In my little garden I have four little ponds, two in the front garden and two in the back. The pond in the back garden is a “proper” pond, circular, about 4 feet across and 3 feet deep and built by a real builder. In fact the pond was made in the garden before we actually moved into the house, which we did almost exactly 13 years ago.
The three other ponds are tiny. Two are in big green plant pots, about 15 inches across and about 18 inches deep, sunk into the earth to their rims, and the last is half of a wooden barrel, 3 feet across and about 15 inches deep. All of them are immensely attractive to wildlife. For instance, in the little barrel frogs spawn, newts appear on occasions, dragonflies lay eggs. And all this within 4 feet of my front door.
The little green pot pond that lies adjacent to the barrel has been completely colonised by this dwarf waterlily. The flower is 3 inches across and as lovely as any full sized bloom. Here it is, resting on the rim of the pot. It’s quite perfect.