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Advice on constructing a small water feature

I have a smallish courtyard garden in a Scottish city centre which needs the sound of water to complete it. No room for a wildlife pond, sadly, but the rockery 4m2 between two walls would support a gentle dribble of water from top to a reserve tank at the base if I knew how to construct it. Power needs to be solar-sourced. I'm looking for advice on the best way to construct the dribbling rill without disturbing the rockery more than is absolutely necessary.

Comments (4)

  1. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    I few years ago I bought one of those cheap solar-powered cascades that has a bowl at the bottom and a series of three bowls in a metal frame.. I imagine you could easily adapt something like that? The tiny pump can move a surprising amount of water, especially if you only want a trickle.

    You'd need to make a "course" for the water, so you don't lose it all as watering, among the rockery, and that might take a bit of ingenuity, but it would be quite fun. You could either use the bowls that the cascade came with, and sink them in amongst the rockery, or you'd have to use pond-liner to form the bottom of the "course" and hide it with rocks.

    Sounds like a fun project!

  2. Grower

    Angie's Garden

    I've recently installed a wildlife pond and found watching various videos on you tube most helpful. Have you had a look on there for ideas on how to construct it?

    In a previous garden I had a small (mains powered) preformed fountain, paired with a small bamboo wind chime that gave a nice calming sound effect in the small garden we had. If you are on a budget that might be the way to go and prove more cost effective doubled with the least amount of disturbance to your rockery and plants. You can buy preformed waterfall cascades in stone effect like those shown here, which could be an option.
    Apologies for having no real tips on how to tackle the actual job you want to do but thought I'd offer up my tuppence worth. :)

  3. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Hi Angie, that's an expression I haven't heard in a while - although I've always seen it as "my two penn'orth" !

  4. Grower

    Angie's Garden

    Possibly a regional variation Rachel. Although I can read your two penn'orth, pronouncing it just doesn't sound right in my Scots tongue, where as I can easily say it (in my head) with a southern accent. Two in a broad Scots accent would be twa ( rhmying with draw) so I assume, tuppence is a shortened version of twapence. Either way, It's all french to me! lol!

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