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Thursday, July 16, 2009

The pond in July.

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.
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27 comments:

  1. Your pond looks so relaxing and inviting. It gave me the case of the "I want's" as my husband puts it!

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  2. It looks lovely, I'm quite envious as my garden is too small for a pond. It must be so peaceful sitting down by the pond on a Summer's evening.

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  3. There is a local hosta extraordinaire here in our town. She actually grows hostas in water. They do well but I am not sure if all will grow that well in water or just some varieties. I am going to add one to my water pond soon to try it out. That fuschia is awesome! And I have to admit, I'll be googling lavatera as I do not know this plant. Ponds are most nice. The pond tour here will be Aug 22 and I suspect I'll be buying my ticket. Most folks with ponds like gardens too so it is a twofer. Have fun at the pool.

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  4. Have a fun day at the pool. Sounds so refreshing. The pond is fabulous and so full and colorful.

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  5. and what a wonderful jungle it is!! I have never seen a fuchsia so big....Have fun at the pool.

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  6. Hi Catherine~~ So beautiful! It looks like your fuchsia didn't fall (pun intended) victim to the rain. Mine were horizontal and haven't quite recovered yet. I love how your hostas drape over the pond's edge--very naturalistic. I love the juxtaposing of the round, flat lily pads with the narrow, vertical clump of reeds. The little wrought iron fence adds a nice touch as do your pots situated randomly. It looks like your pond water has the correct eco/pH-balance (?) as it is really clear. Love the fishes!

    I'm looking forward to August.

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  7. Catherine, I always like to visit your pond.

    Do you use a pump and filter?

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  8. Catherine, I so enjoyed your pond pictures. The fuschia is lovely! Wondering if I can manage one here in zone 6b. We are contemplating what kind of water feature to add to the garden. We have a few small fountains, but I want something larger. :) Your pool, with its beautiful blossoms is inspiring! ~~Rhonda

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  9. I adore your pond ,Catherine. Water hyacinth! I dream of growing that (and water lilies).I learnt yesterday that I could however grow a lotus in a large pot or tub...so Im investigating this further ;-)

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  10. Looks really pretty, I love the fucshia. Last summer we were up your way on Orcas Island, I am so longing to hear that lapping water of the Puget Sound this time of year!

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  11. I never tire of looking at your flowers. I think if I was a neighbor I'd want to be strolling around them every day taking it all in. I'd probably be a real pain in your back side!!!
    I can't even begin to imagine having all of the flowers you do blooming all the time. I'd certainly think I'd died and gone to heaven!!!
    I haven't been on here much - a post here and there and that's about it. Trying to get this place done and once I get zapped by the heat I'm finished - I hate that!

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  12. Catherine, your pond is just beautiful! I love the native setting you have created for it and the beautiful scenery with lily pads, etc. Very lovely! And BTW, I wanted to let you know that I purchased my own domain name and am officially a dot com. So change your reader to www.GardeningWithMissDaisy.com. I hope to continue to see you around.

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  13. Like Susie, I love the fucshia. It's all just so pretty and relaxing to look at even though for you I know you put a lot of hard work into it.

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  14. I just love your pond. It is so beautiful. I can't wait to see the hyacinth bloom.

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  15. Everything looks so exuberant and colourful! I love the hostas at the edge of the pond. It's been so wet here, my hostas are practically in water, unintentionally!

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  16. I just love your pond, maybe some day I'll have one too!

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  17. The fuschia is awesome!! You have a beautiful pond.

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  18. It's hard to believe it's been dry! :)

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  19. Grace - We didn't get the rain you had, just a light sprinkling.

    Prospero - I do have a pump and filter, nothing fancy though. Both are submersible and at the bottom of the pond.

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  20. Your pond photos look great such detail and the planting so interesting

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  21. Catherine, Your pond and everything around it is just beautiful. I can just imagine how much you must enjoy it! Even little pot-ponds can sport water hyacinths... they are breathtakingly delicate. Have a great day! :-)

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  22. Your pond is a magical place! I've got to hurry on the computer so I can take my kiddos to Target to try to find a fun water toy (squirt guns? slip n slide?) as promised. Enjoy your day.

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  23. What a beautiful area. Your work has paid off. I do remember some of your earlier shots and it is amazing how lush and full the plantings are looking. I am jealous of your waterlily. That is great.

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