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The Swamp Spring Clean & New Plants

Category: Water Garden | Posted: Sun May 18, 2008 7:20 am

Well..the swamp is clean! Boy is that a job, it about kills me every year but it's worth it after I recoup.

Both fish survived the winter but Bud the Bullfrog didnt. Bud was cool too and provided many entertaining moments for two seasons. I dont know what happened, he was alive in January but by March he was floating. My nephew, Jameson, brought over a bag of 10 new tadpoles so hopefully we'll have frogs this summer. Excuse me, I mean Jameson will have frogs this summer! I have to tell all the other nephews those are Jamesons frogs..Jameson said.

My lily pot was looking good after I cleaned all the nasty out of it. They've multiplied to 5 plants now. I probably should have transplanted them this spring but it didnt happen. I'll be kicking myself later if it doesnt bloom.

Can you see one of the big tadpoles in the lily pot?

My youngest son gave me a gift certificate to a nursery for Mothers Day. I picked out 3 new not so typical pond plants. I hope they do ok. If anyone else has tried these in their water garden I'd love to hear how they worked out. Since these can take some wet feet I drilled holes around the bottom of the pots and try to keep the tops above water level. Buying these as perennials instead of 'pond plants' was quite cheaper per plant. As an example..these perennials were $4.99 each and I also bought a Dwarf Bamboo which was labled a pond plant. The Dwarf Bamboo was $19.99. It's just something about the word 'pond' that inflates that price...

The Astilbe

Blue Lobelia


Huge Petunia basket atop the waterfall

The big picture w/ Jameson, isnt he short?

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Droopy wrote on Sun May 18, 2008 7:25 am:

Congratulations on your clean-up. I'm so sorry about your bullfrog, and I hope those tadpoles of yours... er, of Jamesons, sorry, will grow into healthy frogs. Good luck with your plant experiment, I know how it goes. Put "pond" or "horse" on anything and the price doubles or more.


kaseylib wrote on Sun May 18, 2008 12:57 pm:

How true about the "pond price" being inflated. Good luck with your new baby frogs and plants. I've never tried Astilbe in my pond, although I know it likes moist soil. I've had great luck with Siberian Iris and the perennial red-flowering Lobelia. During the winter, I place their pots at the bottom of my pond, and then I bring them up into the shallows come spring.

How big is your pond? Looks wonderful from your pictures.


petunia wrote on Sun May 18, 2008 1:35 pm:

Sorry to hear about the bull frog. We have 2. My daughter calls them king (the biggest one) and queen (the medium one). we also have about a dozen fish. could you post picts of you whole pond? I really like to see it. Your plants look wonderful.


Joann wrote on Mon May 19, 2008 9:24 pm:

kaseylib, I have a preformed's little. It would be a puddle compared to others. I'd say it holds 150 gallons of water.

Petunia, you would ask for a picture of the whole There's a reason I take closeups..that's because closeups dont show my messes and unfinished projects!

I took this yesterday when my nephew came over to check on his tadpoles. You'll see why I do macro shots : ) (couldnt add the pic to my comment so I'll add it to the bottom of this blog post)


tschnath wrote on Tue May 20, 2008 2:02 am:

It looks great Joann. Nice work. Someday I'll have a pond, but it's not in the cards right now. I'm sorry about your frog, but am hoping the new tads do well for you. Jamesons a cutie.

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