Here's how the pond is looking mid October:
The Pickerel Weed still has a few blooms on it. I haven't grown it before this summer, so I guess I'll cut it all back when it's done blooming. I've scooped out the Water Lettuce and Water hyacinth since they were turning yellow. I know the first frost will turn them black and they quickly sink into the pond.
I stood up and angled the camera down here. I've cleaned the filter a couple of times recently and added Crystal Pond (a natural enzyme that breaks down the sludge in the bottom of the pond) and the water has really cleared. The fish are still very active, swimming around the edges looking for bugs and algae.
I planted some 'Pandora's Box' Pansies in the planter behind the angel. I think next year I will turn this planter into a mini bog garden. It dries out so quickly and I can't keep it watered enough. My plan is to remove the dirt. Line it with pond liner. Poke holes in the bottom, then layer gravel over the holes. Then I'll replace the soil. It'll be fun to try growing a few new types of plants there.
Looking back from the other side through the Japanese Blood Grass. I can't wait until it fills in this area a bit more. It already looks pretty as the wind blows through it.
I think by the November post there will be few if any lily pads left and not much going on inside the pond.