Monday, May 14, 2007

Pond progress

Mary had asked for some pond pics and we've done a bit of work lately so that I'm not so embarrassed to share photos. The filter's been running for a few weeks after the major cleanout we did and the 20 or so fish are back in the pond. This past weekend we finally bought a few plants and that has made a world of difference in how the pond looks! We bought some parrot's feather and a sensitive fern, some rushes, and a pickerel plant, and some elephant ears. We also bought a few of the *floaters* to offer some shade until we buy any waterlilies. The floating heart that grew last year as a volunteer has started sending out shoots and the mint that grows in the rocks is already out of control! This year I would really like to work on planting the edges of the pond; other than a few hostas, daylilies, and some monarda, nothing much that I've planted in the past has been able to survive. The pond is in full sun for most of the day and those rocks really heat up! I haven't spotted the frog since we did the cleanout, but I'm sure he's lurking there somewhere.

14 comments:

Body Soul Spirit said...

Your pond looks lovely, Laura. Are they a lot of work to maintain throughout the season?
Ruth

Mary said...

It's beautiful, Laura. This is the first photo I've seen of your pond in springtime. I never have good luck with plants...my pond get full sun, too. I need to work on it.

That frog wlll return soon because they know when they have it good! Do you sit, listen, and watch often? I do, especially in the evenings when I can watch a little toad porn. Tee hee

It's hard work but worth it. Lovely photo :o)

KGMom said...

Oh how pretty. When I read about your pond, or Mary's--I say to my husband: we should have a pond. He says--NO. See, we do have a pool & that takes a lot of work, cleaning, balancing chemicals, etc.
So I will admire ponds from afar.

Laurie said...

That is gorgeous. You have done a lot to it and it really shows. Nice work!

Liza Lee Miller said...

We have a creek behind our house so I can't talk my husband into any sort of a water feature either. Sigh. Yours is lovely! Share lots of pics, please!

Jayne said...

Your pond looks wonderful Laura! So serene and peaceful...

mon@rch said...

So glad Mary suggested it! Wonderful pond and I think it looks great!

Kelly said...

This is so beautiful. It calms me just looking at it.

burning silo said...

It's a beautiful pond. It already has a tranquil feel to it.

Lynne said...

So pretty Laura- your hard work shows. I'd want to sit nearby with a book and iced tea! (and my bins of course!)

Anonymous said...

I agree with Lynne. A book, cold iced tea, bins, the pond, some cool birds, great plants, ahhhh. Save me a spot, too.

Your pond is so beautiful.

Heather
Wayne, PA

Susan Gets Native said...

WE WANT FROG PORN.

I still want a pond. But I want something that is natural and un-fussed with. Is it harder to "maintain" a pond like yours, or is it asking for trouble to have one that is completely natural and unfiltered?

Cathy said...

It's a vernal pool for fairies.

(Susan is ornery. Tisk. Tisk. :0)

TDharma said...

your pond looks like an idylic spot to laze away the afternoon...inspiring.