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Mrs_Sweetpeach
Date: 2007-05-12 01:04
Subject: Our pond
Security: Public
Location:Ionia, Michigan
Mood:tiredtired
Tags:gardening, photos
We're spending the weekend at my mom's place, but before we left I wandered around the yard to check on the pond and garden. You can see for yourself here.



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mala_rana
User: mala_rana
Date: 2007-05-12 05:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
How pretty this is! Hubby has been attempting to create something similar (much, MUCH smaller) for the past several summers...keeps buying rocks and spending weekends laying out new configurations in our current dog run (such an odd man...but funny). Says he's moving the run...anyway, hope when he's finally done it's as pretty as this is!
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2007-05-21 04:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What you see in the photo is Version 3.0 of the pond. Version 1.0 leaked. Version 1.1 was too loud. Version 2.0 was pretty good, but one corner didn't experience much movement due to the placement of the pump and algae tended to grow. Version 3.0 addressed that issue, and, while we were at it, we had the pond enlarged and deepened.

In hindsight, going with a plastic pre-formed pond would have been a lot less expensive and made caring for the pond less work.

Among the trivia I've picked up while caring for ours, covering the bottom of the pond with pea gravel works better than cobblestones. Algae really likes growing on cobblestones. And grindstone, while pretty, does not survive thaw-freeze cycles well. It cracks. Badly.
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User: sionnachair
Date: 2007-05-12 11:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's lovely. It must be very tranquil to sit beside.
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2007-05-21 04:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That it is. 'Specially at night, when we have a fire going in the chiminea and it's too dark for me to even think about weeding!
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alpaca princess
User: renniekins
Date: 2007-05-12 14:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wonderful! I must come visit soon and admire it. (:
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jebra
User: jebra
Date: 2007-05-13 02:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes! You must! The pond misses you.
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2007-05-21 04:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes, please do!
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jim_landis
User: jim_landis
Date: 2007-05-12 14:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Truely beautiful. Must be a pleasure to sit beside.
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jebra
User: jebra
Date: 2007-05-13 02:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Sitting out by the pond is, without question, the best office I've ever had.
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betagoddess: Cottage Misty Morning
User: betagoddess
Date: 2007-05-12 18:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Cottage Misty Morning
That is so beautiful! I would so love to have a pond like that! =>}

Thanks for sharing the pretty! =>}
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2007-05-21 04:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You're most welcome!

Do you ever venture into the Detroit area? If so, you can come visit.
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betagoddess: Fireworks
User: betagoddess
Date: 2007-05-22 02:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Fireworks
That's pretty far from here, but if we ever DO come down that way, that would be so very cool! Thanks. *g*
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User: lorelei633
Date: 2007-05-12 21:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:_lisichka_/swimming pool
Oooooooooh beautiful! I'm jealous. *g* Springtime comes and the trees fill out and I can't even see the lake anymore.
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2007-05-21 04:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Your view sounds lovely to me.
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Bob
User: bwittig
Date: 2007-05-15 14:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wow, a bit taller and your neighbors would disappear completely!

Nice!
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2007-05-21 05:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
As the summer and fall progress, our view of the neighboring yards diminishes greatly. I have Jerusalem artichokes growing along the back fence, and they routinely reach a height of 6 to 7 feet. Along the other side, there are berrying bushes that are equally tall. When all the foliage comes in, it's easy to forget we're in the middle of a city.
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Bob
User: bwittig
Date: 2007-05-21 10:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Jerusalem Artichokes--have you tried eating them yet? The roots are similar to water chestnuts and can be stir-fried....but you will never get rid of them without roundup!
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Mrs_Sweetpeach
User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2007-05-22 00:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes, I've harvested them the past few years, after the first frost. They're pretty good eating, 'specially with the seasoning we picked up from Marie's Deli up in Houghton so many years ago.

As for getting rid of them, you're right. The darn things grow from both seeds as well as spreading underground; keeping them off the footpath behind the waterfall is a never-ending task. I couldn't believe the size of some of the tubors when I weeded last week. I had a good dozen that were larger around than a good-sized carrot and one that was the width and length of a large baking potato.
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