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PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2015 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi gg.do much water flow from the 4in pipe. jack
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hard to say, Jack. Depends on the rain, as it is fed from the lean-to shed roof and also one half of the terrace. But in heavy rain there is a substantial flow. That's why I'm thinking maybe a reservoir and pump for filling a bowl which flows into a rill. I know I don't want the water just soaking into the bed.

Maybe there's a way a solar pump would provide circulation when there's no rain and when there is rain, the excess water would just flow into the soak away, via the bowl and rill.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it was me, I'd pipe the run off to a sump and put a small pump in there to circulate the water, not forgetting a small boggy area for any overflow. It doesn't have to be running all the time.

I have a friend who has a solar powered garden water feature. It is hopeless!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would have to be hopeless when you think about it, all you nordies talk about when the weather topic is brought up is the wind and the rain. Whereas down south, where it is definitely better, we talk about the sunshine and all the hours of daylight we get. QED.
It is better down south.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi gg this might be of use to you. jack. .http//.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty0acUVBzYE
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi GG, just a thought - where is this rill going to flow TO, ie through the garden or to a 'feature'? It might look a little weird ending in a full stop.

Could you post some more pics. from further down the garden and from the patio looking down the garden. You will want it to look good from there. I'm thinking something that invites you down for a closer look.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You would have to take the pump out in winter as the water would freeze in it
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not necessarily. The pump in my little pond sat happily in place through 2 freezing winters, no probs! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you stash your alcohol supplies in it to lower the freezing point?
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I was about to leap to your defence on another thread - glad I didn't now. Mind you the fruit vodkas are coming on a treat. Wink Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awww come on, switch threads, I need all the help I can get. Not well at the moment.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the video link, Jack, very useful examples. What I want will be on a smaller scale, but I get the general,idea. I do want to avoid too much digging because the ground around there is very rocky, if I remember aright. I do have excess slate from the building of the Lewisia wall with which to make a construction for the 'well' part. This could hide a reservoir, too. Of course, above ground would be subject to freezing - would that be a problem, break a reservoir?

Sue, depending on the weather tomorrow I'll take more photos as you suggest. At present, I don't see the whole water thing extending beyond the Libertia and irises visible in my post of last Wednesday. As for the end of the rill, Moorish gardens incorporate rills for irrigation and these often just disappear into a slot in a wall, or some such. It's time I got sketching some concepts - I may end up making basins for this from ceramic, if I go with one of my ideas.

Anyway, I'd be delighted to hear other people's suggestions, so feel free to comment, anyone.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GG here are a couple of pictures of an above-ground pond we put in for my friend in Belleek. The liner I used is a water tank from a builders yard. It was cleverly disguised by the same guys who built the wall behind it. OH put a small overflow pipe in that runs just under the terrace into a nearby drain. I really think there would have to be one humdinger of a winter for it to be affected by ice.

My own, more modest one, has come through 14 winters with no problems.



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi sue.lovely job. jack
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi sue ,what kind of pump did you use on the lions head project. .jack
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