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Water features usually take a lot of planning and, depending how large and complex they are, a fair degree of digging and assembly time. In fact, my husband and I have talked endlessly about creating a waterfall and pond and have yet to dig out more than a 20th of it.

So this morning when I received the latest posting of the Dirt du Jour blog, it turned out to be a great reminder of how wonderfully simple water features can be. This particular one Cindy McNatt describes as a “bird puddle” — nothing more than a pond liner laid in a depression in a gravel bed with a pump buried a foot below grade.

Bird puddle from dirtdujour.com

Bird puddle from dirtdujour.com

A few large steppingstones give small birds a place to perch, and the larger ones wade in from the “shore.” The birds love it, she writes.

5 Responses

  1. This is a beautiful, elegant and understated feature, you can find some of the products featured and similar products at Stone Creation.

  2. rose shipley says:

    That looks amazing! It puts my garden to shame at the moment, although I am trying! I have just bought a pond water feature and am struggling to even out it together. i never thought about doing something to include birds as that is my other passion, i'm hoping the pond will attract wildlife and birds. This garden is inspiring as even though the space is small the impact on the local wildlife will really make a difference.

  3. rose shipley says:

    That looks amazing! It puts my garden to shame at the moment, although I am trying! I have just bought a pond water feature and am struggling to even out it together. i never thought about doing something to include birds as that is my other passion, i'm hoping the pond will attract wildlife and birds. This garden is inspiring as even though the space is small the impact on the local wildlife will really make a difference.

  4. Noel says:

    My wife and I had two water features installed for the tranquil sound that they create. We have since been amazed at the amount of city wild life it has attracted. Such an unexpected bonus.

  5. Primrose says:

    What a beautiful feature – and good that the birds are being considered too! I find that one of the best bits of having a water feature is the wildlife they can attract.

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