WE MOVED the pond this year! What an ordeal it was…
I got it started one Saturday morning a few weeks back and 6 hours of manual gardening labor later, I had moved all the lilies, other plants, and even the frogs! I also got a start on digging out the clay & filling the new deeper space, which Mark finished the next day.
Gold’s Gym and all the yoga I do paid off big time this spring. Unearthing deeply rooted lilies around a pond isn’t easy and neither is shoveling out Virginia clay.
At one point, one of the frogs spied me as the water was draining in the old spot. Looking over her little frog shoulder, she blinked, then allowed me to scoop her up in my deep spoon shovel, then deliver her to the fabulous new home in progress. It’s bigger, deeper and safer, because no one can bother her or her buddies, the other frogs, Mr. Turtle and the fishies.
Today, after a month of torrential downpours, pond 2013 is clear and I actually spied the fish playing down below. Their coloring matches the beautiful lilies that are blooming in our marsh. It’s such a thrill. We treat our pond continually to keep mosquito eggs from turning into a worse invasion of the insidious insects, though we live so close to the Potomac River there are mosquitos and bugs galore.
Having a pond is a lot of work, but we love it. It completes our little ecosystem, which feeds the visiting animals, foxes, as well as the predator hawks.