Backyard Pond

Discussion of backyard pond, frogs, goldfish and plants.

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.

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.