Backyard Pond

Discussion of backyard pond, frogs, goldfish and 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.

Monday, March 09, 2015

The Possum and Squirrel

 Two more critters in the snow.  The first is a blurry Possum running in the front yard.  The second in a Squirrel who looks like he is ready for football season.  He is right there in a three point stance as if ready to run through the line.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Cats in the Snow

 I've had the camera out for three weeks taking pictures of creatures in the snow.  Several nights apart we captured pictures of neighborhood cats.  The first picture is a striped cat(at least I think it is a cat).  The second looks like a pure white cat.  He has the perfect camouflage for hunting in the snow.  Too bad they didn't walk by a little further from the camera so I could get a better picture. 

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Snow Blast Art

 Our outdoor furniture became snow art after all the snow a three days ago.  Three items on the table created a multi-level display after the snow ended.  And the dogs new black rubber water bowl was very interesting.  I guess since it was black rubber, it held the heat better than other stuff.  The snow melted as it fell into the bowl creating a seven inch hole in the snow.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Snow Blast Cherry Tree

 Our small Cherry tree's branches were coated with snow but it is still standing tall.  Meanwhile the snow piled up on and beside the fence blocking the gate.  It will take some shoveling before we're able to open the gate.  The cold is continuing and though there has been a little melting, the snow hasn't gone anywhere.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Snow Blast Blanket

 Yesterday's snow storm created a winter wonderland with the 9 inches of snow.  The wet snow stuck to and coated everything it came into contact with.  We were lucky that the temperature rose to the mid 30s so much of the snow on the trees dropped off by late afternoon and we didn't have any large branches break off.  Unfortunately today's temperature may not even get to freezing so the snow isn't going anywhere for the next few days.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Snow Blast Two

 Another blast of snow from Mother Nature.  This snow storm is even bigger than the one last week.  We have already had 7 inches and the snow is still coming down.  This weeks snow is much damper than last week so is sticking to everything.  Our Japanese Maples and other plants on the front porch are overloaded with snow.  The forecast is for the snow to continue for at least two more hours so maybe up to 10 inches total.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Wicked Cold Weather

 The snow hasn't gone anywhere and it has been wicked cold getting down to almost zero this morning.  I don't think I've ever seen the pond this frozen before.  Luckily the aerator is keeping a hole in the ice for gasses to escape so the Goldfish should be ok come spring.  They are predicting some warmer weather and perhaps some rain this weekend which should prompt some thawing.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Solar Panels After Sun

 After clearing as much snow as I could reach, mother nature came through with a partly cloudy sky.  The sun peaked in and out of the clouds for about 4 hours and the temperature rose to freezing.  That allowed the solar panels to get rid of the snow and take full advantage of what sun was available.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Solar Panels Fight the Snow

 After 4 to 6 inches of snow last night, the solar electric and solar water heater panels on the roof are covered with a bunch of snow.  I got my 8 foot ladder and swimming pool brush that can extend to about 20 feet and went to work.  The temperature was about 20 degrees but at least the wind wasn't blowing.  I wanted to get them cleared so the sun could complete the task if it came out as predicted.  The task takes about an hour and hurts arm and shoulder muscles a bunch.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New Magnolia Volunteer

 The Butterfly bushes got their annual haircut this weekend.  We hope they come back in full glory this summer.  While cleaning up from the ice storm and cutting down the bamboo that didn't spring back, I found a new volunteer Magnolia tree.  I cleaned up all the scrub around it so with luck it will grow into a tall tree.  We thought we only had one Magnolia tree so it is nice to see another one sprout.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Two More Ice Pictures

 Here are the last two pictures from the ice storm a couple of days ago.  Another shot of the poor drooping bamboo leaning on the ground.  The good news is the ice has all melted and some of the bamboo has popped back up about half way so it is still bent but not touching the ground.  There are at least 5 bamboo trees that broke so will have to be cut down.

Friday, January 16, 2015

More Ice Pictures

 The ice storm was rough on a bunch of our plants.  One of our Butterfly bushes had a thin coating of ice covering every branch and leaf.  Luckily it was leaning on the deck so it didn't break down to the ground.  Further back in the yard, our lone Magnolia tree also had a coating of ice with ice cycle hanging from the branches and leaves.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wicked Ice Storm

 Yesterday we woke up to a coating of ice on everything.  The bamboo in the back yard took this especially hard.  These bamboo trees are about 50 feet tall and they are bent all the way to the ground.  Some of the trunks have already split and I suspect most will not be able to stand up tall again.  When the weather warms, I'll have a lot of bamboo to cut down to get it out of the yard.