Backyard haven gives busy couple a place to
When the couple on Murray Avenue bought the house in '97,
the yard was a desert. They have completely transformed it, even though Trussie often
works 12-hour days and Pam's job frequently requires her to travel.
Pam Freund's pond and waterfall create a backyard oasis of soothing sounds and pleasant
Retaining wall blocks support plantings of lamb's ear,
petunias, ferns, caladiums, million bells and impatiens.
GARDEN TOUR: Members of Hampton Roads
Gardening & Home Club can tour Pam's garden July 28. To join the club, call Libby
MacDonald, 928-6450 or visit hrgardening.com
Everyone who sees the gorgeous pond with its graceful
waterfall raves about the beauty. But Pam and Trussie are too modest to send in pictures
themselves. - Neighbors on Murray Avenue, Norfolk
Back yard haven gives busy couple a place to relax
Last summer was Pam Freund's first year with her pond, so she's learning as she goes.
"The impatiens and million bells were lovely all summer into late September, early
October," says Pam.
From now on, she plans to clean the pump intake in early fall - before the water gets cold
- and make a partial water change in spring. She leaves the waterfall running all winter.
She also plans to cover the pond with a net during fall - the leaves are just too much to
keep up with.
"Water maintenance is easy," says Pam. "At
first, I fretted about pH, salt and so on. I just kept adjusting the pH and monitored it
constantly. I finally learned it just naturally fluctuates and left it alone. I still
check it regularly, weekly now, daily during the summer, just to keep tabs."
Pam's 8-by-10-foot pond is home to shibunkin, comets and
fantail goldfish, along with two catfish and several snails. Her water plants include
water lettuce, cattails, rushes, parrot's feather, horsetail and hardy water lily. Gold
Standard hostas flank the waterfall and retaining wall encircling lamb's ear, ferns,
caladiums, million bells and impatiens.
"Trussie loves to come home from work and look at
what's new," says Pam. "He was the one who moved us to get the waterfall pond.
We both enjoy the sound of the water and enjoy afternoons and evenings sitting outside
reading and listing to the soothing water.
"To further extend our enjoyment, we put in a bay
window, complete with window seat, which looks out over the pond. Now we can enjoy the
pond year-round, inside and out."