The pond surprises me

I've only had the pond for a month or two, but it's already surprising me.


I didn't expect much to be happening until the spring when I start planting, the toads and frogs start using the pond (hopefully), and things warm up. But I've been surprised in several ways even now.

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First: algae.


I know we've been having a mild winter so far, but I didn't expect to see any algae until next year.



Second: deer love the pond.


Why does it appear that they're walking across it? I only see footprints leading in one direction.

Third: there are always little insects on the water's surface:


I need to get some of these under the microscope to see what they are.

Fourth: it's impossible to keep all of the leaves out of the water:



Finally, I never realized how beautiful a small sheet of water could be.




It mirrors the sky and surrounding trees so well, it's one of my favorite things to look at in the garden right now.

I really can't wait to continue working on this in the spring!

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Sylvanna  – (January 10, 2012 at 10:28 AM)  

Yay, a pond post! Maybe the deer bound away?

Gerhard Bock  – (January 10, 2012 at 11:28 AM)  

I like it, too. In fact, I wish it was in *my garden* :-).

Christine @ The Gardening Blog  – (January 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM)  

I agree with Gerhard - I wish this was in my garden!! I love your pond so much - even unplanted it is stunning - those reflections, the leaves ... just beautiful!

HolleyGarden  – (January 10, 2012 at 2:58 PM)  

Beautiful. I love ponds, but the way yours reflects the trees is lovely. I bet if you watch carefully, you'll be able to catch that deer drinking out of it!

Uros  – (January 10, 2012 at 3:32 PM)  

when you will put plantzs inn fore first few weeks you will have a lot of alge but when balance in wather will take his role, wather will be as clean as crystal.

Lisa  – (January 10, 2012 at 9:06 PM)  

Wow! I was thinking "I hope Alan does a pond post soon" and look! Pond post! Yay! Water adds a whole new element to the garden, in every season. Maybe you'll catch those deer in the act one of these days!

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