Selecting flowering plants for NE ponds can be challenging. The little fringe flower is grown in the north as an annual, and has fabulous star shaped fringed (as its name suggests) flowers and mottled lily like leaves. Though the flowers are only about a quarter in size their color really makes them pop.
“Whether walking, wading, or swimming, I forget about everything else…..my senses are overcome by it’s tranquility. There’s something hypnotic about it, like staring into a
bonfire”. – Rex
“It’s impossible to mention just one favorite thing about our pond…the peaceful sound of the waterfalls, the beauty that blends our garden into nature, the sound of the frogs that have made it home singing in the summer evenings, the multiple varieties of song birds that have decided it’s the best bird bath in the neighborhood or having the fish follow me as I walk the pond edges like puppies waiting for a treat. I guess I can sum it up by saying that I can’t imagine our yard without it!” – Marietta
It's a bit funny how it all started. I would love to tell you it was a grand business
scheme complete with well thought out ideas, a marketing plan, and great advertising. A grand plan to build a business that would allow our little farm to earn an income and become self-sufficient.
It was however, all by chance. After clearing the land for the first time and putting in the raised bed gardens – we sat in lawn chairs in the upper northwest corner of the "farm" and took in the view. While sitting, Mary simply said..."wouldn't it be nice to have a place to sit and enjoy the garden and look out at the barn and farm".
We both liked the look of a pergola over other choices of garden structures like a gazebo or canopy. The rustic and beautiful lines of a pergola just fit the theme of what we wanted our Old World Garden Farm to be about. Over the course of the next few weeks we looked everywhere to buy our dream pergola. The problem was, we couldn't find one we liked. We seemed to have two choices – flimsy metal canopies that came with a not so flimsy price – or ultra expensive wood kits on the markets that required the equivalent of a house payment. So we decided on a third option...design an old world pergola and build it.
With no power still at the farm, and much like our chicken coop – we built our farm pergola in the driveway of our suburban neighborhood. We cut our own pattern for the edges from a piece of cardboard until we liked the curves – then proceeded to cut out the purlins with an old jigsaw. Looking back now – I laugh thinking how long it took to cut those boards – having to stop every 15 minutes just so the ol' jigsaw would stop smoking from overheating. We cut every curve and notch by hand – even cleaning out the notches with a hand chisel to get "just the right look". At the end of a couple long days – there she stood – our "old world" garden pergola – an all wood, all natural hand-built pergola erected in our driveway. We headed out to a local dining establishment for a celebratory beverage and meal - and then it happened. Mary's phone rang, and our little business started. The call was from parents of our neighbors down the street. They had just driven by our driveway while we were at dinner and the pergola caught their eye. She innocently asked where we had purchased it , because like us – she had been looking for a "real wood" pergola. We laughed and said we looked too, and finally had just built one. Before we both knew it – we had made our first sale. We built another one in the driveway for them – and during the process another note appeared on the half-built pergola asking if we would sell it....and then another. That year, in just a few months we built and sold 15 pergolas...and every single bit of the profits were poured back into our farm. It was and continues to be our way to build our little dream farm. We still both have our days jobs – with no immediate plans to stop. But our ultimate goal, is to have a completely self-sufficient little farmstead. A little vineyard, an orchard, a full garden, chickens, with hopes of more future livestock as well. And ultimately – a little bed and breakfast to share it all with others. For now, our little business is helping us build it that much quicker, one pergola at a time. It's why that little upper garden pergola is still my all time favorite.
I found this plant while looking for moss to add to my water garden (a post for a later date! LOL). I did a good and long search and finally found what it's called. Here's a piece of mine and here's the link to the cited information: Fan Clubmoss
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