We've been going round and round about a fish pond and couldn't agree on what to do. Our yard is full of trees and even now I am clearing the leaves off the patio to have some semblance of control. So putting in a pond seemed like a lot more work than I wanted to do. But still....a small scale fish pond was possible and I made up my mind to make one. This plastic one is temporary, but I wanted to get the pond plants before they died at Lowe's. Turns out they were thriving in their plastic containers and I got two lilies, one white, one pink and a mini cat tail plant. While I was there I snagged two cannas for 3 dollars each, and they like to live in the water, so we might just put them in when we get the real pond.
It holds 35 gallons and and is about 32" across at the top and 13.5"deep. That plastic tub hold only 20 gallons so it will be a good deal bigger.
Here's a view of the six goldfish and the two water lilies and then the start of the mini cat tails. I am so excited to have figured out this plan.
This is the sorta thing I had in mind.
At Lowe's I was able to find my desired dark purple Chevalier clematis, for only $5. Now is the time to shop for plants. It is too wet and hot to plant, for most people, but for bargain hunters like me, it is perfect.