Backyard Pond

Discussion of backyard pond, frogs, goldfish and plants.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Mystery Critter

 A couple of nights ago, the camera caught a picture of a mystery critter in the front yard.  Too bad the picture isn't clearer so it would be easier to identify this critter.  The bushy  tail and pointed snout looks a lot like a raccoon but the tail doesn't have the usual stripes.  Hopefully this critter will stay in the front yard and leave the back yard to us.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Two Bucks Staying Up Late

 Last week we captured a number of late night deer pictures.  Over a couple of hours, these two different Bucks wandered in front of the camera.  They stopped long enough to get a fairly clear picture of their growing antlers.  The second guys antlers seem to have a different form than the first guy who's antlers look more normal.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Buck and Doe

 Another picture of the Buck that has been hanging around this year.  His antlers are continuing to grow.  Here he is hanging around with the Doe.  I hope he still comes around when his antlers are fully developed so we can see how majestic they look.  Meanwhile our Poppers we planted last year are producing a bunch of flowers this year.  They are quite beautiful with the bright orange colors.  We bought two more that we planted behind these to increase the coverage.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Beautiful Mimosa Tree

 The Chocolate Chip Mimosa tree we moved last fall to the middle of the front yard is doing quite well.  We were afraid it wouldn't survive the move because of the large root that was cut during the transplant.  But here it is producing several delicate pink and white flowers and spreading it's leaf covered branches just as we hoped it would.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Here Comes the Elephant Ears

 The Elephant Ears in the back yard survived the cold winter and are coming back up in May.  Last fall we dug up the Elephant Ears in the front yard when we moved the Mimosa tree and stored them in the garage for the winter.  About three weeks ago, we planted them around the pump in the front yard and they are emerging.  We are hoping they will brighten up the area around the pump this summer.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Yucca's Bloom

 The Yucca's are blooming like crazy.  The display in the front yard is beautiful.  One bed has four six foot tall flower stalks and the other has two.  Last year we only had one blooming and that was only a year after we transplanted the Yuccas.  I know it is too much to wish for but it would be nice to repeat this year after year.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Deer are Back

 We've started seeing the deer again and some of the cutest critters ever are the babies.  Here is a baby framed by our iron fence.  Below are two female deer and a young buck  nibbling on some grass in the front yard.  These three seem to wander together frequently.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Yucca Surprise

 Last year we were so excited to get a Yucca flower stalk.  This year is incredible with six Yucca flower stalks and a Mimosa tree coming back strong.  The first picture show the Mimosa tree with four Yucca flower stalks around it.  In the background you can see two more Yucca flower stalks in the bed with the two Magnolias.  After last years Yucca flower, the plant put our six babies.  We potted four of them and two are looking pretty good.  We'll plant them in a couple of week and hope they do as well as their parent.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Box Turtle Rescue

 Earlier this week I walked by the gate to the back yard and saw a strange site.  A baby box turtle had gotten in a serious predicament.  Apparently he was trying to get through the fence by climbing over the bottom bar and through one of the holes in the chain link fence.  The poor thing was stuck with both front and back feet off the ground and was unable to go forward or back.  I pulled him back through the fence and sent him on his way.  Meanwhile over by the water barrels, I grabbed the hose to water some potatoes and a gray colored frog came along for the ride.  He didn't jump off until I put the hose back in its usual place.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Clematis and Pink Lady Slipper

 This is the best year for our Clematis next to the shed door yet.  The flower are huge and opening wide.  It is just gorgeous.  Too bad the display will only last about 2 weeks.  Meanwhile up in the woods our Pink Lady Slipper plants came back.  Unfortunately we didn't get as many as past years.  Maybe the cold winter had an effect on these interesting plants. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Caterpillars Are Out

 We have a tree in the back yard that attracts caterpillar nests and there are a bunch this year.  The nest have started spilling the caterpillars all over the yard.  But some seem attracted to a hanging flower pot sitting next to the shed.  In the first picture they are coating the top of the hook and the second they are massing on one side of the pot.  These things really creep out my wife.  Hope they finish their life cycle soon.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Beautiful Kwanzan Cherry Tree

 If you look back two years, this Kwanzan Cherry tree was much smaller.  It has grown nicely in the past two years and is producing a wonderful display of flowers.  Meanwhile the Rhododendron we planted in a pot on the front patio rewarded us with a full covering of flowers.  The Rhododendrons planted next to the fence haven't bloomed yet.  The pot must have warmed much faster than the ground.  The other night we finally had frog night - about a month later than last year.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Wild Ferns Uncurl

 Another interesting springtime adventure involves the various wild ferns we have growing around the yard.  As they emerge from the ground, the leaves are all curled up.  They slowly uncurl exposing the leaves until they look like a normal fern leaf.  The first picture is a fern just starting to uncurl and the second is one that is almost done.  Very interesting plants.

Monday, April 13, 2015

May Apples Crop

 In the past week several bunches of May Apples have popped up around the yard.  It is interesting how bunches of these plants are scattered around the yard widely separated from each other.  Soon they will be sporting beautiful white flowers under the canopy of leaves above.  In the second picture you can just see the flower bud below the leaves.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Saucer Magnolia Blooms

 Our Saucer Magnolia are blooming again.  The color is quite lovely as spring starts.  This year after the blooms fade, I plan to remove the fence that has been keeping the deer out.  I hope the deer don't develop a taste for these plants.  They are supposed to be deer resistant.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

New Eggs in the Small Pond

 Yesterday I decided to clean leaves and algae from the ponds and there wasn't any problem in the large pond.  But I was surprised to see a bunch of frog eggs on the small pond so I couldn't clean out the leaves.  There were two different species of frog laying eggs.  In the first picture are strings of black eggs and the second shows more of a white coloration to the strings of eggs.  Soon we'll have a bunch of tiny tadpoles swimming in the pond.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Spring is Coming

 We have been waiting for spring for a long time.  I expected frog night yesterday but there was only one young couple who thought the time was right.  The problem is they were 30 feet from the pond and laying eggs in the yard just won't work.  Meanwhile today the Star Magnolia in the front is blooming like crazy.  The picture doesn't do the display justice.  When you look at it the flowers are so bright white and fresh that it is really impressive. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Daffodils Bloom

 A sign that spring is on the way appeared last week with the Daffodils behind the shed blooming.  They are normally our first indication of spring.  In warmer winters, they have bloomed as early as February.  The next sign will frog night at the pond but that takes several days of warm weather which we have not yet experienced.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

New Windows

 After years of thinking about replacing our windows, we finally did it.  These are on the back of the house overlooking our cisterns that collect water from the roof.  We use the water to take care of the plants all summer so we don't have to use the house water.  The new windows looks so nice I'm going to have to make the cisterns look better.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Deer in the Snow

 As last weeks snow receded, a herd of deer wandered through the front yard.  Deer sightings this winter have been rare.  I guess the deer stay in the deeper woods during the winter so it was nice to see some of them are still around.