I've made big progress. Not done but it's starting to look close to done. Going to get a load of stone this weekend to fill in around the new planting so I don't have to look at dirt until they are big enough to fill it in. Stone patio will be the next big step and will likely be a bit down the road as horse stuff is starting to really pick up.
I added color to the water and I'm not real keen on it. It was a teal-ish color and there is far too much green to it for me. I don't want it to look like swamp water..okay, it's not THAT bad but I still don't like it. Once it fades out I will likely leave it natural or put a blue only tint in it.
So anyway, here's where it's at as of this morning. Hid the filter box with boston ferns and coleus in my old metal pail. Easy to move out of the way to get in and clean the filters. IMAG1432.jpg
Under the window my lily of the valley is coming up, can't wait for that smell. Such tiny flowers but such a big fragrance! After they are done blooming for the year I plan to split them up and move a bunch of them. IMAG1433.jpg
In the side planting areas there are "pastas" (hostas, DD called them pastas when she was little and it's kind of stuck because she thinks it's funny now) lilies, some blue fescue and columbine. The fern to the right is just sitting in that spot, not sure where it is going yet. Behind where it is sitting is a hibiscus that gets bright pink blooms. Will get pics when it's in bloom, it's beautiful. IMAG1434.jpg IMAG1435.jpg
In the water, blue rush and 2 yellow water irises. IMAG1436.jpg IMAG1438.jpg
2 water cabbage for fish to nibble on and maybe lay eggs in and a purple hyacinth. IMAG1440.jpg
The hyacinth will look like this in bloom. They can be invasive in a natural pond but when they go crazy, I will just cut them back. Might even float a couple in a bowl in the house. hyacinth.jpg