At the moment, my pond is on hold while I await the return of Bruce, the handyman. He hasn’t been feeling well and, combined with the on-again, off-again rain, I decided to take a break from working on the pond.
The good thing is that the pond leak was discovered – the pond liner tape had come apart. As soon as we have a few days of sunny weather, I will be in repair mode.
With this extra time, I have been rethinking my pond plan and leaning toward making it slightly smaller though not using the pre-formed pond liner. That is a bit too small and will not hold all of the pond plants along with the fish. Having a few extra days to think about the pond has been good.
Since it was a cool day, I decided to widen the flowerbed on the pond side of the back garden. (above right, the path’s new shape). I had widened a few feet of the path last week and liked the way it looked (you can see the results at the bottom of the above pic).
This path veers off toward the garage and needs to be revamped since it is too narrow in places. My son complains every winter that he is unable to shovel the path to the garage properly. It really can stand to be widened. Besides, I need to weed out some of the Anemone sylvestris.
While I love the flowers and want a few clumps, I prefer not having an entire flowerbed’s worth. This plant is an aggressive spreaders and I do constant battle with it. As I have discovered in the past two years, it is capable of smothering everything in its path. Unlike the Creeping Jenny, I have yet to find a worthy competitor for the Anemone.
The best part of widening the path (at left, the newly enlarged path needing more digging and compost) is that I can now move some plants to the new area and then arrange my favourite rocks along the path’s edge. Have I ever mentioned that I collect rocks? That’s a story for a whole other post!!