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(Zone 7a)


May 11, 2010
9:50 AM

Post #7783528

There are a total of 300 votes:


Fish
(31 votes, 10%)
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Frogs
(25 votes, 8%)
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Snakes
(0 votes, 0%)
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Snails
(3 votes, 1%)
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Some or all fo the above
(75 votes, 25%)
Red dot


Plants only - no wildlife
(9 votes, 3%)
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I don't have a pond
(157 votes, 52%)
Red dot


Previous Polls

GardenSox
Sacramento, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 11, 2010
9:51 AM

Post #7783533

Some day I'll have a pond, but for now it remains a drowning hazard for my little girl so I will continue to enjoy people's ponds through pictures on Dave's Garden.

lourspolaire

lourspolaire
Delray Beach, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 11, 2010
9:52 AM

Post #7783538

I do keep 4 African cichlids in my pond: pseudotropheus socolofi but they can not be considered wildlife. The rest is water plants: elephant ears, etc.

Sylvain.
2racingboys
Bartlett, TN
(Zone 7b)

May 11, 2010
9:55 AM

Post #7783543

We have comets & shubunkins with frogs, tons of tadpoles & lots of plants.

Kristy
WaterCan2
Eastern Long Island, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 11, 2010
10:31 AM

Post #7783650

No pond, don't want one either.
... too high maintenance, I have enough with the plants..
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

May 11, 2010
11:03 AM

Post #7783726

I don't have a pond right now, but am seriously considering putting one in. I'd love to listen to the water and hearing frogs.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 11, 2010
12:42 PM

Post #7783953

In my small molded garden pond, I keep goldfish, frogs come on their own, and the occasional snake slithers through. My last batch of fish was entering its 3rd season with no fatalities, but about a week ago something ate half of them. They are only 15 cents apiece at the feed store, so not a huge investment, and some are quite beautiful.

We also have a large in-stream farm pond in our lower field which has all sorts of native wildlife - fish, clams, ducks, heron, eagles, kingfishers, blackbirds, tons of frogs, and even an occasional river otter family. We unfortunately also have beavers, which do no end of damage and flooding, but it's a perfect habitat for them so we try to coexist... I'm sure we have other mammals as well (deer, coons, possums, squirrels), but I don't ever see them, likely because there is acres of woods behind the pond for protection. We regularly hear the coyotes and owls, and occasionally spot them.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

May 11, 2010
1:07 PM

Post #7784036

[quote="2racingboys"]We have comets ...[/quote]

What sort of solar system do you have? ;-)
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 11, 2010
1:50 PM

Post #7784294

My pond is in the form of a disappearing fountain, created with a seven foot sugar kettle from Louisiana. No snakes, fish, nutria, beavers - only birds that like to sit on the lip and bathe.

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melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


May 11, 2010
2:09 PM

Post #7784359

That's the pond I want!

Beautiful!

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 11, 2010
6:20 PM

Post #7784962

ceejay, that is so beautiful! i'm blown away!

i answered all of them and here's one that wasn't mentioned...alligators. our pond is a small lake. i'll gladly trade for a sugar kettle!
SoCal
Huntington Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

May 11, 2010
6:38 PM

Post #7785031

Did you forget Turtles for voting?? lol I only have turtles right now as the herons have eaten all my fish!!
Jiny
Tokyo
Japan
(Zone 10a)

May 11, 2010
7:52 PM

Post #7785277

I would love to have a pond but with two young boys it's way over on the back burner!

mrs_colla

mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 11, 2010
9:21 PM

Post #7785458

In our climate I can't even keep a puddle! :-)
avianut
Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

May 12, 2010
4:37 AM

Post #7785753

Resin, you're tooo funny! :-)
zonkel
Florence, MS
(Zone 7b)

May 12, 2010
5:13 AM

Post #7785842

I'd love to have a pond, but I've used up most of my space with fruit trees ;-)
Susana Mc

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

May 12, 2010
5:25 AM

Post #7785868

We don't have a pond, but do have a vernal pool in the spring. (They dry up during the summer.) People have moved the rocks to drain it, afraid of the water onto their property. DH talked to the nearest neighbor about it & of course he was in 'not me' mode. DH explained what it was & asked if he saw anyone move rocks, let us know. No removal since. The pool is in our woody area near our lot line. People are so used to getting rid of water, that they don't understand that even small areas have their uses. We do have salamanders in the woods & certainly want to keep the small areas which incubate the eggs intact.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 12, 2010
5:34 AM

Post #7785894

Old pond was wore out. Started building new this spring. So far I have the top pond done with the waterfalls. Waiting on some supplies I ordered. On the right of the picture, will be a stream with very slow moving water, then onto the lower pond. I will use Goldfish in the pond. We keep them in the house in winter.
Snakes & frogs & other creatures will be welcome at their leisure.

Bernie

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melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


May 12, 2010
5:59 AM

Post #7785946

Are any of those rocks Kentucky rocks Bernie? (you ought to take some home this year if not.)
wannadanc
Olympia, WA

May 12, 2010
6:31 AM

Post #7786051

Wet raccoon footprints gave evidence of what happened to my fish!

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 12, 2010
7:05 AM

Post #7786156

I've got a new pond this year. Currently working on getting plants in around the pond.

Have comet and goldfish in there that we winter indoors, no plants yet for they are not being sold at the nurseries and garden centers yet and frogs are more than welcome whenever they would like.

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flowerfantasy
Washington, IN
(Zone 6a)

May 12, 2010
7:05 AM

Post #7786157

I voted no pond as of yet but we do have a small lake on the property and it has fish ,frogs ,turtles and ocassionally a snake or two wandering through. Lots of Catails and algae

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 12, 2010
7:06 AM

Post #7786159

another view

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beclu727

beclu727
Dacula, GA
(Zone 7b)

May 12, 2010
8:56 AM

Post #7786525

I so want a pond, but can't afford one yet. Do tadpoles in the rain barrel count. There are hundreds of them.

Becky

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TexasTam
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 12, 2010
8:59 AM

Post #7786531

My "pond" is a faux half whiskey barrel with a deerchaser bamboo fountain. The snails keep the sides clean of algae, so I welcome them. Would love to have a froggie in there, but it's probably not big enough. The big "pond" is a swimming pool that occasionally has humans (and the neighborhood mallard ducks) in it.

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mom2goldens
Carmel, IN
(Zone 5b)

May 12, 2010
4:55 PM

Post #7787840

We get the occasional frog, but the most frequent visitor to our pond was one of our golden retrievers. Once we decided to finally put the pond in, it was designed to be dog-friendly (translation: no plants or fish, and easily accessible steps to get in/out). There is no keeping most goldens out of the water, so we just had to go into it with that in mind. Here's a picture of Greta at age 15 in "her" pond.

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edgeoftheworld
Conneaut, OH
(Zone 5a)

May 12, 2010
5:06 PM

Post #7787871

Just a few goldfish.I put a few peices of 2" pvc pipe on the bottom.It gives the fish a place to hide from intruders.Edge

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 12, 2010
5:19 PM

Post #7787904

Melody, only Kentucky rock are the pair of bookends that Doug had on the door prize table. They sit on my chest of drawers.
All the rocks came off our place. Part of our field has lots! Even a Indian artifact now & then. A little hill above the creek where they must have camped on their journeys.

MiniPonyFarmer
Gilmer, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 12, 2010
5:28 PM

Post #7787933

Hmmmm ... do cows count as wildlife? Today we had one curly headed Hereford bathing in her pond. Sorry no picture of the bath but here is her curly headed face.

CURLY SUE

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CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 12, 2010
5:31 PM

Post #7787940

Poor cow was probably needing a day at the beach!
FlipFlops
Brunswick , GA
(Zone 9a)

May 12, 2010
8:28 PM

Post #7788529

I don't have a pond...just ditches with lots of frogs, some turtles and probably a snake or two that I don't want to know about. I don't think I want a pond because I would probably have an alligator and I don't want one of them either. A man down the street has a pond and a gator killed his dog!!
heathrjoy
Weedville, PA
(Zone 6a)

May 12, 2010
9:39 PM

Post #7788662

The pond here has frogs and frogs and frogs...the peepers are loud enough to keep you up at night! There are also fish, but the eating kind of fish. (I know I may get kinda slammed for this...but I'll admit it anyway...) We have caught local catfish and brought them home. This is my first year of tending this pond and I've been told by DBF to "just watch it for a year and see what it does before doing anything." The pond is freshwater fed and it drains out to a river...so no Koi or Fancy Goldfish for me...no plants that are not native. It also sometimes goes almost dry. That's why the catfish...they can survive almost anything...but if the pond goes dry there will be an early feast, I don't care what anyone tries to tell me!!!

There are Iris, Pussy Willow, Daylilies, Roses and Sedum growing wild in and on the edge of the pond. I plan on adding to them, but using them where they are happily growing now.

There are also snakes around here, but not specifically in the pond...just around the woods. I do wonder if they will wander down to the pond's edge later in the year. I guess that's part of the DBF's "watch and learn" for a year strategy.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

May 13, 2010
2:38 AM

Post #7788827

What type of iris? If it is 'yellow flag' ( I. pseudacorus) make sure to pick off any seed pods so that it does not spread.
TexasTam
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 13, 2010
8:49 AM

Post #7789600

Mom2goldens - what an adorable picture!

We adopted a 6-year-old golden last August and have found him to be a fabulous dog. Doesn't seem to like the swimming pool much, though, so we don't press it.
FlipFlops
Brunswick , GA
(Zone 9a)

May 13, 2010
1:22 PM

Post #7790384

Mom2goldens - she looks like a golden we once had names Peaches, who also loved the water. They are the greatest and most loving dogs!!! I love your picture!
heathrjoy
Weedville, PA
(Zone 6a)

May 13, 2010
1:44 PM

Post #7790439

IrisMA, not sure what kind of Iris it is yet, I haven't seen the blooms as of yet. I just recognize the unmistakable foliage. I'm kinda excited to see what kind it is. I'd love it if it spread...anywhere it wants to. I only know a little about Iris...just enough to grow some unfussy ones...I'm surprised these are growing and looking so great with their rhizomes being right in the water's edge (sometimes they are submerged, sometimes not, but always in very wet soil). If memory serves, is it LA Iris that is good in ponds? Maybe that's what it is. We'll see before too long!

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

May 13, 2010
1:47 PM

Post #7790442

I hope that it is a LA
BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

May 13, 2010
1:57 PM

Post #7790462

Love my frogs!

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BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

May 13, 2010
1:58 PM

Post #7790463

Love my Koi!

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 13, 2010
2:16 PM

Post #7790499



I have toads and tadpoles, but also shubunkin and regular goldfish. Herons and bad ownership killed my koi. I also have an abundance of large dragonflies in the summer, so their nymphs are in the water now.
Our new terrier puppy is facinated with the toads so we can't wait until the wee ones start jumping out of the pond.
I love everyone's pictures!! Ceejay...that water feature is awsome!!!
Beahive...Bullfrogs eat fish. Not sure if that is a bullfrog but it has a fairly big mouth!

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McCool
Millbury, MA
(Zone 5a)

May 13, 2010
3:07 PM

Post #7790636

No pond -- just a swamp in back of the neighbor's house!

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

May 13, 2010
4:23 PM

Post #7790793

yummy, mosquitos!
BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

May 13, 2010
4:38 PM

Post #7790831

It is a bull frog and I have not had any problems with them eating my koi. Guess they get enough bugs to eat or the koi are to big now for them to be eaten by the koi. :)
McCool
Millbury, MA
(Zone 5a)

May 13, 2010
5:19 PM

Post #7790946

Yeah, Iris, I sure know about those, but the protected wetlands at least keep away an even more pesky nuisance -- more neighbors!
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 13, 2010
5:33 PM

Post #7790995

Goldfish and a plant. Bears and raccoons took care of the koi and waterlilies. I do have frogs and toads.

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temafilly
Oconomowoc, WI
(Zone 4b)

May 14, 2010
10:50 AM

Post #7792577

Hello All,
We don't have a pond YET! But our ground is sufficiently moist enough to support large toads and tiny thumbnail-size frogs. It helps that I make homes for them - biological warfare on the slugs!
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

May 14, 2010
10:59 AM

Post #7792608

I am marking out the location for a pond. Now I just have to dig it out, cut the roots when I have to and than I can lay in the heavy plastic and make me a waterfall. Will not really be complete til next summer, but I can only do so much digging at a time.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 14, 2010
1:50 PM

Post #7792940

Marti...be careful with doing that work. DH and I installed our own pond without a backhoe or anything to haul rocks. Carried all by hand or wagon to the location.
DH is recovering from his fourth back surgery and I had two surgeries. In hine site we think we should have tore down a fence to have access with equipment and then replaced the fence. It would have been much cheaper money and health wise!

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 14, 2010
2:34 PM

Post #7793035

Should have used smaller rocks!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 14, 2010
8:10 PM

Post #7793820

Two tons of rocks is still 2 tons. LOL! Plus we did retaining walls and etc from Pavestone bricks...just too much lifting.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 14, 2010
8:16 PM

Post #7793833

I went back to your picture. You do have some BIG rocks in there.

I moved my big ones with my tractor loader.
I grew up picking rocks out of the fields so know what to not try to lift.
yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 15, 2010
9:10 AM

Post #7794802

Here is our pond... You can see a couple of goldfish, the rest are hiding in the rocks. As you can see, we have some pretty large frogs... LOL

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yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 15, 2010
9:25 AM

Post #7794840

This is the waterfall

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

May 15, 2010
10:22 AM

Post #7794955

That fallls is beautiful. Love the back-stroking frog.
temafilly
Oconomowoc, WI
(Zone 4b)

May 15, 2010
2:01 PM

Post #7795344

@ yardqueen1948 - what is that arching pink bloomer? It looks like Soloman's seal gone punk! Really pretty, and I'm not usually one for the pinks. (LOL Jan!) The whole set-up is wonderful - I love the Coleus and vareigated...colocasia?
I worked at the local garden center and 'they' will do anything with a frog. I've seen frogs in so many ways and ridiculous outfits, puffed up to the size of bowling balls, on a reindeer for X-mas. Ugh. I like the backstroker, though; funny!
yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 15, 2010
6:28 PM

Post #7795975

Yes, when I saw him I had to have him. The other one is cute too, but Iove the backstroker!
yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 15, 2010
6:30 PM

Post #7795978

Oh, and the "pink bloomer" is a begonia...

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 16, 2010
11:08 AM

Post #7797655

Yardqueen... Funny backstroke frog! I like the other too, looks like it should be climbing up something. I was wondering about the pink bloomer...looked like a bleeding heart at first.
yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 16, 2010
11:48 AM

Post #7797809

Yeah, he could be climbing. I thought he was sunbathing...

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 16, 2010
2:46 PM

Post #7798239

DW won door prize at Iowa Round Up yesterday. Little Angel sits by our pond now.

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lizards_keep
Colmesneil, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 16, 2010
6:36 PM

Post #7799035

Build it and they (the wild life) will come =0)
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 16, 2010
9:13 PM

Post #7799502

lizards - Have you met Becky? I believe she's from Colmesneil too.
lizards_keep
Colmesneil, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 17, 2010
3:45 AM

Post #7799743

No, I don't believe so.
CherokeeGreg
Fresno, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 17, 2010
8:52 AM

Post #7800494

I have two shabumkins and 5 commet goldfish that were being sold for feeder fish I saved the ! I love my fish.

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