A memorial garden can be as small as a single tree or plant or as large as an over-sized flowerbed or garden with many different flowers, ornamental grasses, and even shrubs and trees, depending on how much space you have. Where you locate your garden will depend on the size of that space and/or the type of plants you want. You could choose a quiet, private spot or one with a favorite view or meaning to the deceased.
When choosing a site, just remember that to have a successful garden you need to choose the right plants to fit the soil, sun, and other growing conditions. If you live in an apartment, or don’t have a backyard, you can still create a memorial garden! Tie a colorful ribbon around a pot of rosemary or a miniature rose and keep it by your desk with a picture or memento of your loved one.
On a deck or patio, you can fill a special container with a few choice perennials that you can move indoors to overwinter when the weather turns cold. You can also ask your city officials to see if you can have a tree planted at a park or near a town landmark or building in memory of your loved one. You can also have a beautiful ponds with koi fish in the middle of your garden. A good pond just add to beauty for your garden. But to maintain the pond, You must have good pond pumps, more on how you can choose the best pond pumps in 2018 later in this article.
My UK Garden Diary
Last year, cool weather plus bad arthritis contributed to the patio garden getting ratty in August. Powdery mildew was a problem. Clearly, I needed to dig up the beds, amend the soil with new organic material, and break up my clay dirt which keeps turning into unfired ceramic.
Arthritis and a pinched nerve in my neck made it too difficult. Finally, this spring, I hired a gardener who dug up almost everything and replaced the top six inches with organic Gro-Power. He probably thought I was nuts for sniffing the black dirt in his truck bed, but it smelled like UK farmland soil.
The fuschia added to this barrel, incongruously, is named Winston Churchill. Pansies around it will get covered over when it gets going. White bleeding hearts plants bracketing the barrel didn’t bloom for long, but their foliage is lovely. Below, left: shade garden with calla lilies (from last year), a new shooting star hydrangea, blue lobelias, white English daisies, regular daisies, and lavender petunias.
Below, right: flowerbed with irises in back, delphiniums in the middle (note left-hand one with blue blossoms about to open, it has a stealth bomb in it I was not expecting), white nemesia in front. Cat at usual on dirt in front of happy peach tree. Herb patch beat back to size. Notice the unhappy weird pot plant with the purple blossoms. I bought it three years ago and can’t remember what it is. Terribly pot-bound, it will soon be liberated! The red geranium clashing with everything else is also from a few years ago, nipped from the huge planters that are everywhere in my city. If they grow there, they’ll grow in my yard, I reasoned!
Choosing the right plants for your garden
When selecting plants for a memorial garden, think about your loved one’s favorite flowers. You may wish to include many of their favorites if possible. Did that person love daisies or roses? Prefer hostas or ornamental grases? Did he or she have a favorite season such as spring, making a bulb garden of daffodils, tulips, and other spring bloomers the perfect tribute?
How about the fragrances or colors that evoke fond memories? Perhaps the scent of lavender or roses reminds you of that person. If red was his or her favorite color, consider planting a garden consisting primarily of red flowers with a single accent color such as white or yellow. For example, you could plant a mixed bed of red impatiens, geraniums, and roses mixed with white daisies.
What about plants that have specific meanings, such as forget-me-nots (memories), rosemary (remembrance), poppies (rest or eternal sleep), yellow tulips (friendship), or pink carnations (I’ll never forget you). If the memorial is for a baby or young child, plant daisies for innocence or white lilies for purity. Plant sweetheart roses to remember a spouse. Or if your memorial garden is a single tree, plant an oak for strength or a yew for immortality.
If honoring a veteran, try a red, white, and blue garden, including varieties such as red poppies and daylilies, white phlox and peonies, and blue Jacob’s ladder and Siberian irises. Even though you will probably want to include a mix of flowers and other greenery, don’t forget to keep proportion in mind. Place taller plants in the back, smaller ones in the front, for example. What makes it a memorial garden though is that comes from our hearts. Don’t worry whether your planting fits rules of design or will be appreciated by others. Do what is most meaningful for you.
Why You Need Pond Pumps
Pond pumps provides a healthy and clear pond. In a natural pond the water, soil, plants, and animals all live in harmony. Most beginning pond-keepers buy pumps for filtration. What you do need is to have suitable submerged & emergent planting, so that the nutrients which build up naturally in the water are taken up by plant growth. Thus pond fish and water plants find the pond more to their liking and you will be confronted with fewer diseased fish and less pond maintenance.
- No one comes along to clean the pond or to aerate it.
- When choosing a pump for filtration, the gph (gallons per hour) of the pump is the most important consideration.
- If possible, the pond surface should be at or near ground level to allow amphibians to access it, so I’d ditch the wooden surround as a first step, at least, and try & sink it deeper into the ground if the water surface is more than 6 inches above ground level.
- Often too many fish are swimming in the pond.
- There is no big man-made filtration system that keeps the water clean.
In addition, the type of pond you have will determine what power your pump will need. Your filtration system’s capacity also needs to meet your desired flow rate. As a result of this the water is becoming dirty and fish will get insufficient oxygen. The common advice is that a pond liner is artificial and a pond built with it will never reach a natural state where the water, plants, and animals live in harmony the way they do in a natural pond. If you have a koi pond, you know how much they eat and how much waste they can generate.
If you have 5000 litres of water your filter needs to be able to handle a flow of more than 5000 litres per hour for your water to turn over hourly. Pond pumps are designed to work in harsh outdoor conditions, so buy one which comes with at least a two-years guarantee. The two basic types of pond pumps are submersible and in-line. Although a water garden or pond without fish can subsist well with a pump that runs intermittently, a pond with fish requires a continuous-duty pump. The flow returning from your filter will be less than the flow entering the filter.
Do not use a small water feature pump. Submersible pumps are easier to install and maintain but do have the disadvantage of being non-repairable. That pump should be designed specifically to run continuously. Dynamic head pressure sounds technical and complicated but for the purposes of selecting a pond pump we don’t need to get too precise, and in if you have a small pond or don’t have a waterfall or stream, then you can ignore it. The wattage used by the pump is usually stated on its box.
In-line pumps can be repaired but installation is much more complicated since they require priming and need to be installed in a weather proof enclosure. Other kinds of pumps may burn out after a short period, such as a few months. If not, look for the amps used on the label attached to the body pump itself. Pumps that are not self-priming can burn out a motor if the power shuts off momentarily and then returns, so protect against this by installing a check valve. To determine the correct submersible pond pump for your water garden, you should determine your pond’s volume.
You can convert amps to watts by multiplying amps x volts. Do not generate high head heights, meaning it is unable to lift pond water vertically, which you might need to supply water to a fountain . It is recommended that you circulate your pond’s water once at least every 2 hours. For example, if your amp is .2 and your voltage is 220, then that is 44 watts. Hence, your pump should have a GPH (gallons per hour) rating of at least half of your pond size.
Submersible pumps will tend to have a shorter life than external pumps. Most of them will last for a little over a year because they are sitting in the middle of the pond and are absorbing dirt and pond filth all of the time. This eventually causes wear on the pond pump and causes it to have a shorter life than an external pond pump.
Maintaining a garden pump in UK
With countless products available for use in our water gardens, it can become a little overwhelming. It’s important to learn how to maintain your landscape pond no matter whether it’s large or small, in-ground or aboveground. Algae must have light, warm water temperatures and adequate nutrients to grow — climatic conditions that are met from about April to October in the Northeast. Start by preparing a holding tank in a shady spot for fish and deep water plants; use some pond water in the tank, unless it is particularly cloudy. Should we be adding a dozen chemicals to our ponds every week?
- In addition to plants, the materials from which a pond is constructed influence the maintenance requirements of a landscape pond.
- These factors also are harder to control as the surface area of water is reduced.
- Marginal (water’s edge) plants will survive out of the pond as long as they are kept moist and shaded.
- What should we be doing?
- Here are some basic elements of a landscape pond.
Luckily, all ponds contain bacteria that can break down ammonia, but the compounds ammonia breaks down into are nitrates — or more fertilizer to promote algae growth. Remove plants as the water levels drops, placing them in the holding tank. Well, to a great degree that is very specific to each individual pond. Spring is the season where the most crucial part of the upcoming pond season is prepared for. If installing a new garden pond, locate it in full sun away from any trees or other plants that will drop foliage into the water.
Take the opportunity to re-pot or divide plants if necessary. There is no right answer that will apply to every koi pond and water garden. As the water begins to warm it is now time to start removing leaf litter and debris accumulated over winter. Avoid adding chemical algae removers to your pond. To prevent the water getting too warm during the heat of summer, aim to cover at least a third of its surface with foliage from aquatic plants.
However, there are some basics that almost every pondkeeper should be doing to take care of their pond. Summer is the season to sit back and enjoy your pond and with the preparation of your pond done in spring there will be little maintenance to do apart from filter and pump cleaning as required. They can kill aquatic plants and wildlife in the pond. A combination of submerged oxygenating plants, floating water lilies and marginal plants around the edge will all help keep the water cool. Regular pond maintenance is good for the aquatic life.
Plants can continue to be fertilized in summer to encourage new growth. This will delay the creation of a balanced ecosystem and clear water in your pond. You can enjoy a wonderful ecosystem by just taking proper care of your structure and its aquatics. If you are raising koi or goldfish and growing aquatic plants, you can be sure to enjoy beautiful fish and stunning plants with proper care and maintenance of the your water feature.