As promised, it’s time to reveal progress with the new wildlife pond build at the end of the month. However, the last day of February 2011 was a glorious one and my camera was drawn to other areas of the garden first ;-)
So, how is the progress of the new pond build? Ahem… well, I won’t lie. There’s been none… no spade has been lifted and no stones lifted or turned. Being honest, it looks a tad neglected as you will see below.
Nope… no sore backs during February here! In fairness, the weather hasn’t been in my favour until now. That’s my excuse anyway and I’m sticking to it ;-)
Sticking to the plan in my head for this pond build is another matter entirely. It keeps changing. My OH keeps suggesting detailed plans, but I need to get outside and walk around the area looking at it from every angle and at different times of the day.
Taking lots of photos does help but that still isn’t the same. I tend to use only the very basic of sketches especially when I have a good number of irregular and non-matching stones to work with. Basically, I like to build as I go and have great fun doing it that way.
Looking last night at the photos I had taken, I realised that perhaps I should lower the stone dyke/wall at the back. I am concerned about the light levels here. This area loses sunlight at around 3pm. I’m hoping this isn’t going to be a problem with algae.
I’m also trying to blend this area out/in to it’s the surroundings. I have a grass mound to the right of my arbour which could be mirrored at a smaller scale on the pond side. I like the idea of bringing the grass over too but not necessarily going into the water as an edge.
You can roughly see this idea in the lower images below yesterday’s progress photos where I’ve used Photoshop to copy the grass area over to see how it looks. Don’t laugh now, but I’m seeing small sand dunes (golf bunker style) with a mix of lawn grass and ornamental.
The larger round, light coloured rocks that I have to relocate will nestle in the grass and on beach like sand strips that will go into the water as a shallow first layer ledge deep enough for birds to drink and bathe.
Rocks will also need to be positioned so that any passing wildlife that takes a drink can get out if they slip in. Hedgehogs can swim but they will need a good ledge to get out of water otherwise they will drown. Really don’t want that to happen :-(
Vision over, I do hope someone is getting it with me. Oh yes, low growing wild flowers will be in the mix too. Dare I say… suggestions are welcome at this stage? Moving swiftly on…
It’s been Patient Gardener, Helen’s idea of looking at garden views at the end of the month. She has invited others to join her by leaving a comment on her post with a link to your post there. Lol… so I blame her when I’m embarrassing myself with my slow progress ;-)
Until the next time … oh dear, has someone moved my boots ;-)
Finally, just in case anyone missed my last post on snowdrop visiting, if you are planning a trip, you might like to browse the links there.
All photos above were taken in my garden on 28th February, 2011.