to get mine in this fall!

  2. Its so lovely thanks for sharing and btw I love the look of your blog gingham is my fav!

  3. Love, love, love it. But I want one that I can swim in. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

    • You and me both! I am saving part of my backyard for the pool! Hopefully, in a couple of years. . .

  4. The pond looks great! Water features add alot of charm to outdoor livin spaces! Susie

    • I hope mine will look as good as my brothers!

  5. Ooh, that’s pretty. I’d love to have a pond in my backyard but it would be full of golf balls! LOL!


    • I hope that my golden retriever doesn’t use it as her personal swimming pool!

  6. Love the pond, would love to have one like that in my backyard! However we have barn cats, they might want to go fishing, so we settled for a small fountain! Loved the lily pads too, so pretty! Visiting from BNOTP

    • I might have to settle for a fountain as well. We have a lot of rock in Murfreesboro, so we will see what happens!

  7. Nice pond! I work for a water gardening company so had to check out this post. Good luck with your pond! You’ll love it.

    • I look forward to giving it a go this fall. I wish my brother lived closer!

  8. It’s one beautiful looking pond. Good luck with building your pond.


    • I hope mine can be half as good!

  9. Everytime I click on a picture at the link party I end up on your site! LOL I like your stuff !

    This reminds me of my grandfathers gold fish pond that he had long ago when I was a little girl!

    We lived with the grandparents until I was about 3 or so and that pond was magical to me. Later on when we moved to our own home they bought property next door but unfortunately he did not recreate his
    pond 🙁

    • Debra, I am so glad that you like my “stuff!” My girls would love for us to have a creek behind our house. They have several friends who live on creeks. But, I am hoping that they will find a goldfish pond to be fun. I hope they to will have sweet memories of our little pond like you do of your grandfathers! That project is going to start this fall. This summer is just too hot for digging!

  10. lovely pond. The rock wall/border looks amazing

    • I hope that mine will look half as good! Thanks for stopping by!

  11. This looks so peaceful. I also love old neighborhoods for their big trees also. Nothing like a big ole shade tree or two or three. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • Susanna, thanks for stopping by! For me, the more trees the merrier!

  12. There is nothing better than seeing and hearing water in your yard during the summer, Melissa. It’s so refreshing! And watching and feeding the fish is an extra special treat! I used to work for a landscape company that specialized in water gardens, so naturally I ended up building three of them throughout my gardens at the last house I lived in. When I moved out to the country into a farmhouse, a water gardenwas the first thing I dug! lol!

    xoxo laurie

    • I would love to see what you have done!

  13. Great looking pond. I would love to have one but I’m not up for any more yard work just now. It would be so romantic to hear the falling water as we sat in the garden. Good lock with yours,
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

    • Thanks! I am still trying to decide exactly what I want to do? I will start the digging this fall!

  14. What a gorgeous pond!! Megan

    • Thanks! I was just talking to my father-in-law today about getting rocks for it!

  15. Beautiful pond {inspiration!} I’d love something like this too but my husband complains that it’d attract mosquitoes and they looooooove him. 🙁 I’m going to have to practice a few anti-mosquito techniques so I can talk him into it. 😉

    • I am hoping the mosquitos will not be an issue. My brother bought toads for his and they do not have a problem with them. I plan to get some toads for ours as well!

  16. We have a pond and totally love it! The fish are fun to watch and the sound is soothing. It’s even pretty with snow in the winter. You have a great inspiration here. Good luck with your project!

    • I plan to start digging in the fall. I am looking forward to the soothing sound of water!

  17. What a beautiful yard and pond. I enjoyed seeing it. What state does your brother live in?

    Warmly, Michelle

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