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Ponds and Water Lilies

Have you ever wanted to add a pond to your garden? Bridget Ludwig and her husband built their own oasis and have shared photos with us. 

"My husband and I visited Longwood garden in Pennsylvania for many years and took a few classes there about building a pond and about water lilies. I got inspired and started creating the shape and flower choices and read many books on "how to". My husband and I built the pond three years ago and now the flowers have flourished. We have 5 pink and white lotus which can get six foot tall. There are many flowering pond plants which sit on a ledge inside the pond. We created a walkway and surrounded both sides with cannas and roses. There is also a beautiful arbor with a bench so we can talk and feed the fish."

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  1. user-4691082 08/12/2015

    Hi Bridget! Isn't Longwood gardens the best? You have implemented your training perfectly. I imagine you spend lots of time on that bench, admiring your and your hubby's handiwork! Well done and thanks for sharing!

    1. user-7007769 08/15/2015

      What a compliment! Thanks! Longwood is the best for plant education! We've been to some dinners there. It's a dinner party in their water lily room.with the sun setting and candles burning it's truly magical!

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    meander_michaele 08/12/2015

    Yowza on those magnificent lotus flowers...standing so tall and the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace...definitely not to be ignored! At this point, are your water lilies and lotus in pots at the bottom of your pond? You must be doing a great job fertilizing them and keeping them happy. Congrats on turning your vision into reality.

    1. user-7007769 08/15/2015

      Hi! Yes everything except tropical plants are on bottom. The first 2 years they sat on milkcrates we fertilize every week and deadhead and spray for bugs as well. My husband gets in for 3 hours a week.

  3. Quiltingmamma 08/12/2015

    What a beautiful oasis you have created and how mature it looks after 3 years. Really stunning specimens. I also love the blue and orange glass lamps in the last photo. Now, how many GPOD readers can fit on that bench? I expect most of us would like to come and sit a spell...

    1. user-7007769 08/15/2015

      Come on over and we'll start a party! I love to share my garden with people the more the merrier! Thanks for being so kind!

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    gringopeligroso 08/12/2015

    Ohhh mannnnnn!!! As we flirt with triple digits and intense sunrays, this posting comes as SUCH a welcome visual (and actual!!) sigh of relief!! Lilies!! Lotus!!! Still, cool waters!!! "sigh!!!" Nice investment of time and energy! (Wish I had taken that portrait of the flowers and buds!! Nice photo!!)

    1. user-7007769 08/15/2015

      Thanks so much! This Facebook thing is all new to me!do you believe these pictures got over 14,000 likes? It's craY! I have a great camera with micro lens so I get some great shots?you make me feel special?

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        gringopeligroso 08/16/2015

        My dear!!
        A young friend of mine just upgraded her camera to a much nicer model.
        But, I will tell you the same thing I told her:
        The Equiptment is only Half of the Equation to good photos.
        The OTHER and more important Half is the artist's eye and imagination BEHIND the lens!
        With 14,000 hits (likes) you should be proud and know you are on the right track!!! Congratulations!!
        I Hope you keep shooting and sharing!!!!

        1. user-7007769 08/16/2015

          You are soooo kind! I appreciate that! I sure will! I've got tons of pictures, it's so much fun to shot something you created and see the finished product! Do you garden? I guess I could send more pictures to the magazine but I don't want them to get sick of me! Keep in touch!

  5. annek 08/12/2015

    Wow, the pops of color and beauty of the curved beds are perfect. It was a grand idea that came together wonderfully

    1. user-7007769 08/15/2015

      Thanks! I had so much fun designing it! I have a design and architect background so I wanted to let loose but still have some structure. The other side of pond is heart shaped with a Japanese maple in the middle. I love it! I've got ton more pics but don't know if I should go thru fine gardening or Facebook page I've got more pics on there now

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 08/12/2015

    This is so inspiring, Bridget. A beautiful pond and I love the lotus. Your waterlilies are stunning and so healthy. Do they all stay in the pond over the winter? Like Michaele, I wonder if your lotus are containerized within the pond to keep them under control. I added a lotus tub to my garden this spring. I don't have room for a pond (or do I?!). I ordered some beautiful lotus starts and killed them. :( Try, try again next year. Thanks for the inspiration. Really, it looks awesome!

    1. eddireid 08/12/2015

      You killed them? I so wanted to gaze at their beauty. Darn!

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        Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 08/12/2015

        Sadly. Don't know what I did. I'll try again next year!

        1. eddireid 08/12/2015

          Do you think maybe moving them was not a good idea?
          Yes, you should try again, most definitely.
          I hate when plants die.

    2. user-7007769 08/15/2015

      Hi Tim! Thanks for the kind words!the water lilies get cut back and placed on the bottom of pond. They are kept in black plastic containers we get at Maryland aquatics nursery. The pond is 30" deep. That is for Maryland. Every zone is different.we fertilize the lilies every week to keep them healthy.the lotus are put in the same plastic containers as lilies. When you plant a lotus you have to cut the root a certain way and lay it so it grows in a circle! It must be that way. You can research how to do it in google.i don't know why your lotus died unless the root direction was wrong. You didn't have enough sun. Didn't fertilize . Good luck!

  7. GrannyMay 08/12/2015

    Bridget, your pond, plants, fountains, lighting and other ornamental touches are over-the-top amazing! There is so much to look at and enjoy from every aspect, you really want to expand the photos and study them in detail. How large is the pond and what is its shape? Is it bi-level? Love the mushroom and frog fountain. More photos please!

    1. user-7007769 08/15/2015

      Hi! Love all these lovely comments! The pond is around 18 feet by 30 feel. It has a heart shape on one side. It has a shelf running along the back and side of pond for the tropical flowers. I have tons more photos! I'm completely new to Facebook. Should I go thru fine gardening or put them on my page. There are 25 photos on my page you can see now!

      1. GrannyMay 08/15/2015

        Bridget you can reply and add photos here by clicking on the box at the bottom left of each reply box.

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  8. NCYarden 08/12/2015

    Wow, I'm not sure to continue with my pond efforts or just give up and realize this one here is it! No, I am more inspired than ever to trudge forward. This is really amazing and has given me some great ideas. Those lotus are crazy cool. And the surrounding of various color pops makes for a very pleasant view. Thanks for sharing.

    1. user-7007769 08/15/2015

      Don't give up I know it's a lot of work so you have to be committed but once you get it on track it's just 4to6 hours a week plus most ponds aren't this big. Also I did tons of surrounding flowers and a walkway and a patio area ( whew!) . To wake up to something like this is amazing everyday is pretty amazing! Thanks so much!

  9. GrannyCC 08/12/2015

    What an inspiration Bridget. Due to water restraints from a drought my pond is looking sad. I was thinking of filling it in but you have inspired me, The plants in the pond and out are gorgeous. I love your design. It must be wonderful to sit there and feed your fish. Any problem with predators? One year we had a blue heron devour some goldfish that were 6 inches long that we had for years. love to see more of your garden.

    1. user-7007769 08/15/2015

      Hey Granny ! A blue heron got half of my large fish? but I still have 100 or so of babies so I'm hoping they stick around for a while! I've got tons more pic's of pond and my other 6 gardens. The mag will probably get sick of me?

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    LindaonWhidbey 08/12/2015

    Beautifully done. I can just imagine all of the birds that are drawn to it.

    1. user-7007769 08/15/2015

      You wouldn't believe it! I had to get binoculars and a bird book!

  11. BoxwoodBarbara 08/12/2015

    The view across the pond to the arbor and amazing bench is wonderfully inviting. Is the large-leafed plant darmera peltata? One of my favorites for large ponds. Thank you for letting us visit your dreamscape, Bridget.

    1. user-7007769 08/15/2015

      Thanks Barbara! The large leaf plant should either be a lotus ( don't know the technical term ) or a elephant ear.

  12. wGardens 08/12/2015

    A superb job! Wonderfully captivating. The lily pads are gorgeous! Love the mushroom/frog sculpture, also.

    1. user-7007769 08/15/2015

      I love my fountains! The mushroom one looked to serious so I got a metal frog to put in the front for some whimsy?thanks for your nice words!

  13. sheila_schultz 08/12/2015

    Bridget, every single design detail of your pond and it's surroundings is wonderful. The colors, the plantings, the lights... Heck, just everything is so pleasing to the eye, you and your husband must be thrilled!

    1. user-7007769 08/15/2015

      Thanks! It's my passion! I'm a artist so I create thru my gardens!

  14. eddireid 08/12/2015

    Hi Bridget! Your pond and garden were worth the hours of study and toil, for it is truly lovely. The bench and arbor are a magnet for anyone to relax and drink it all in.
    Beautiful photographs for us all to dream over. I'm not going to build a pond like this because almost none of it would survive the many predators , not to mention the weather, but I can dream!
    Thank you for sharing.

    1. user-7007769 08/15/2015

      Thanks for the compliments! Photography is a hobby of mine so I always am taking photos of pond and the other 6 gardens in my yard. I guess you can see I'm into gardening pretty bad! My husband loves working together and it gives us something to talk about!

      1. eddireid 08/15/2015

        When you can work together planning and building, everything is more wonderful.

        1. user-7007769 08/15/2015

          You got that right!

  15. susanwsusan 08/12/2015

    It is just the prettiest pond I've ever seen!

    1. user-7007769 08/15/2015

      How kind of you! I've got more garden pics on my home page you can check out!

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  17. gp1910 08/13/2015

    Beautiful, I'd love to make a pond in my backyard. I've got 4 grandchildren, the oldest being 4, and two more on the way. How safe is a pond, or rather how safe can one make a pond without putting an ugly fence around it?

    1. user-7007769 08/15/2015

      Hi! Some states require a fence for even a 24inch high pond so check your area we have a little dog that runs around the pond all the time so I keep a big net by the pond! ( lol )

  18. user-7007769 08/15/2015

    Wow! Thanks for the kind words! It makes all the effort worth while when it makes people smile!

  19. thegardeninguniverse 07/28/2016

    learn how to make the perfect pond HERE -

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