Apr. 5th, 2008 01:55 pm
azziria: (pond)
The pond we created last year has had frogs in it from time to time, but never a toad (in fact I've never seen a toad in this garden).

Yesterday, the pond not only held a toad, but also toadspawn!

Fingers crossed that it doesn't freeze during our cold snap this weekend, because having toadpoles in the pond would be very fine :-)


Jun. 22nd, 2007 01:16 pm
azziria: (pond)
Over the last couple of days the pond water has cleared - the speed with which this has happened verged on dramatic. At the start of the week we could see no further than perhaps a centimetre below the surface, whereas today I can almost see the bottom.

Now that we can see what's in there, the abundance of life is amazing. To go in just a few weeks from a bare new pond to this is truly a wonder. We have pond skaters (two adults and many tiny ones), water beetles (at least two types), mosquito larvae (inevitably), some tiny fast-swimming larvae with three-pronged tails that I'm pretty sure are damselfly larvae (plus I've seen two species of damselfly actually laying eggs in the pond), and thousands upon thousands of water fleas (the water is literally teeming with them - they may actually have helped to clear the water by consuming the algae).

Life is amazing - give it any sort of foothold and something will come along to use it.

Pond stuff

May. 18th, 2007 02:47 pm
azziria: (pond)
Put two more plants into the pond today - Dwarf Spearwort (Ranunculus flammula) and Water Crowfoot (Ranunculus aquatilis). I also put a couple of pond snails in - the pond has enough algae now for them to get started on.

The water is greening up, but that's a temporary thing, and now that the oxygenators have really got going the water should clear fairly soon.

We just need to sort out the rest of the edging, and then we can sit back and see what happens.


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