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My sore back has delayed The Puddles quite a bit, but on Tuesday it was Constitution Day here in Denmark so I had a day off and went up to the Garden Monday evening.

My back was in too bad shape to do much, so the only thing I really did was level the bottom of the holes a bit, stick in the plastic tubs and drag out the garden hose to fill them. (I had originally intended to fill them with rain water or water from the stream, but carrying buckets of water was not an option.)

The Puddles

You might notice a difference between the colours of the three puddles. I wanted to test what to do with the bottom of the tubs, so in the first one I did nothing – and you can quite clearly see the plastic bottom of the tub. It really just looks like a black plastic tub with water in it, which is clearly not the point.

The middle puddle has a thin layer of clay at the bottom. I figured that would be a way to create more of a natural look, but in the end it seems the clay particles won’t settle so it’s just muddy and yucky-looking. Not really the point, either.

The last one, though, is so far a winner. I basically just gave it a handful of normal garden soil, and it has settled nicely, covering the bottom of the tub and creating a pleasant graduation from the clear water at the top to the mud at the bottom. (This is also the tub where I’ve released the tiny frogbit plants.)

Obviously I need to fill in the holes around the tubs, put in something in each tub so insects and other small animals can get out if they fall in by accident and – importantly – plant the area around The Puddles so it becomes less of an eye-sore and more of a pretty, if quaint, addition to the Ambitious Border. That will be for next weekend when I am joined in the garden by the Flâneur Husband – who has now returned permanently to Denmark!

Meanwhile, the large rhododendron that was in the garden from the beginning seems to have decided to put on more of a show this year than the two previous years. It’s absolutely stunning!

Rhododendron

And the kolkwitzia I got from my parents a year ago seems to be happy enough in its new home and is sending up shoots of new growth. It’s much needed, though, to prevent that people unwittingly step on my shrub…

Kolkwitzia

And yes, in the picture above you can see the state of the lawn. Or should I call it the meadow?

Lawn

-It’s growing rampant these days, but next weekend I will go up there with the Flâneur Husband and then there will be no excuse…

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