Yesterday was the second and final day of the Pond Tour. So today Kim and I tackled some dirty and messy chores. He put together a vacuum to suck crud off the bottom of the pond and worked with that for a while (in and out of the water), while I chopped off a load of English Ivy that has been needing to be dealt with for a while now. I also pulled out some plants from a garden bed that has never made me happy. Now it's a third empty and I'm excited - I get to plan something new to fill it up! What could be better than that for a gardener, right?
Here is the garden bed I like; with coreopsis, echinacea, day lilies, crocosmia, daisies, lambs ears, sage, viburnum, butterfly bush, golden chain tree, etc. There are a couple of hibiscus which will be blooming next month. But mostly groups of things.
I should have taken a pic of the one I don't like, but suffice it to say, it's just messy looking. Too messy. Way messy. Confusing.
I'm looking forward to seeing an improvement. All it took for me to start pulling stuff out was for Kim to easily agree that it "needed something." Funny how someone else can get me motivated.
The Pond Tour went off well. About 100 people paid to view nine ponds in the Boise area.
Kim took the week off before the tour and he worked and worked getting all sorts of little details completed in the garden. Everything looked great, thanks to his efforts.
He turned this large pot we've had in the shade garden into a water feature. It looked so nice!
If I recall correctly we received more compliments on the garden than on our pond. Kim did have it looking pretty spiffy!
Our next door neighbors were also on the Pond Tour. So the next pictures are of their pond and garden. Very nice.
Peggy completed the Master Gardener classes and it shows in her garden.
See the nicotiana to the left of the Hebe statue? They're about 6 foot tall. Really nice looking.
Their pond has a great water fall with huge rocks making a wonderful sound.
The tour was fun but I'm glad it's over. Now back to regularly scheduled gardening!