I finished cleaning up the pond and refilled it on Saturday. Its a messy job, but not too difficult, after all. I was dreading having to do it. I dumped the muck from the bottom of the pond over the vegetable garden and the Japanese garden area. Threw some of it on the little rockery and in the bed by the fig tree. It should be good fertilizer. I stacked the pots that the lilies were growing in and put another pot of water iris on top of that. This ended up being just the right depth of water for the water iris. The waterfall is working good, there are two bunches of blooming water hawthorn... lovely plants. There is not enough sunlight for the lilies, but the water hawthorn, the marsh marigolds, and the irises look good. I also have a small Lebanon cedar that is clipped and stretches over its corner of the pond. The saxifragia, campanulas and other edging plants are slowly covering the rock necklace. Now I need goldfish, as the water seems to be clearing up.
I have most of the vegetable garden dug over. There was compost on it over winter, so the top 6 - 8 inches has good tilth but there are just too many tree roots. I was happy to see some earthworms in it again. The irises along the side are doing great and so are all the chives, and other herbs. A little compost goes a long way. The strawberries have lots of blooms. I have filled the cedar trough that Tara left and today put radishes (old seed - not sure if it will germinate) and allysum in it. I cleaned up the rock work at the corner of the veggie garden, and then planted more radish seed along beside the cedar trough. I planted the verbena bonariensis by the irises and hope it self seeds in this area. I think it is a good butterfly plant.
The daisies at the front are looking good, and should be nice for a few weeks. After I finish the vegetable garden, I must week and dead head everywhere. This should not take long, as I have been keeping it up in the last couple of years.
I spent an hour or so trying to cut out the dead wood in the old yellow plum tree, using the long handled pruner from up on the deck. It is looking a bit better, but needs more work, that I cannot reach.