Snapped some new photos of the newly filled newly dug areas of the pond, even though there is still some ice on the center and south parts.
I like how this new area here is turning out as it has some rather shallow bank areas where it will be nice for animals to come and drink and children to play by the water, I plan to sow this area where I'm standing to grass and allow the grass to go right up to the edge of the water here, to my right here is a large lilac bush and to my left is a euonymus bush and 2 evergreens, it would be a nice spot for a picnic table in the future. Behind me here is a field and lots of baby evergreen trees visible in the first photo, and they are growing nicely, we plan to put a bridge over the drain creek and we keep trails mowed in through the trees and field that will connect with the trails in the woods across another bridge, there is also a driving bridge to the south by Joel's house. Our house is shown in the photo below looking straight west across south of the island toward our back yard. In the photo below that is a euonymous bush.
In this photo you can see where the pond is in relation to Joel's house, the South side of the pond is North of his back yard. There are 3 trees planted between his house and the back yard, a red leaf maple, a silver maple and a weeping willow that will provide some nice shade as they grow up. Joel's house is west of our house, ours is on the right side and his on the left..as we gave him a piece of property to build on, he owns the field/evergreen tree area and swamp to the west of our pond, about 5 acres and we have our land, and around the pond and north of the pond about 5 acres so we together have about 10 acres.
Only the far south and part of the north banks of the pond are visible from our back yard garden area, in this photo, you can see from this it isn't as close to the house as it appears, and when the gardens are leafed out and grown up in the summer you can hardly see it from the garden at all, until you walk down the hill toward it. We have a lot of shrubs in the garden that when they leaf out make this area quite private, there are red leaf barberry and smoke bush and plum, also lilacs, spireas, hydrangeas, honeysuckles etc.. In the photo the south part is visible on the right and the north and dock are visible on the left, the center and island area aren't visible at all in this photo.
It will be fun to see when the plants start to grow again. We will be trying to put in a flowing well in the future with an overflow on the NE by the apple tree, and also we will be putting in more water lilies and lotus and water plants this year and probably will be putting in more varities of fish as well as moving the clay and dirt piles and leveling around the pond and planting the newly dug edges and lawn areas..it will be quite a project, but we have a lot of other things we are doing this year as well..like replacing an entire deck area, repairing and rebuilding fences and arbors that were damaged in the windstorms, etc..and I am recovering from surgery last week, so I'll be taking things slow, including cleaning up the winter mess..which is quite visible around the yard in the photos..but I'm taking this spring easy and slow while I recover. Lots of things I'll be wanting to do. Also have a lot of plants coming this spring that will be planted in the food garden, including several new blackberry and raspberry bushes, gooseberries, and other berry shrubs.
Finished building the pond arbor today. Ron found some lattice scraps when he was going through the garage addition so I hauled those out today and put them up on the arbor. Yesterday my baby apricot tree "white pearls" and my baby seedless grape vine "tickled pink" that I
Today it is the day before a huge blizzard in February. We had a thaw in December and the pond was beginning to fill up from snow that Joel has been pushing toward the pond all winter. It is looking so much nicer having water in it that connects betwen the excavated areas that were enlarged last fall.
had on order came, and I planted the grape on the arbor and the apricot to the NE of the arbor.
I also finished cutting down all the tag alder trees on the East end of the North part of the pond, partially cutting out a path around the pond, but there is work to do to finish the path. All the alder trees are in piles waiting to be run through the chipper.
February 1, 2011 : Today it is the day before a huge blizzard in February. We had a thaw in December and the pond was beginning to fill up from snow that Joel has been pushing toward the pond all winter. It is looking so much nicer having water in it that connects betwen the excavated areas