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Thank you @GBBUDD , I was hoping you'd respond.....you're the master at making things look natural !!

Our weather is up and dow, temperature wise....so we alternate between indoor projects and the bog. I have a ton of moss growing under our water fall. I will have to look at how I could place it in and around the liner as the water returns to the bog.

You've given me good things to think about. We have lots of great rocks, some drift wood and moss.....so I'm hoping these things will help.

I looked at William Trickers site and wanted to order an aquatic cardinal plant and an aquatic forget me not and 3 taro bulbs. The shipping seemed high at a little over $15, but perhaps that's typical. I haven't ordered anything yet.
 
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Great ideas concerning hiding the liner! I love moss and laying a felt like fabric for moss to attach to is a great idea!
Our marsh Marigold plants are coming alive here in northeastern PA. They are our favorites. They grow larger and look better every year and are very winter hardy here in zone 6. We can see our iris rising out of the water too. The pond is finally starting to show a spark of life!
I want to get out and start the bog build, but with all the virus restrictions, I don't think I'll be able to get the materials I'll need for a while. I'll reluctantly have to start up the pressure filters until restrictions are lifted and I feel safe enough to go out.
Stay healthy all...
 
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shipping costs seem to have gone through the roof lately. i think part of it is to slow people from buying things and having a box shipped from a hot zone. like addy said she leaves packages outside for a few days. cant do that with plants but could always spray bleach onto the box it kills the virus in a minute.
Thanks for the compliment it's all trial and error. Moss that's growing next to the water fall probably will die without lots of water a spayed constantly. look around when you see moss at the edge of a tree line in the sun will probably fair better.
 
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I have transferred moss from all over our yard onto rocks around the pond. Just peel it off, stick it on and wet it. It works real good on the waterfall rocks.
 
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One other thing I thought of is cork in sheet form that could look very cool and could provide milks and crannies for plants moss mushroom to grow. that's something I'm going for this year try and get mushrooms growing. there are soooooooo many sizes shapes and colors but they usually dont last long.
 
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Careful what you ask for... open the link with your photos below i added type to a couple of the photos

These pictures show more rock work. We haven't cut any liner yet and have quite a bit of it. There is also a picture of the red stemmed parrots feather from @addy1 that grew steadily over the winter under the pond cover. All I did before winter is tuck some into a small mesh bag and tie it to a pipe, leaving it floating in the pond.

Hubby is also building an extension to the structure that hides our hideous sand & gravel filter. We'd hoped to move and replumb it, but found a tree stump in the area we wanted to move it to.....so this is our cosmetic solution....painting will commence once warmer.

Also, the "Fab Four" are happily swimming around the pond looking so beautiful...and approaching 16 years in the pond ! I gave them a light feeding last night and felt my blood pressure drop....so calming.View attachment 127055The first pic here i can see the rubber in the back dig out an area under creating a pocket let the rubber down and back up the other side throow a plant in there and no more liner in a year add a little stone some of this size some of that size in nature rarely do you ever see just one size of river rocks theres always the odd ball . that goes for the bog as well put a drift wood or boulder a few base ball sized rocks in the bog the water and plants will grow right around them and in time you'll never know they were there. You'll want to paint the pvc pipe the sun will make it very brittle in short time in Arizona etc it actually will look burned . "Nice rock work " food for thought i love the character the rocks have the one on the left has a perfect indent like it was crying to be the corner piece . View attachment 127056
If you have enough rubber can it be secured to the GREEN wall and fill with soil or river rock ? some creeping jenny running over the edge running into the pond.View attachment 127057
View attachment 127058In the upper pic it looks like your water is running under the rock ? if you can let a little leach out to the left where that rubber is not alot just a little to keep t moist and some moss thats doing well around your falls or a stream i'm finding out the bright green moss does well sitting in such a place even in full sun so long as it has plenty of water . Brian from aquascapes has done things like a small pipe to let water get past damns nice trick . oh and if you don't know about it the waterfall foam can direct water where you want it to go and not go. I have it in the bottom of the log with the latest video i just posted it's already turning from gray to yellowy green . i alowed some water just a tad to get past and drip out the end of the log in the evening when the sun sets it's like it's dripping diamonds from the light. View attachment 127059View attachment 127060
 
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Your bog project turned out great!
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I was reading back on this post admiring your home. cant believe you have to newfies my bud had a great big boy who desided the ostrich leather on his harley seat looked like a chew toy. We left him to his situation. I think newfies are where the saying big love bug came from .
 
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I was reading back on this post admiring your home. cant believe you have to newfies my bud had a great big boy who desided the ostrich leather on his harley seat looked like a chew toy. We left him to his situation. I think newfies are where the saying big love bug came from .
Oh I love my newfies.....they are like potato chips...nobody every has just one ! :) I'll look for and post some more recent pics of our two!
 
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I just saw an old photo of your pond when you first started the sand filter. it looked amazing When the summer comes you have got to take a pic showing the WHOLEEEEE TING
 
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Is it normal to have this much algae ? Should I order more plants and if so, what is recommended.

Or.....do I have to practice patience ?! LOL Pond water is crystal clear, back washed S & G filter today and actually not that dirty.
 

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Is it normal to have this much algae ?
Even now, while my plants in the bog get going, I get algae on the pea gravel. Sun & water & higher temps = algae. Once the plants take off the algae is gone. I don't worry about it.
 
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Even now, while my plants in the bog get going, I get algae on the pea gravel. Sun & water & higher temps = algae. Once the plants take off the algae is gone. I don't worry about it.
Do you think I have enough plants or should I get some more? The red stemmed parrots feather is doing well in the pond. My water lilies are just starting to sprout, so it's possible I just need to be patient!
 

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I started with just a few, I let them do what they wanted over time, some I planted poofed away others have grown well. The good growers are what has survived.

If you get more, be aware of height of the plants, how they grow, like taking over. I have some that get tall, 4ish feet, they can overwhelm the shorties, so I try to keep them at one end of the bog. Notice the word try.
I have water mint it can take over, but the bees love it. At times I just yank a bunch of it. Once it is blooming it gets to survive to feed the bees.
 
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Tula the faster the plant grows ie elephant ear, Umbrella plant, LOTUS the bigger the plant gets the faster it grows the more it strips the nutrients that the algae needs to grow . would i add more plants? yes The bacteria that will be growing in the gravel will take care of the ammonia nitrites nitrates phosphates. In order for the bog to out compete algae it takes a well established bog so plant it up fill it as much as you can if you chose plants that are ok for your zone next year you'll be ripping them out by the hand fulls.
 
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OK, I'm going to order some new plants :) I have water celery in the pond, but that stuff is too fast growing, so I don't want to put it in the bog.

I'd like some larger plants toward the back of the pond. If I do elephant ears I think I'd set their pots in the gravel, as I'm afraid their root system could take over my tiny bog.

Excited to pick out some new plants :)
 
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OK, I'm going to order some new plants :) I have water celery in the pond, but that stuff is too fast growing, so I don't want to put it in the bog.

I'd like some larger plants toward the back of the pond. If I do elephant ears I think I'd set their pots in the gravel, as I'm afraid their root system could take over my tiny bog.

Excited to pick out some new plants :)
Yea it seems the faster they grow the also more aggressive the root system is as well the umbrella palm grew fast and had lots of roots but not roots there were dangerous to the liner etc.
 
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I had elephant ears, grew great, easy to control. The roots did not go down that deep.
 

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