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Posted by WiseAcre on May 12th, 2008

Garden Pond at Home

May 12

It wasn’t so long ago that the gardens looked bare and the pond stood in stark contrast to the landscape.

Pond during early spring

A few weeks later and things are looking much better.

Pond - May 12

 What caught my attention today was some Sweet Woodruff growing out of the pond wall. Sweet Woodruff earns it’s reputation as an aggressive spreader. Not even a stone wallseems to stop it.

Sweet Woodruff growing out of a stone wall

 Below the woodruff are Jewelweed seedlings and above is a creeping hydrangea which is proving to be no match against the invading groundcover.

Sweet Woodruff

 On the other side of the pond the Hostas and Ligularia are filling out nicely.


 Now to zoom in a bit closer to see the ‘bubble rock’

Bubble Rock

 Calling this stone special is an understatement. No one had ever seen anything like this before at the quarry and I’ve never seen anything like it anywhere else either. Ripples – yes. Bubbles – no. The stone has lost it’s colors as it’s darkened with age. I suppose a good powerwash would bring back the purple and orange.

Bubble Rock

 This was one set of slabs I wasn’t going to let go of. Unless of course you make me an offer I can’t refuse.

Posted by WiseAcre on May 11th, 2008

Reflecting Pond

May 11

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A small pond designed to take advantage of a good spot, the irrigation system and a slight slope.


 Where better to place a water feature than where everyone will get a chance to see it?

Yellow Flag Iris planted in shallow water

The pond is only a few inches deep and not much more than a glorified birdbath that gets plenty of use. Only a few inches deep it became a favorite spot of the kids and for the feeder goldfish they saved from becoming a meal.

Pond Overflow

 The irrigation system is used to overflow and flush the pond helping to keep it clean and the water fresh. The overflow runs down the slate stream bed to an area kept wet for Ligularia, Japanese Iris and varigated Loosestrife.


 Simple – no pumps, filters or any real maintance except for pulling out the leaves that seem to migrate in mass to the pond in the fall.