Sunday, May 29, 2011

Japanese Garden Renovation

Overall view of Japanese Garden after renovation.

About five years ago we have build a Japanese Garden that we could see from our living room. Right from the beginning we have enjoyed the view and serenity of this little island. As all our gardens it was changed or redesigned on yearly bases, usually in the spring. Originally, it had a stylized stream represented by large pebbles. Four years ago I have decided to put in a real water feature with small rock waterfall close to middle and a bamboo water spring spout at very beginning of the stream. It attracted a lot of birds of all sizes, from tiny Chipping Sparrow to large Grackle. The water level is from few millimeters (fraction of an inch) to about 15 centimeters (6 inches).
This spring I had noticed that the stream was very muddy and there was a lot of algae on rocks. That meant only one thing: Complete renovation. It was a slow going in the beginning and very hard on my wonky back. I was on my knees all the time removing and then washing about 150 pounds of rocks and pebbles. Then I had to install new pump, the original one was leaking oil after about 25 years of intermittent use, first as a pump for our hydroponic veggie garden and then in our Japanese garden. After that it was the stream edging turn, I put down bigger flagstone slabs. It was hard and at times frustrating work but it had to be done and it will have to be done again, I’m sure.

Waterfall before renovation.

Same area after all the rocks and pebbles were removed.

Waterfall after the much needed cleanup.

Waterfall close-up. Few years ago I made ceramic tile with Kanji symbols for Tranquility.

This is where stream starts.

Close-up of bamboo spout. Limestone slab has carving of Kanji symbol for Water.

When the ground part was done it was time to prune Japanese Maple that grew a bit too big. It wasn’t hard work but the job was so tedious! Only way to prune was to cut couple branches starting at bottom, stand back and see which branch or twig is next. It took 4 days and I think that I will cut some more. One thing I have learned very quickly that you can’t prune if there is even slight breeze, it completely distorts the shape of a tree. This is why it took so long, but now it is time to sit back and enjoy our garden.

Maple before pruning...

and after.

View at night. Actually, I used 3 camera flashes with my Canon Rebel T1i, all 3 were off camera J.


Kit Sheds said...

I'm so impressed and love the way everything has been planned. The oriental feel on a garden for me makes it more relaxing and very eye catching. Keep up the good work!

Jerry said...

Thank you Kit,
Too bad I can’t add sound to the picture. Actually, I might add a short movie following flow of water and with sound! Thanks for the inspiration.

Aaliyah Aldaco said...

Oh wow! Uou really put in lots of work here and the overall results literally chased all the exhaustion away. Looking at the pics here was enough to make me feel relaxed, Jerry. The Japanese Maple, in particular, deserves all the attention. Cheers!

Jerry said...

Thanks, Aaliyah.
This tree is doing so well! I will have to keep it small because it is so close to the house.Last picture was taken from our living room door, I had to use wide angle lens to sueeze it all in.

Monika said...

Moc pěkné,hezká práce. Musí to být uklidňující pohled :-))