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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Pond in March.

The pond is beginning to show some more signs of Spring now. The waterlilies are sending up some new pads and the miniature cattails are sending up a few green shoots as well. I haven't seen any signs of life from the Pickerel Weed yet, hopefully it's coming back. There have been no recent visits from the Heron, but we did see a raccoon at the pond a few weeks ago. It was in no hurry to leave when it realized I was standing on the deck. Many people around our neighborhood have noticed an increase in raccoons during the day and a couple of my friends have them nesting in trees by their yards. Hopefully they won't be hanging out at the pond too often.

I love how the neighbors Forsythia provides a nice bright backdrop. The birds like to sit in that shrub between visits to the bird feeders. After cleaning out the bird house behind the pond with the bees nest in it, no birds have moved in as of yet. This would only be the second year in about 10 years that no Chickadees have nested there. Hopefully a pair will still move in. I have been watching a pair of Spotted Towhees that I think must have a nest somewhere in the yard or right over the fence.

Deutzia 'Chardonnay Pearls' is covered in the pearl like flower buds.

A strange looking tulip bud right behind the pond. Many of the tulips from this bag have had mushy brown flower buds and this flower is looking a bit deformed as well. I've never had this happen and the rest of the tulips in the yard look fine. Very strange.

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Just for fun I took a short video of the pond. I tried to zoom in on a little orange goldfish that was nibbling algae. In the background you might be able to hear the Littlest Gardener singing while she was running around.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! May you find lots of new Spring growth in your gardens today!
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35 comments:

  1. Beautiful,beautiful! I am hoping to domy vegetable garden today. As of now, I have nothing blooming, but it is going to obe warmer.

    Eileen

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  2. I am so jealous of your pond!! Just becareful about the raccoons, from my experience if you see them in the daylight, most likely they are carrying rabies and if they are rapid they will attack just about anything, humans, pets and even vehicles. Just please be careful and you might want to contact dept. of wildlife. Just don't want anyone being attacked!

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  3. Your neighbors forsythia does look pretty behind the pond.It looks pretty reflected in the pond. I am sure some birds will take up residency in your bird house yet. I could see that little orange goldfish swimming around. I hope it stays far away from the fishing raccoon. Your lime colored heuchera looks so pretty in front of the pond. I could hear Sweetpea singing LOL!

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  4. Odd..the tulips, hopefully not too many will be on the funky side :) Your pond is very soothing..I'm looking forward to hearing more about it as the seasons change.

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  5. Dear Catherine, The weblog is alive with the Sound of Music....Julie Andrews eat your heart out!! [lol]

    The pond is looking lovely and in a few weeks will, I am sure, be absolutely glorious. I thought your Deutzia very attractive indeed.

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  6. What a beautiful spring view of your pond. I do love the reflection of the yellow forsythia in the water. Makes me want to add a pond badly.

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  7. Lovely pond, sweet little singing gardener too. Raccoons have been 'pooping' in our huge birdbath so we've kept it emptied now because of that.

    Hope your raccoon population is taken care of soon.

    Happy Spring gardening ~ FlowerLady

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  8. I love hearing the music of your water and the chanting too! Lovely Lovely!! Happy St. Paddy's Day to you! ;>)

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  9. What a sensational post, truly impressive! I am new to blogging, I am so pleased I dropped in, love your blog!

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  10. That forsythia sure is in a great spot. I do hear the Littlest Gardener. So sweet.

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  11. Yes, your pond has transformed from its icy state not too long ago! It's really pretty. The forsythia is a favorite of mine!

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  12. The video of your pond with the water and reflections is just spectacular. How peaceful. What a wonderful setting. The tulip is lovely. We have raccoons here as well but they only come out at night.

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  13. I do so miss having a pond, and watching it change with the seasons. Yours is lovely, and I agree, that Forsythia is perfect in the background. If the neighbors ever cut it down, you'll have plant one!

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  14. Happy birds, happy fish and a very contented little girl by the sound of it....so a happy mom too I guess. I love sharing your garden, thank you.

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  15. My goodness...everything looks so tidy. Your neighbors Forsythia is the first one I've seen in bloom this year. Keep telling myself to get one for spring color...one of these days.

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  16. We had the missing chickadee thing happen a couple of years ago. I thought it was because I forgot to clean the nest box out, so I ran out to do so, with gloves on of course. As I reached in to grab the "old" materials out, thankfully I glanced down at the pile because hidden underneath the initial layer were 5 of the palest, tiny salmon-colored chickadee eggs. Oops. They nested on the sly. Back into the box they went and were no worse for the wear. Glad I wore gloves. They fledged all five that summer.

    Christine in Alaska

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  17. Catherine, You just made my heart happy. What a beautiful spot for pulling up a seat and just thinking grateful thoughts. :-)

    Have a great day!

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  18. I enjoyed the video Catherine. That forsythia does look pretty. I've seen a few in bloom here and the Bradford pears are really looking pretty right now.

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  19. Wow...super lovely !!And yay..it was so fun to see a video..awesome! Beautiful!
    Kiki~

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  20. Oh so wonderful!Son et lumiere show!

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  21. The forsythia looks beautiful reflected in your pond.

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  22. Hi Catherine - how beautiful. Today I spent some time looking at our pond. We couldn't stand it, we pulled out a few of the ice sheets. We had a warm day. I am looking forward to the pond cleanup and putting in the pump! Sounds like work, but it is fun work - G

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  23. The forsythia's reflection in the pond is a jewel!

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  24. I love your pond, Catherine. The fountain looks cool. Curious to see it in summer.

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  25. I always enjoy visits to your pond, it is such a beautiful spot in your garden. I do hope the raccoon does not come around again and try to get your fish.

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  26. I played the vid! It's a warmer weather sound, the trickling water.

    Isn't forsythia great. I love it.
    Mines not flowering yet, hopefully any day soon.

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  27. Hi Catherine, Thank you for stopping by my blog!! I love getting comments, I am newbie and it just tickles me, your comments were just so kind. I am addicting blogging now!

    Nancy's Notes

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  28. So cute, the littlest gardener singing. Such a happy sound. :-)

    Your pond is looking wonderful. I've been removing one side of my ugly panels and I noticed the fish being a bit more active too. With the panels on, the water temp is about 60! I've been wondering if I should sprinkle a little food in there? However, it's supposed to snow tonight and tomorrow so I'm holding off for now. I love the sound of your waterfall. I can't wait to hook up my fountain and hear that here again too.
    Your garden is gorgeous right now. I love the photo with the lantern in it for your GBBD post. Something so appealing about it! Happy Spring!!

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  29. Your pond is looking so nice. The yellow forsythia and the wood fence look amazing together.

    We still have ice on our lakes. Doesn't that make you want to come visit?

    donna

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  30. Very nice pond! It looks quite relaxing.

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  31. I enjoyed listening to your pond! Things are really coming to life in your garden, and your neighbor's forsythia is a sunny welcome to spring. I am sure the birds are going to enjoy your garden as much as you.

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  32. love your pond! i'm very jealous.... my dogs would probably drowned themselves in it if I made one! :)

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  33. I love it when children sing, Catherine. The sound of your water gurgle is almost as lovely as Littlest Gardener.

    It seems that raccoons come in cycles. Every few years their numbers spike, then dwindle. I hope they don't wreak havoc with your pond. I finally took to covering my patio pond with chicken wire attached to long 2x2 sticks. The outer pond is still vulnerable though.

    Beautiful photos as usual Catherine.

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  34. Catherine girl !
    I also have Chardony Pearls D. , in fact two of them (I do that with a plant I like .. sort of insurance if one should expire ? LOL) I love how they look with "pearls" and with those amazing star shaped flowers : ) I love your pond !! I would love to have on in our back garden .. I would do just about anything to bring in some frogs or toads to live there .
    All of your garden is gorgeous : )

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  35. Of course you're ahead of us with your garden plants. We just cut down our cattails. But soon we'll see some growth.

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