What does your garden look like ... Today?


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I was half-way through screwing down the decking in the former koi pool filter room, when at mid-day I got a phone call from a carrier to say they had a pallet for me. "When do you want it delivered? Today or Thursday?" So I said I'd have it today.

About 3.00pm it turned up, it was our new fountain. On a pallet in a huge very strong cardboard box, all 71 kgs of it. I got the box off the pallet and cut it down. The fountain was "smothered" in heavy hessian cocoa sacks, I got a few beans in the deal too. It was in two parts, I guess the bottom about 60 kilos and the top eleven.

So with my trusty sack truck with a few bags to protect it I managed to get it through the door in the fence between the house and the garage, up the two steps between the patio and the path using my ramp, to the bit of path between the former pool and the lawn.
I had to fit the external 13a socket to the side of the sump and the transformer. Hard to do when you can't really see what you're doing.

I was dismayed to see there was some water in the sump. Then I worked out it was what was in the pipes when I took down the filters, they were empty, but there would still have been some water in the system. As the standpipe socket is about four inches tall the water couldn't drain away, so I got it out with my wet n'dry vac.

I had to drill a hole in the stepping stone on which the fountain was to sit, to pass the cable through and plug it into the socket. I did check it worked before manhandling the fountain into position.

I finished about 6.00pm. I've put it on the same double socket as the low voltage spotlight on the fence which used to illuminate the waterfall. But I've trained it on the fountain.
We're quite pleased with it as you can still see down the garden, round and over it.

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The switches for it and all the other lights in the garden are hidden behind the lounge curtains

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It was a bit windy today, so there's some spray on the patio.

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It needs a bit more water. If it gets a bit mucky there's a bung in the bottom of the bowl, so you can drain and change it. My only complaint is that there's far too much cable that has to fit inside the pump chamber.

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I'll tidy up the base tomorrow. I had to level the fountain by sticking a crowbar under the stepping stone and putting bits of packing where necessary, between the stone and the rim of the sump, then mortaring up all round it.

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I'll take some more photos when it gets darker.

I spent an hour finishing off the last bit of the floor and tidying up, finished around 6.00pm.

I've another length of decking to get tomorrow, to replace that odd coulored one. It's not screwed down I'll use bits of it to the edges on two sides where there's a gap of an inch or two between the boards and the wall.

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This is the door from the room into the garage I've still to sort out what's coming out of there into this room.
Some sophisticated lighting in here. A fluorescent which was over the quarantine tank and an inset ceiling light on a dimmer switch. When I had fish in the tank, I gave them a bit of low light, otherwise it would be pitch black in there which would have been unnatural.


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Some more photos

Just the fountain and the low voltage spotlight on the fence, wuith an orange filter

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Plus some more lights.


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Plus the pool spotlights


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To be honest we rarely turn them on, unless we're in the garden on a warm summer evening.
 
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Many people don't realize that last year's stems are highly important to this year's pollinators. People will often get rid of them and completely clean their gardens out. I leave the majority of my stems standing one to two feet tall. Small pollinators will lay eggs in them to ensure their population continues to exist. The stems will be hidden by new growth before summer begins.
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Buds are forming on my Marsh Marigold in my bog filter.
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Prairie Smoke is still looking good!
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Hi,

My humble efforts shown below; two years ago the garden was more moss than grass. A lot of heavy digging to turn the grass over then a huge struggle on the steep slope going over with the rotavator a number of times before planting and here's the result so far.

Kind regards, Colin.

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The ajuga is stunning and has taken well in such a short time.

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A picture up the garden; the cerastium is excellent ground cover and will grow anywhere.

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Across the garden to the new hut; our previous neighbour built a big four bedroomed house at the top of their garden and created a new much smaller level garden ; an indication of the slope in our garden can be seen by the neighbours towering hut above ours. Bron and I prefer our big garden for privacy rather than sell a plot off for building; there's more in life than money sitting in a bank.
 

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I love Common Blue Violets. They're Wisconsin's state flower. They've grown in my lawn forever, so I started digging them up a couple years ago and putting them in my native garden so they'd have a place to grow where they wouldn't get mowed. Fritillary caterpillars use them as a host plant, so I wanted to try to attract them. Saw my first caterpillar last year. The violets been spreading fantastically over those two years, as I hoped they would. They fill in all the open areas, as well as spread into the lawn, which is exactly why I love them. A normal lawn is too plain, too useless. Native violets bloom just before the mowing season begins, and it's amazing to see all that color. To be honest, I'm not sure why it isn't normal for lawn mixes to include native violets. It's so much better for the planet, and better to look at. Here's a few shots of the largest patch in my native garden.

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My ferns are popping up quickly. pretty sure this is an Ostrich fern, but I can't remember. I have a few species of native ferns.
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Marsh Marigolds have hit their peak. Over the next two or three weeks, they'll wind down. I hate seeing them go, but I'm glad I have them each spring. They add early color around my pond.
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Meanwhile, another early bloomer, Prairie Smoke, may still go another month or more.
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I've re-felted the roof of this little bird feeder.

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Weeded the rockery of grass.

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The ground cover either side of the new fountain is recovering.

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Brushed a bit more sand into the gaps of the new paving over the old koi pool.



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And mowed the lawn.

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The azaleas next to the patio are nearly all out.

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as are another two rhodos.

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These three azaleas make a nice contrast. One is now well over seven feet tall.

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Two more are nearly out.

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Some of our several clematis are starting to flower.

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Very nice @Sean Regan . love your Chinese style structure. and you have some nice bird noises.
Thanks for the kind words. But it's actually supposed to be Japanese, to complement the koi pool I had at the time. The inspiration came from vintage books of Victorian country house garden architecture I found in Manchester Central library.

The Victorian aristocracy went "a bit Japanese" and brought over workmen from Japan to build these things.

I adapted what I saw, so I could buld something cheaply, just using basic hand tools, some rough sawn timber I planed down, some planed 2" X 1", rooofing ply, some Victorian style skirting boards and some discarded light difusers. After all it's just a florified shed.

The tea-house, pagoda and the lanterns I made are now thirty-two years old and still in perfect condition.

I made a video of the build.



And one of the lanterns.

 
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