I decided on Saturday that our ugly broken pond needed to go. Here is an embarrassing BEFORE picture of our yard. It was really, really, hideously bad.
Weeds, weeds, and weeds, a busted pond, and some flowers. And I think that red thing is garbage. So, over the last few weeks we’ve been spraying the weeds and adding bark. It was time to say goodbye to the pond.
So, here’s the thing. I know ponds are lovely. Lovely! Who doesn’t love a pond? When we moved in, there were frogs out there and I loved listening to them croak each night. But, before we moved in, our home inspector told us that they had improperly wired the electricity to the pond by stringing a cable from the house, and running it down a tree. So, we had to disconnect the power to the pond after we moved in. Then, because the tree was planted too close to the driveway, we had to remove it, as well. Boo.
When the tree was being cut down, it landed in the pond and punctured the liner, so it hasn’t held water for over a year, anyway. It was just an empty, ugly hole surrounded with rocks. This center part of our driveway is what we call “the island”. And we’ve been trying to figure out what to do with it for years.
Ha ha ha! Look at Kitty’s hair. In my defense, it was Saturday. And I attempt to brush her hair, but she HATES that… and I’ve got to live with her.
So, I made the kids start moving rocks. And I came up with the idea to line the island with them as a border to keep the bark in. Kitty and her hair helped.
We tried it out and really liked how it looked.
Yay! Free rock border!
Next we needed to remove the pond liner and level out all the dirt. See how helpful Kitty’s hair is?
Once it was flat, Mr. Darcy and I made a trip to a local nursery and brought home two new babies that I have been pining away for.
Every spring I tell Mr. Darcy, “I need a magnolia tree. And a dogwood. I need a bazillion dogwoods and a kajillion magnolias.”
Instead we went with one of each.
They are just wee little twigs right now, but someday… Someday they will be magnificent. Can’t you just see them all grown up in the island, providing shade, surrounded by tulips and daffodils? I can’t wait!!!!!
The island still needs a bit of work, but that ain’t bad for one Saturday. The pond is out, my two favorite baby trees are in, we have a rock border… Hot diggity!
So, we need a few more bushes, one more pretty little tree and a bit more bark to complete this section of the yard. Once it all grows up and fills in, I think it will look fantastic.