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Lock down!

I know I’ve gone on and on about the ‘Big Pond‘ that we’re planning to build. I made a pinkie swear with Michael that I would not entertain the thought of koi until the new pond was dug in, filtration installed and the water was ready to host fish. I was doing really well until recently when I saw some koi on my FB friends list and I caved. I started looking around the internet. That led me to setting bids on some fish. And winning them. And they arrived yesterday. And we love them.

We feel they should be ok for a couple/few months in this space (we do have great filtration), but two of them are a pretty nice size right now. But what happened after a couple of hours? Michael found one outside the pond. He quickly got it (dunno the sex yet as they’re too young) back in the water and cleaned it off. We knew that we needed netting ASAP. I told him that I would guard the pond while he went out to the store. I was a sight sitting beside the pond in the rain but we got the area covered and it appears all is well as everyone seems to be happy today. We’re planning on building a ‘wall’ with the remaining screening so that we can put one of the plants back in the water and the lily can bloom. There are three buds close to the surface so that is our project for this afternoon or tomorrow morning.

I joked that it would be the one who wasn’t named. We named the other two were named prior to arrival so we came up name for this one… Harry Flopper, The Fish Who Lived. We’ll just go with a shortened version, Harry.

Bon Weekend

We found an old ceramic welcome mobile in the trash pile at the previous house (we were renting) and I saved the fish. I’ve tried but haven’t been able to think of a clever use for them so I added them to the pond a couple weeks ago. The fish seem to like them and seem to ‘hang’ out with them quite a bit. I’m thinking we’ll transfer them to the big pond once it’s in place.

Here’s to a safe and fabulous weekend!

Monday, Monday

I’ll start the week off with a mega dose of cute! I finished clearing the back porch of the remnants of Operation Greenhouse and while I still need to do a bit of organizing, life has returned to normal. And by normal I mean the cats are out there from the moment the door is opened until late in the evening when we close it for the night. Well, minus the time they spend hanging with mom.

Now, a little more on the ‘good’ side of a mild winter as mentioned in Friday’s post. I cut back most of the parrots feather in the pond and lo and behold, lily is coming back! The King of Siam is a tropical lily and in my laziness I didn’t bring it in for the winter.  Now we wait to see if we get this in a few months. Oh, and we’ll most likely move it to the big pond where it can get a little more exposure to the sun.

Hyams had these beautiful hanging baskets on sale a couple months back and I finally got around to planting something in them. We also picked up two begonias (our collection is coming along quite nicely!) while we were there and I decided to add those to the baskets. I also rummaged around the beds for various additional foliage. I hope these grow into something lovely!

And last but not least, another fun discovery. Back in November or December I cut a stalk of the umbrella plant to experiment with the prescribed propagation method, which is to turn it upside down and stick it in the dirt. It was in a spare pot and I thought it was long dead from the wilds of neglect and was wonderfully surprised when I saw this little shoot peeking through the dirt. I planted it behind the pond on Saturday. Now on to more propagating for other areas in the yard and to share with others. 🙂

Happy Monday!

The makeshift greenhouse worked wonders

I made some pretty good progress in the back beds over the last couple of days. The side was empty a year ago! I’ve made it to the other corner of the house, to the banana plant. In a fit of hating the creeping jenny I planted in various places last year (it got leggy and has made me unhappy), I’m pulling it up and replacing it with the sedum ground cover pictured below, which we have elsewhere. Like in the top photo. The big fish will be moved to the big pond once we have it dug and everything installed. I hope that happens before it gets too hot but we’ll see! The parrots feather needs to be addressed and I’m waiting to see if the lily is going to come back. I didn’t winterize it. The fish seem to be very happy!

Garden State

Michael and I just finished judging the science fair for my cousin and I’m taking this opportunity to try posting via the WordPress app. I’ve read very mixed reviews but it seems to be working just fine and dandy.

We spent our second full day focusing on the pond yesterday. We put the retaining border { made from recycled materials }, added the fill soil and planted several bulbs & plants. We added pea gravel under the stairs and will place a divider on each side, sometime next week. The grass will be replaced with a pea gravel path that will eventually lead from the side gate and wrap around the patio, which still has to be laid. We’re still hanging about on rocking pads.

I think we’ve done pretty well for spending a total of about two days on the project so far. We’re also working on three other big beds.

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The fountain is sputtering, we have to clean it and the filter.

Photos of the first day we worked on it…

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