It's starting to look like a tropical jungle around the pond right now, even with the warm and dry weather we've had. I thought I'd take a monthly picture of the pond since I took one just one month ago to watch the changes.
Normally there is a large lavatera blooming against the fence, but unfortunately it died this winter. I thought it was coming back, but it never did. I've replaced it, but so far the new lavatera hasn't grown enough to make an impact.
From this lower angle you can see how much the lilypads are filling in. I try to remove the yellow ones that I can reach. The 'Sioux' waterlily seems to be the one producing the majority of blooms. This picture was taken late afternoon so that's why they are beginning to close, also why the pictures are a little dark.
I was so excited to see that two Water Hyacinth have buds on them! I've only had one bloom, once, a long time ago. I tried to keep them in the sunniest corner of the pond to encourage them to flower. It looks like it's working.
There are a couple of buds on the Blue Pickerel Weed. They really do look this fuzzy.
Fuchsia magellanica is covered in flowers. I've been trying to keep it well watered now.
From the other direction you can see the Echinacea beginning to bloom here as well as the hostas practically growing into the pond. The apple tree is so loaded with apples it's bending down and has me a little worried about branches breaking.
The pond really adds a refreshing sight and sound this time of year. Today we're heading out to a pool for some really refreshing water.