Monday, June 04, 2007

Images from the Garden

Birds spotted:
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Blue Jay
  • Crow
  • Eastern Bluebird (three chicks counted)
  • Grackle
  • Mourning dove
  • Nuthatch
  • Oriole
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Other Wildlife Spotted:

  • American Toad
  • Chipmunk
  • Green Frog
  • Grey Squirrel
  • Raccoon

Natives in bloom:

  • Canadian Anemone
  • Columbine
  • False Indigo
  • Harebell
  • Prairie Ninebark
  • Rue Anemone
  • Swamp Buttercup

Non-natives in Bloom:

  • Fuschia
  • Tuberous Begonia

Things I should have considered when I originally built the pond:

  • How to do it all with one piece of tarp
  • Where all pumps, accessories, power cords, and hoses would go, and how they would be rigged and concealed.
  • How I planned to hide the pond tarp (on the rebuild, I excavated a submerged shelf for boulders).
  • How to better integrate it with the patio/deck/surrounding landscape
  • The specific needs of wildlife that might be interested in it (frogs that require oxygen-rich water for hibernation)
  • Learned more about fish. Turns out that, given the correct circumstances, you can add a number of fish to your pond, including minnows, guppies, and swordtails.

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