At last the water feature is about to become a reality. I am now under pressure to prepare the site which is a big ask with the election only days away. The area concerned has been an annuals garden surrounded by spring bulbs so I want to dig out the bulbs and the polyanthus so that when the earth works begin they are not trampled to a pulp. I have given some away and will rescue the rest for distribution to my staff. The photos are the before…so that progress towards the after can be appreciated. You can see from the photo the extent of the slope and the capacity to have two ponds with a small cascade. The reeds in the old wine barrel will be replanted in the ponds and the stones will become part of the pond walls.
I have collected the stones for the past few years for this purpose with many having come from the Tip Shop and others, like the sand stone slabs, from an old property at Avoca in the Fingal Valley. The sandstone slabs are to be flat rocks carefully positioned for reading newspapers with a cup of tea.
The rest of the garden is gradually embracing the spring and I do hope that it will not be crushed as the garden becomes a construction site.