Monday, April 14, 2008

Building the Pond and some Garden Photos

So... my brother is officially forgiven for any annoying thing he did to me in childhood...thank you thank you thank you Adam!

He phoned me last week to tell me he'd bring a few rocks over to my house to help me edge my pond. I don't know what I was envisioning, five or six nicely shaped rocks maybe?

Instead he shows up with an ENORMOUS amount of gorgeous river-bed slate that he somehow hiked out of the bush in his trusty rock-collectin' backpack. The amount of brutally- heavy manual labour involved in this favour for his sister staggers me. I am so pleased.

The pond is looking great. It still needs new water-plants and some plantings above and around it, but the rocks are fabulous and the new pump is burbling merrily away.

Me, I haven't written here lately because I've literally been outside gardening any moment I can. Dusk has been falling around seven-thirty lately, but it's still just light enough to wield a pruning saw (carefully) until almost an hour after that.

Things are looking healthy out there, which is good because there are only about three weeks until the garden tour. I found out today that there will be only six gardens on this tour, so no pressure to make this one count, eh? :)
I've been masochistically keeping track of the hours weeding/ digging/compost-spreading, etc. and I've logged over seventy this season. I'm so sorry if I've been neglecting to visit your blogs. I still love you all. Okay, I have to go garden some more now. :)
So I'll just post a few more photos from my project....
My little violets are everywhere..they have a faint and delicious scent, especially if your nose is about two inches above them.

My "Wanda" primroses peeking out from a rhodie bush. One of my favourite parts of getting ready for this tour is finding out the names of some of my plants. I discovered I have one sassy flower called "Brazen Hussy" . I can't help but admire her more now somehow, plastic-looking petals and all.

Pretty blue pulmonaria--- really its other name, Lungwort, doesn't suit it at all. You'd think it would look more pink and squishy somehow...

A shady corner by my garden bench. Things will look more colourful here in a couple weeks, but I kind of enjoy the quietly green look it has now.
And, finally, a pottery fish hanging out by my pond with some anenomes.






18 comments:

グラント said...

Flora - ick. It ain't natural. I love the city.

Tai said...

So.Utterly.Gorgeous!

The pond looks so beautiful with it's river rock.

Spider Girl said...

Actually, Grant is right.....sorta.

The flora in my garden is NOT natural. If I didn't struggle to make it live, the dandelions would rise up and conquer.

kimber the wolfgrrrl said...

So... staggeringly...lovely! That pond of your's has been transformed into a thing of beauty!

Gnightgirl said...

Ohh, I love springtime at your house!

Ms.L said...

Ooooh that pond..that garden!
It's all so beautiful.

Pol* said...

I missed you! I can just imagine your cracked and dirty gardening hands plunking away on this post... 70 hours! sheesh!

Duncan McMurdo said...

It looks gorgeous! I'll be a little premature and say it's a job well done.

I can't believe I never knew you had a pond! Kudos to your brother for the massive hunting-gathering-packing rocks job.

Sugar said...

It all looks beautiful now and will be even more gorgeous in the next few weeks. Good job, I admire your passion.

Get Off My Lawn! said...

Wow, I have an idea how much work that takes and am very impressed. Good job. Ever thought of working as a gardener?

BostonPobble said...

Your garden has to be one of the single most magnificent places on the planet. Thank you, as always, for sharing it.

Hageltoast said...

your garden is lovely and i am sooo jealous of that pond.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Nice brother you have.

I rather wish that my little sister would come by my house with some of that scar healing cream that could be applied to my arms and leg where, through my attempts to rescue her from some of her childhood misadventures, I ended up bleeding.

Jocelyn said...

You have just driven home to me what different places we inhabit. We had two inches of a few daffodils popping up the other day, but the deer came this morning and ate them all.

But the pond? I covet that pond. Your brother HIKED the stones out?

Ian Lidster said...

You'll get such joy from your pond. I do from mine. And lucky you getting that fabulous river rock.

Cedar said...

Your yard is beautiful. I can't even get myself to mow the grass.

H.E.Eigler said...

Oh, it's lovely. Wish I could tour it myself :)

kimber the wolfgrrrl said...

More flower pictures! Please!

(or, I guess I could drive by your house on my way home from work, and see them in all their real-life glory?)