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January 16, 2010
Following the building of the dams across the upper creek, I set my mind to "beautifying" the area around the metal utility building. I began a rock garden on a slope bordering the drive up to the building. It was a satisfying way to spend my time for about 2 years, but I lost control of the area because I simply couldn't spend enough time on it to keep it in check. I have since moved many of the plants to different areas, and more attention went toward hardscaping in anticipation of our permanent move to the land. Once we actually settle here, I'll have the time it takes to maintain a flower garden.
About 5 years ago, my husband and I decided to dig out a swampy, trashy area and build a small pond in its place. What a dramatic improvement to the land that decision was! This past summer we reshaped one end of the pond, thus enlarging it a bit. It measures roughly 3/4 acre. We also built a gazebo overlooking the pond. The gazebo is flanked on 3 sides by weeping willow trees. I've planted canna lilies on either side of the edge that sits out over the pond. This summer I plan on planting knock-out roses along the back edge.
In addition to canna lilies, arrowhead is growing along the pond edge in a few places. I want to add some ornamental grasses here and there, along with come cardinal flower and blue lobelia. I planted 3 different water lilies this past summer, only to have them disappear a week later!!! Turns out, ducks find waterlilies a real treat, and we have a pair of mallard ducks who have adopted our pond the past two years in a row for family-rearing. I enjoy the ducks, so I guess I have to forgo the lilies.
the dams in winter ( photo / image / picture from arleene's Garden )
waterlily - BEFORE the ducks ( photo / image / picture from arleene's Garden )
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Arlene, this sounds so beautiful. I feel like I can see what you are explaining. Do you have pictures you could share with us? Sounds like a little bit of heaven.
Thank you, kuntrygal. I do have photos, but I've experienced some difficulty getting them uploaded. I'm working with photobucket now and once I conquer that I'll try another upload.