Backyard Pond

Discussion of backyard pond, frogs, goldfish and plants.

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.

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.