Serene Pond Gardens & Funky Outdoor Living |Jeannie & Steven |Central Texas Gardener

Serene Pond Gardens & Funky Outdoor Living |Jeannie & Steven |Central Texas Gardener

– [Voiceover] You can’t take in this pond
garden at just a glance. Every path invites sublime or whimsical interaction. Of course, you’re welcome to just settle back
and let ripples of contentment work their spell. – I bought this property in 1991. The kids and I, we came in and there was a
pool and so I wanted a house with a pool. It had nothing in the yard, front or back. It’s a full acre, but I just saw a vision
when I walked in. We built a pond about a year after we bought
the place and I started putting in plants and it just grew from there. And then four years ago, Steven and I talked
about, “Let’s build a bigger pond.” We started digging. Not we, I’m sorry, Steven. And we hired a couple of guys and it took
’em two weekends. – Three weekends. – By wheelbarrows. We couldn’t bring in a backhoe because of
the septic tank and then we did it all ourselves. It’s three tiers. We have a real large hole in the middle because
we knew we wanted koi and they want the deeper water. Then there was some big boulders in there
and that’s why it’s not perfectly round, but I like that because we wanted it to look natural. And we have a shallow end so the dogs can
drink, too. We built this pond right before our first
grandson was born, Trent, and he’s now five. And we have a younger one, Cullen, he’s three. And they’re thrilled to come over. They love to lay on the side and feed the
fish. They love water, they love to swim, so they
love to get in the pond with their papa and the fish come up. And they get to touch the fish and, it’s just
really, it’s cool. It’s not dirty, mucky water, it’s really clean. We have a really good filtration system and
keeps the water moving to get the oak leaves out, and the acorns, and things like that. We have lived and learned and keep the bottom
clean. And we have all the plants in the bog. That’s where our filtration is. Those roots are incredible filters. – [Voiceover] Since koi are diggers when they
spawn, Jeannie and Steven protect containerized plants. – [Jeannie] When we re-pot ’em, we actually
put bricks or large rocks in ’em to deter the fish for not digging in there. And there again, we don’t put a lot of plants
in our koi pond because they’re such diggers. And a true koi pond doesn’t even have plants,
just fish, but I love plants. – [Voiceover] Amble along the path for a surround-sound
experience from every angle. Or, circle around and pick the observation
post of your choice. Garden art and ponding unite in an old cowboy
bathtub they unearthed in Fredericksburg. – So we brought it home and used it as an
ice chest for a couple years if we had parties. It was sitting here on the deck and I thought,
“No, I want to put plants in it.” So he sealed it and now we keep water in it
and plants that anybody comes over and needs a plant, I’ll be happy to friend a plant to
them. And we keep mosquitofish in ’em so we don’t
have to worry about mosquitoes. But I have several galvanized tins that I’ll
set out, put some dirt, or not dirt, and it’s real good for on top of a deck, or on a back
porch, or under a tree. You can just do small ponds. You don’t have to have a big pond to have
beautiful plants and to have a few fish, you could put a few goldfish. And you don’t have to have electricity to
a bubbler. You can actually just put a little solar bubbler
in it. Five or six years ago, I couldn’t get anything
to grow here. Too many oak trees. I said, “Let’s put a deck.” So my son Cory and Steven, they mapped it
out. – [Voiceover] They skirted it with raised
beds framed in ashe juniper slats from Steven’s prunings. – [Jeannie] I don’t like the decks that have
latticework. I said, “Well, let’s just do a raised bed.” “Okay.” And I like to put edibles out here like kale,
and lettuce, and stuff so I can come right out of the house and grab it. – [Voiceover] A forest-like living wall of
perennials and small trees encircles the diverse living rooms. They transition the two spaces with a path
framed by rummaged old bed frames on one side and Steven’s cedar prunings on the other. He also crafted a mini pergola to support
shading vines. – It’s her design, it’s my back. Yeah, we got the wood off the land. There’s very few screws or nails in it. I primarily tried to use copper wire just
for the not wanting to break the wood and also I think copper patinas. The green is just beautiful. – [Voiceover] They bridge the two gardens
with a small professionally designed pond. – [Jeannie] In our small pond, our bog is
really mint and you can just take it off and use it for whatever. We have grasses, so that water is crystal
clear all the time because of the filtration, it goes through all the plants. – [Voiceover] Like the large pond, it attracts
birds and all kinds of wildlife to drink, bask, and nestle among its stones. The pool’s for the family, including grandkids. Even in the water or at poolside, there’s
a lot of sensory stimulation from plants to art. – [Jeannie] I have several bottle trees and
I have a bunch of green bottles from Buddha Beer and then all my blue wine bottles. I enjoy that, just to give color, like the
flamingos. I like spots of color everywhere. When things aren’t blooming, I still want
color. – [Voiceover] In this playful spot, Margaritaville
serves up cheer regardless of the weather. – [Margaritaville] I love Mexico and we’ve
traveled there several times, so I thought, “I want it to look like Mexico.” So that’s why we named it Margaritaville,
and we did the bright Mexican colors, and I’ve made a bench out of our footboard and
out of my parents’ old granite bar. I’d like to refurbish things, so when I see
something like my footboard, “What can I do with that? “Oh, let’s make a bench. “Steven, I need a bench made.” So, I like to make things out of old stuff. – [Voiceover] Artist and good friend, Vivian
Stewart, painted the door with birds that Steven’s noted in their trees and at the ponds. Throughout the gardens, a memory’s attached
to every ornament. They’re masters at turning fun old finds into
yard art. – [Jeannie] I found those green doors and
screens at an old antique store somewhere and paid a little bit of nothing, but I thought,
“I want to hang something around the shed.” – [Voiceover] Nursery plant containers went
back into service as a trunk of sedums. – [Jeannie] We have ’em placed so I water
the top and they drip down. – [Voiceover] As members of the Austin Pond
Society, they recycle plants, too, dividing them to get friends started. They’ve also honed their skills, rescue gear,
and holding tanks for moving fish to new homes. – The Pond Society, we got calls all the time,
“My fish are too big. “My husband passed away. “I don’t want my pond anymore. “What can I do?” So, I talked it over with Steven, and so here
we go. These are the largest fish we’ve ever transferred. So today when we take them out of there, hopefully
we won’t have a jumper. It could be exciting. We’ve never done this. And the gentleman that we took them from,
I said, “They’re going to be on TV.” I said, “Hopefully they’ll be on TV,” ’cause
his wife was crying. But he said, “I take care of ’em “and I can’t
take care of them anymore.” And so, I know.

44 thoughts on “Serene Pond Gardens & Funky Outdoor Living |Jeannie & Steven |Central Texas Gardener

  1. what an amazing home, one of the most appealing i've seen (and i've been watching a lot of garden and home youtube vids of late, A LOT). going forward i hope to become involved in developing sustainability and skills development for independence and THIS IS WHAT I WANT MY PEOPLE IN SOUTH AFRICA to be enabled to do for themselves wherever they may live. Living conditions in South Africa are dire for most and without recreational areas at all in many many vast townships, no nature, no life and this is no good!

  2. This is up there with the very best from USA! I am addicted to Ponds and waterfalls too but am a bit older than the two of You! Lovely hobby but my filtration is much smaller. Nice time at your place. One could stay and not want to go back to Australia. Your Koi and waterworks are perfect but so is everything else that got collected and found HOME! Richard

  3. Omg!! what a fabulous home!!I I love the aquatic plants,and the plants in your yard.The fish you care for are lucky to reside there, your yard is paradise!!
    Thank you for sharing😊👍

  4. Wow…. I'm impressed that's my dream yard before I get old. Love plants 😍😍😍 and recycle stuff.

  5. You should NEVER use copper pipes for water that's going to ponds with fish or turtle's in it.
    You can read all about the reason's why it poses a hazard!
    We use PVC pipes & food grade hoses for the garden & to run overhead water sprayers, to oxygenate the large natural pond's when the weather is warm & or hot.
    We have a large pipe operated by a gate valve, to pump water from our well into one pond that then overflows onto a brook with rock's that then flows into our giant pond.
    NEVER wear regular sunscreen because it's TOXIC to aquatic creature's like fish, coral & turtle's!
    Buy NON CHEMICAL, NATURAL sunscreen that states it's safe for wearing around animal's, lake's, pond's, river's & in the ocean.
    When shopping for pond dyes to aid in curbing the sun's penetration (into the pond, thus helping to prevent a toxic algae blooms) you MUST read the labels & choose a natural pond dye that state's it's "SAFE FOR ALL ANIMAL'S & AQUATIC SPECIES!"
    If you have on deodorant, mosquito repellent, regular sunscreen etc., you are introducing all of those chemicals & bacteria's into the ecosystem in that pond if you enter that pond!
    Many lives come to depend on pond's for drinking & bathing in.
    You must spend time, money, electricity & effort to keep the water quality healthy.
    Building a pond so your pet's have easy access can be dangerous.
    Many pet's die from going into pond's, lake's & river's that have a sudden bloom of bacteria from hot weather & conditions in the water.
    This is tiny & not much to care for. But the smaller a pond, the faster a problem can occur.
    This couple somewhat refers to learning about filtration & oxygenation the hard way.
    So I suspect they've experienced some ups & downs.
    We use pond dyes that are natural, safe for all aquatics & animal's, that also have added probiotic good bacteria added to it.
    These bacteria digest waste from the fish, waterfowl & turtle's plus leaf matter & branches that sink to the bottom.
    I skim what I can from our boat's & kayaks, but plenty sink as we have huge tree's & shrubs planted for shading & habitat protection.
    Much is left for hiding area's for fish & turtle's.
    Pond care is a science. Learn all you can before embarking on digging a pond.
    In many area's you need a permit. Some people have been fined thousands of dollar's & forced to fill in their ponds.
    Dream big, make it happen but do your research! Many plants range from mechanically injurious to toxic then deadly! Be careful what you plant & where you plant them.
    You don't want toxic & desdly leaves or branches blowing into your ponds or pet's area. 🙏💚🍀🐢🌊🐸🦎🐟🦞💖🤗

  6. Love everything! We live in Central Florida. Our pond is much smaller but I have to keep 4 umbrellas over it because I saw a hawk checking my fish out! We have hawks, owls, and other critters around. How do you keep your fish safe?

  7. isn't it amazing what people can do when they want to ? they've literally created a paradise here and I bet those fish are thriving as well.

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