Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Fruit of Labor

Finally finished with the pond. We mulched on Memorial day as the last of the filthy whirligigs have just about fallen from the two remaining silver maples in the yard. Here is the view from my deck. I'm in a bilevel and our property is on a small hill so the deck off my kitchen is actually the second story (in the back).

This is the pond from the front. As the sun heads down, look how it lights up the hakone grass beside the falls.

A view from the side.

My husband was working part time for an alarm firm at the time and brought this home to me one day. This statue was part of a fountain at an estate in a nearby town that had been purchased by an organization to be used as a shelter for victims of domestic violence and the statue was not considered politically correct and so was free for the taking.

This is my birdpond. This was created from the depression left behind after grinding out the stump of a huge maple we had taken down. I'd been wanting one for awhile after seeing one at a garden place in Fenwick, Delaware a few years back and this seemed like a natural solution to filling in the depression. The birds absolutely love it & I am adding a feeder this weekend. If I can contain the mess, I'll keep it.

This is my favorite garden ornament - a 2 piece mermaid. She was a "have-to-have" some years back and luckily she was on sale! Isn't she fabulous?

And last but not least - my hubby insisted I take a picture of the columbine in the the front yard. Can't say I remember where this one came from, but it sure is beautiful!


Erica - CopperSunSilverMoon said...

Gorgeous garden Josie! Looks like you put a lot of work & love into it and it was well worth it. Love the mermaid too! Got any tips for growing hakone grass? I've got a small variegated type that seems to be getting smaller and less dense every year.

Sonia ;) said...


What a beautifl yard and ponds..OMG thats a beautiful oasis..Enjoy...

Sonia ;)

Skeleton In My Closet said...

Thank you, Erica and Sonia!

Erica, I would split up your patch & plant it in another area. It could be it doesn't like the soil conditions where it's at. My soil has a lot of clay in it but thru the 8-9 years of having this pond we always work the last years mulch into the soil with the "claw" before putting down new. The patch beside the waterfall is the original planting. I have split it up, it now encircles a stump that sits behind the statue and it is doing well there too.

Creepy_Creations said...

WOW Josie, that is beautiful!!!


merelyadream said...

Wow Josie,
It all looks great! You have done an amazing job and I love the mermaid and the bird area, and of course the pond :)

Bone*Head*Studios said...

Josie your yard is simply GLORIOUS!!!
I'd love to be able to sit and drink my morning cuppa with my dh,in a spot like that!!

Jeanne said...

Gorgeous photos! I love the mermaid! I can see why she was a 'must have'.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and entering my give-away. Good Luck to you!

Diane MacNaughtan said...

WOW! Your yard and pond is gorgeous! You give me inspiration to keep on going with our pond project.


Tracy M. said...

I love your yard! Especially the ponds and the two piece mermaid.
Also Welcome to STJ, can't wait to see your work!
Tracy M.

Skeleton In My Closet said...

Thank you! It truly is a Labor of Love and worth the effort vested. I will post more pics as the season progresses.