Pond Dreams

My dream

I have a dream. It is just a little dream not one of those big dreams like “world peace” or “visit the Amazon” that could never come true. I have just a little dream about my pond.

I hope you have read my previous blog post, What Happened to My Pond? that I posted back in January, if not, now would be a good time. It turns out that Melly has a vendetta against my pond. She seems to feel that it is possible to have too many plants in the pond, specifically irises.

Caplin Rous at the pond in 2008

As you can see from the above photo, the pond has always had a large iris population. I mean, that photo was taken in ancient times and there were still plenty of irises.

Caplin Rous in the pond in 2008

Okay, I have to admit that it looks like Caplin Rous could actually swim in the pond. I have never been able to do that. So maybe Melly has a point, maybe it would be nice to have open water in the pond and not just mud. Plus, I suppose Nessie, my snapping turtle co-pet, would like it.

It looks different without most of the irises

As Melly’s work progressed on the pond, I learned some interesting things about it. For example, I learned that it had a rubber liner. I also learned there was supposed to be a ring of bricks around the outside. And the pond was in the shape of a fish! (I am standing in the thin part of the fish with the head in front and the tail behind.) I also learned that it was deeper than I expected.

I wonder if I can get to China through here

It was a lot deeper than I expected! Look! I can practically disappear into it! All of that was solid iris roots!

Fully de-irised pond

So I guess Melly had a point, maybe the irises had gotten a little out of hand. Maybe I will like the pond better with water in it.

This weekend Sheldon and Philip are going to come over and help put the new liner in. The next photo that you see of me in my pond should look like the one at the top of this post (only not photoshopped). I have to admit, I am pretty excited!

9 comments to Pond Dreams

  • Ann M. Bednarek

    Gari, I am so excited for you. Your pond is going to be so cool. It is deeper than I thought it was. And a few iris’s around the side will look so pretty. It will be a secluded little island. Somewhere to go when you just want to hang out alone or relax with Nessie. Melly did a cute job with photoshop. But th little squiggly things in the pond look like big inch worms. Watch out they may bite. I love you XXXXXXXX Ann

  • Bonnie Vollbeer

    Melly comes up with some pretty neat stuff for you. Like the crewel stool about which we have heard nothing more. Where did it go? One wonders…… But this. THIS is pretty darn cool! I hope to see a photo of you swimming in it very soon.

  • Kathryn

    That is very true about the stool…we haven’t heard anything more about it. Hmmmm…perhaps we need a stool update????

    Awesome pond plans!

  • Stephanie Labbate

    Can’t wait to hear more about Pond!

  • Laurie Coppola

    I think you’re going to love the new pond! It will be a water haven for you instead of for the irises. Irises are self-naturalizing, so they will spread as long as there is room to spread. Great filler plants, but not what you want in a pond 🙂 Can’t wait to see you and Nessie enjoying the new pond 🙂

  • Janet Lutkus

    I’m excited for you Gari. Are visitors (like me) welcome to join you in your pond? Also,does Nessie bite toes?

  • Wow, that is going to be a nice deep pond! Melly is very creative to make it fish shaped. It looks like you’ll be able to have a little swimming area, as well as plenty of wallowing and muddy space. Or maybe not so muddy with the new liner & stuff.Hope it gets done soon, so that when it’s warm you can play in your new pond.
    I hope the irises were planted elsewhere. They are my favorite flowers and very pretty, i would hate to think of them just thrown away.

  • I think you should be very wary of that snapping turtle. It isn’t as friendly as your tortoises!

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