Wednesday, July 15, 2009

As The Pond Turns

I'm thinking that we skipped last Wednesday for an episode of, AS The Pond Turns. We were smack dab in the middle of family excitement and didn't even think of pond building. However, at the wee early hours this morning we were back at it. We are all but finished with the laying of the rock on the inside of the pond except for around the skimmer and waterfall where the stream empties into the pond. Alan needs to do some work on the skimmer before the rock can be laid. Anyways, we went to a rock sales yard and were searching for the perfect rock that we wanted for around the perimeter of the pond. We found some gorgeous Moss rock. It will look as if the pond was there for years.

I just love the look of this rock and the old, aged moss..

Here is another fabulous treasure given to us by our son-in-law Chris. This log will look wonderful with graceful and trailing plantings peeking out from the hole. Our cat, Piper thinks its a great place for a nap. Hmmm, we'll have to see about that?

Although we brought in 1800 lbs. of moss rock today, we will need quite a bit more to finish the perimeter of the pond. this is a view looking south toward the pond.



And this is the view looking east of the pond. Alan re-routed the stream and large waterfall to be. We felt it would be better if it were seen from all angles of our yard. You probably noticed the water in the pond. When Alan rerouted the stream , he put the hose on top of the waterfall to see how well the flow in the stream was. It was such a beautiful and tranquil sound that we listened while we worked..and filled up the pond a little.



Thanks for visiting us this week on, As The Pond Turns..



5 comments:

Linda said...

It is looking great Diane! Hey when I saw you moss rock, I remember either seeing or reading about a mixture that you can put in you blender that will give the rock the effect of moss rock. I'll try to find it if you want me to. Let me know

Love ya
Linda

Linda said...

Ohhhh I found it.
How to Make a Mossy Rock
Large stones, stumps or logs dressed up with a green suit of moss make a great focal point in a shady garden. Moss thrives in damp, cool shade, but it can take a while to establish itself naturally. Luckily, you can step in and speed up the process by painting a slurry of moss onto the surface that you want to cover. Here is how.

Step 1
Find two handfuls of soft moss. Look for it growing in shady patches of lawn, on tree trunks and in woodland areas. Remove as much soil as possible from the underside of the moss, as well as any pebbles, sticks or other debris.
Step 2
Place the moss, two cups of buttermilk and 3 oz. of potter’s clay into a blender. Put the lid on and blend the mixture until it is thick and soupy.
Step 3
Spray the surface of your rock or piece of wood with water. Then, using a paintbrush, coat the entire surface with the moss mixture.
Step 4
Check on the moss daily and spray it lightly with a fine mist of water to keep the moss mixture moist. A mossy texture should appear within 2 to 3 weeks.

Mandi said...

I can't WAIT!!!!!!! Hurry.... =)

Diane MacNaughtan said...

Hi Linda,
I have seen that too somewhere? Thanks for finding the recipe as I think I would like to try it in my shade garden. I think it is kinda magical!!I dunno if it's too late in the season to try?
the moss on these rocks are dried, they called it liken? I looked on the internet about it and couldnt find anything about it. Alan said it was called moss rock, when he researched it..

Mandi,
I cant wait either, hope this ol' body doesnt give out before its completed..lol...

~Diane

Designs By CK said...

Popping in to say hello & wish you a wonderful weekend!

Chris :-)