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The Swamp Spring Clean & New Plants
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...
Huge Petunia basket atop the waterfall
The big picture w/ Jameson, isnt he short?
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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.
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.
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.
kaseylib, I have a preformed pond..it's little. It would be a puddle compared to others. I'd say it holds 150 gallons of water.
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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