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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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, 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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
@ 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!