Pecan Pond Evolution

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Well it has been a very successful summer! No work on my part but minor maintenance :) First year since we've lived here that has been the case.

Clear water, happy fish, happy plants, life is good.

Getting ready to muk her out for the fall and trim the lilies. Thought I would post the last of the summer pics of 2012.





And here are some I took a week ago of the bamboo... It has grown a ton this year and I expect will be a record year next year.



 
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Back yard !!!!!! god you could get a whole housing estate in there in the UK, its more like a huge field Pecan :LOL:
The whole thread is lovely and your pond garden etc is well thought out and executed well done it was beautiful to look at .
We arte squeezing a pond into one little corner here and the inner city well you'll be lucky to see any gardens we live two miles out of Plymouth propper and though we have large gardens when yo have to share well need I say more :grumble:
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We hit record temps this week. 70 on Thursday, 75 on Friday and about 60 today. So I took Thursday and Friday off to do yard work. :) I spent about 10 hours a day out there for the last three days hauling rock, wood chips and steer manure. I put down 37 bags of wood chips (came up about 5 bags short :(), 6 bags of manure and 6 bags of rocks. Last weekend I rebuilt the water fall adding two smaller falls on the sides of the big falls. My fish were fed for the first time of the year (they are happy about that) and I am exhausted. Along with hauling wood chips and rocks I have been running again and my entire body can feel it.

But, after the long snowy gloomy winter and a serious case of the blues I really needed to get out in the sun and do some work. I feel 100 times better :) There is something about manual labor on a sunny 70 degree day that just does wonders for the soul. :)

Anywho here are a couple pictures of everything up and running. I think I am all done with spring prep (minus 5 more bags of wood chips and getting the garden rows done and planted).










And some happy fishies






 
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Easter Sunday (March 31, 2013).

Beautiful 70 degree day and things are sure turning green. :)

And the new deck I built last week. :)







And some fishies (the water was 64' today)







 
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One week later and a ton of new growth. I like to take pictures in the spring when everything is just waking up and then compare it to summer pictures. It always amazes me how the beds look so sparse in the spring but by mid summer they are full of leaves and flowers.





























 
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Well it's June 15th and I took picture of the pond and all the flower beds today :) It always amazes me how bare it looks in the winter and spring then how much it fills in by June.

We have big news. We have been debating on moving south but decided to stay. Since we decided to stay we also decided to finish off the back yard. Including our master bedroom addition, new driveway (old one is 60 yo and in bad shape) and a patio!!!! I am so excited about it all especially the patio. We have been living with a dirt patio, which looks fine but sure does cause a mess in the house. The construction begins the day after labor day (I told the contractor he could not ruin my summer with construction LOL) He will do the addition which will include a covered patio off the master looking out of over the pond and the drive way this year, then pour the patio as soon as they can in spring.

The addition will be 13' x 13' off the back left corner shown in this picture, then a 5' deep covered patio coming off the back.







Conifer Bed



Looking back at the house



More pond :)



Bamboo has grown more this year then ever before. They are about 8'-9' tall this year :)









The entire picture ;)



 
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There is a grand doggie hidden in there somewhere LOL







Cactus bed



My village of pots




I have been on a quest for the perfect rose and after planting many many roses I think I may have found it. It is my favorite.

Hot Cocoa







Has been 2 years since we planted this willow and it has gone from a 4' tall stick to this beautiful tree.

This was the willow in Spring 2011


And the willow today! Just amazing the amount of growth.

 
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And I thought I would throw in some garden pictures. The garden is doing better this year than ever before. A couple weeks ago my husband and I put in a 12' x 7' paver patio so we could put a small garden shed back there. It is where the tiller and garden supplies live :) And I added pics of the garden while we were running the water.







 
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Some updated pictures I took after our first rainfall since the first of May and it was a record rainfall dropping 1/2 inch of rain!!! LOL









Native Utah Fire Chalice and Sage


Pool above the waterfall


Looking from behind the waterfall


Grass and Grapes


Cactus getting big


The only Canna Lily that came back from last year.



Willow getting big


Bamboo, about 8' tall this year


This is a native Utah Hysopp


This is a native Utah Summac, the indians used to make juice out of the berries.
 
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Here are some updated pictures of the flower beds

Willow Tree


My little sitting area. I have been planting more and more around it over the last few years to try and create a nice shaded spot. Mimosa tree is getting big :)



New Japanese Maple I planted not long ago.



Conifer bed but at this rate I should call it the grass bed as the ornamental grasses are out growing the conifers.



Looking back at the house



Shade bed where I planted a Empress Woo Hosta. Hoping to see her reach 5 feet in height.



Bamboo growing great



Little pathway



Flower bed with annual sun flowers that are growing taller than the house. I can't believe I started these guys from seed.







Pot Garden



 
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