Big Sky Iris Club toured the DanWalt Gardens last week. We enjoyed seeing their many gardens.
Very inspirational! This is a garden developed by two guys who started as a hobby. People started asking to visit their garden and to use it for events. They have expanded it a bit more every year, upgrading it and adding facilities and such. It is now a favorite wedding venue in town. I really loved this allium garden even though they are pretty much done blooming.
I have been waiting patiently for my new waterfall pump to arrive. I bought it online from Watergarden.comhttp://www.watergarden.org/Pond-Pumps and chose free shipping, which meant it had to come by UPS Ground.....SLOW. Oh well! It is here now. I plugged it in and put the hose at the top of the waterfall - I wanted to test it to make sure it would move enough water before actually installing it. This is how it looks! Horray! So exciting! It's perfect!
The pump I chose is a Pondmaster Magnetic Drive 9.5 that moves 950 gallons of water per hour. My old pump was also a Pondmaster Magnetic Drive pump and it was still going strong after 3 years (I had burned through 3 different pumps from Lowes prior to purchasing the Pondmaster pump online.)
Well.....this pump has proven problematic. When I unplug it (to stop it) - it will not restart unless I pull it out of the water and disassemble it and put it back together. Then it will run.....So they are sending me a new one. I have to send this one back so will be without a pump for 4 days....Sigh....
We've had quite a bit of violent spring weather. High winds, hail, heavy rains have all taken their toll on the iris. I guess I should be glad I don't have many blooming yet. The one above is called "Santa's Helper". The one below is called "Delta Lady".
We installed these stairs and stepping stones to make it easier to access the pond and waterfall. Again, this is still a work in progress and everything is very waterlogged right now. I did pick up a few small plants to tuck in along the terrace and I've mulched lightly with the little bit of pine straw I was able to find scattered around.
Meanwhile, we've moved on to other areas of the landscape. I wish I had remembered to take pictures before we did the demolition on the brick stairway between the shop and garage. Alas, I did not do it and now it is just a big mud pile!
The pond has filled up with rain water. We've received 7 inches of rain since starting this landscaping project. The rain has slowed things down quite a bit, but I have worked at it bit by bit.
The pump I had for the previous pond and waterfall is not adequate for this one, so another has been ordered. While I wait for it to arrive, I have tried sealing up the leaks with spray foam made specially for waterfalls. I need to move some rocks around to camouflage the black foam that shows here and there.
I was able to get the pond plants put in place and it will be interesting to see if they grow. I hope to post another picture after I get the new pump installed.
I ordered some water plants for my pond from an online company. They arrived in the middle of 5 days of pouring rain. I just potted them up in the fabric pots I ordered and put the pots in plastic tubs until I can get them properly arranged in the pond. The rain washed a lot of mud into the pond, and I need to try to get it cleaned up before adding things in. Starting with a dirty pond is not really the best plan.....
The company is in Oregon and I chose it because shipping would be fast from a state so close. I also really appreciated that they had plants that would be hardy in zone 4, that would also tolerate part shade. I have not had any luck growing water lilies in the past. We will see how these plants do. If they thrive - I may try a shade tolerant hardy water lily from this same company. Or - if they thrive - maybe I won't need to try a water lily!
For potting soil - I used all natural unscented kitty litter, which is just clay soil. I topped the pots with an inch of pea gravel.
Here are a couple of detail shots of the quilt made of deconstructed screen prints. It is still untitled. I feel like I had a title for it when I first stitched the top together, but by now, I no longer remember it. Nothing is coming to me right now, either.
OK, this piece is quilted and trimmed. I am not sure how I should bind it, and I am also pondering the orientation. I had a very clear orientation plan when I worked on the design. I believe this first one is the orientation I had in mind originally.
I am now wondering if it is better in a vertical orientation.
I have turned it every possible direction in Photoshop, but have no clear preference....
It is interesting - to my eye the appliqued rectangles pop more in the vertical orientation. Not necessarily what I am going for....but fascinating to observe.
It will wait on my design wall for me to make decisions about orientation and binding questions. Opinions welcome!