Backyard Pond

Discussion of backyard pond, frogs, goldfish and plants.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cutest Tiny Frogs

 Last month as we started to prepare the plants for winter, we noticed some cute tiny green frogs snuggled in two of our pineapple plants.  We watched these plants for a couple of weeks and as near as we could tell the frogs would snuggle into the plants during the day and go hunting at night.  When we checked first thing in the mourning, the frogs were not in the plants but several hours later they were.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Elephant Ear Freeze

 The Elephant Ears look even worse than the Croton after the early November freeze.  Interestingly the first picture has two leaves still standing while the rest have wilted.  Those leaves wilted the next day so it just took them a little longer.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Croton Hates Early Freeze

 This year we only brought in one of our giant Croton plants and the one that stayed outside took a real beating when we had an early freeze.  Meanwhile the one that came inside is looking great sitting in front of the fireplace.  We cut back the one that stayed outside and put it in the garage for the rest of the winter.  We'll see if it comes back next spring.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Giant Bullfrog and Sunning Black Snake

 Last night while watering the plants around the pond we saw the biggest Bullfrog yet. This guy was happily sitting on one of our floating rocks and sat still for several pictures.  If he is one of the frogs from earlier this summer, he has been eating real good.  Meanwhile a couple of  weeks ago, we looked out the window and there was a Blacksnake sunning himself on the top of a Holly bush.  He had found a soft spot on some leaves lying on the bush and just curled up.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Cantaloupe Volunteer

 We mix our compost with garden soil in 20 gallon buckets to grow red potatoes.  This year two of the three buckets produced lots of potatoes but one surprised us.  Soon after planting the potatoes, a cucumber vine was growing very fast and produced many cucumbers.  Just a couple of weeks ago another vine emerged and a cantaloupe started to grow.  We are keeping our fingers crossed that it will grow to be a edible fruit.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Red Hot Poker Plants

 In our search for plants that deer won't eat, we found the Red Hot Poker.  And to our delight the deer have left these plants alone and they are blooming with very interesting orange-yellow flowers.  If the plants spread they should provide quite a display in the years to come.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Daytime Buck and Babies Step Up For Milk

 I think this may be the Buck with the beautiful antlers that we pictured at night last week.  He is a great looking creature.  We saw this Buck in the front yard with 3 other Bucks two days ago.  We've never seen so many Bucks together at one time. On a cuter note, the picture below shows the injured Deer with her two babies coming up for milk.  Momma's milk has to be much better than some grass from the front yard.  We're so happy to see Mom is able to overcome her injury and take care of these two babies.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Bunch of Babies

 It is certainly baby deer time in our neighborhood.  Here is the injured mom with her two youngsters framed in the background.  Below is another mom with her youngster in tow.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Deer at Midnight

 The camera caught a great nighttime picture of a Buck in the front yard last week.  I think this is the largest set of antlers we've ever seen in our neighborhood.  We've seen this Buck along with two younger Bucks around the neighborhood.  The second picture shows a mamma deer out with her two cute babies.  I guess she is showing the kids how to hunt for food at night.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Sunflower and Snake

 We were happy to find two volunteer Sunflower in the front yard.  I guess the birds planted them.  The first is blooming beautifully while the second in the background is almost ready.  Meanwhile when I was leaving the other day, I was surprised to see a 4 foot Black Snake hanging on the chain link fence.  He wasn't concerned about me as I took several pictures.  He had moved on by the time I returned. 

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Baby Deer Arrive

 I was surprised to see the badly injured deer I wrote about recently is a momma.  Here she is with her baby nearby.  Must be tough to nurse that injured leg and take care of the baby at the same time.  Meanwhile two other babies came by for their photo opportunity.  These little critters are so cute.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Beautiful Yucca Flower

 The Yucca is finally in full bloom.  It is a striking display.  I hope some of the other Yuccas in the bed will learn from this one and we can have multiple giant flower stalks next year.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Big Buck - Little Buck

 Here is a great picture of the big Buck we've been seeing recently.  Below is a little Buck who looks so young.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Poor Injured Deer

 For the past couple of weeks we've seen this poor deer with a broken right front leg.  You can see how disfigured the leg is in these pictures.  As she hobbles along, that leg just swings like the bone is broken through and it is just hanging on by skin and muscle.  I'd guess her long term outlook isn't good but she is trying to move around and keep nibbling on grass and plants.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Black Magic Coming Back

 Three weeks ago we took the Black Magic plants out of the greenhouse and put them in the pond.  While in the greenhouse, we allow them to die back and dry out completely.  To bring them back to life all we need is warm temperatures and water.  These plants are coming back strong again.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Yucca and Paw Paw Update

 In the past four weeks I posted pictures of our recently discovered Paw Paw fruit and developing Yucca flower stalk.  The Paw Paw fruit continues to grow and we searched nearby trees and found about 6 other fruits.  We are anxious to taste these if they ripen and none of the critters get them before we do.  The Yucca flower stalk is now six feet tall and it looks like it will have a bunch of flowers when it blooms. 

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The Buck and the Beautiful Deer

 A few days ago we had a large herd of deer spend some time in the front yard.  From all the pictures, we got a great picture of a buck with some nice looking antlers and a closeup of the beautiful piebald deer we have been watching for the past year.  The piebald was born last spring and we've been able to see this special deer every week or two since then.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Crotons Move Back Outside

 After spending a long cold winter in the house, we finally moved the Crotons back outside.  One looks really good while the other looks a little scrawny.  Now they will spend six months in the fresh air before starting the cycle again.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Elephant Ears Emerge

 I was worried that the brutal winter would kill our Elephant Ear plants but they are coming back.  It looks like they won't be any worse from the very cold temperatures.  We'll see if they get as large as past years and then we'll know there isn't any lingering damage.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Second Clematis Blooms

 Another Clematis is producing beautiful flowers in the backyard.  This one is growing on a tomato cage and has large flowers flowing down the sides of the cage.  This plant is one we moved a number of years ago and it is thriving.