Pond update

I want to jump ahead a couple of months into summer because the pond is progressing slowly right now. Still, I guess things are happening.

There's been a little bit of growth in the water plants, I've planted more things around the edge of the water, and more things live in the water itself now. Let's take a closer look.


The first thing I want to point out: tadpoles.

I've mentioned already that I found toad eggs in the water. I've found more:

Here's a newly-hatched tadpole (on the rock):

The body is so small in relation to the tail at that stage,  but that quickly changes.

The bees are still drinking from the pond every day:

There are so many maple seeds (helicopters) in the water:

I skimmed as many as I could off the water's surface, but we had some rains that sunk so many of them.

The water plants are doing okay, but aren't all taking off like I thought they would.

Water lily has a second leaf though:

Frogbit is looking more red than I think it should:

I'm pretty sure those leaves should be green, which indicates a lack of some sort of nutrient in the water.

The submerged plants are still alive, although they're so difficult to see right now:

I've been doing more planting around the perimeter of the pond too:

Some sedum to soften the rocks. Petasites japonicus for some perennial big-leaved impact:

I have a place for my few irises now:

I tucked a few mint cuttings into the pebbles just to see what happens:

This stuff seems to love growing in the stream, so I thought it might do well here too. We'll see. My goal is to have a lot of the spaces between the rocks filled with plants.

I added several grasses:

Little bluestem, prairie dropseed, 'Blue Zinger' sedge, and some little wild sedges that were growing in my yard -- they'll fill in and make a nice, grassy border. I'm going to be planting a big bluestem here soon too, once I figure out the exact spot for it, as it can get quite large. Not Miscanthus large, but a lot bigger than these other grasses.

Click for much larger view.

So that's a look at the pond right now. I really want to add some goldfish, but I've been waiting for frog mating season to pass. Goldfish may not eat toad tadpoles, but they surely will eat frog spawn.

I already spend so much time standing by the pond just watching the insects and tadpoles, the movement of the wind over the water. With goldfish in there I may never get my garden chores done!

Another update in a few weeks when I get finished with more planting.


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sandy lawrence –   – (April 27, 2012 at 8:29 AM)  

YaY! a pond update. Looking good, Alan. I really love that large leaved plant. It looks so at home beside the water and gives good contrast to all your bamboo. Looking forward to the next installment and legs on those tadpoles.

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (April 27, 2012 at 12:38 PM)  

I think it's looking great already! The plantings will make all the difference. I'm sure you've had your own experience with mint, but here it is super invasive IN DRY SOIL. Its ability to travel long distance is only surpassed by some particularly vigorous groundcover bamboos :-)

Christine  – (April 27, 2012 at 1:57 PM)  

Ah - that last photograph is stunning - its a lovely tranquil space, all lush and green and the pond is beautiful. I really love this scene :)

Anonymous –   – (April 27, 2012 at 8:07 PM)  

I am so jealous, your pond is gorgeous! Have you checked the pH of the water? With all of the dead plant matter, it's likely that's what's stunting the growth.

Anonymous –   – (April 28, 2012 at 8:37 AM)  

What a difference the plants make - it's like night and day with all the beautiful greenery added. I also think the large-leafed (ginger-like)plant is fantastic and the iris is perfect there. Great job!

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