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In the spring on 1996 I had already begun wondering how I could enlarge the garden and find a spot to place a pond. The beds were planted as usual but my thoughts were upon digging out yet more lawn for my plans. By late summer a plan had been drawn up, and the long and arduous task of digging up lawn began. Not only the lawn, but also a depth of 3 feet to accommodate a pond, a dream I had had for a very long time.

By late October the pond was a reality, but the edging did not get completed and I had to stare out the window all winter at the unfinished pond area. By spring of 1997 I could hardly wait to finish off the pond, which was done with speed. The planting of the pond was something I had not looked forward to, but it all worked out quite well.  By 1998 I had my first water lily in bloom. The pond was an integral part of a large island bed which was slightly raised and contained a layer of cow manure under a four inch depth of topsoil. This was held back firmly with boulders recovered from workings on the estate to build new houses, and so was sandstone.


Latest update 06 March 2001

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