Too Many Lily Pads?

Our pond has flourished this year. The water is nice and clear now but I’m concerned that the lilies are doing a little too well.

The leaves are piling up out of the water there are so many and I’m not sure what to do.

Whilst looking for answers I came across this thread on Which suggests that perhaps the lily plant needs to be lifted out of the pond and divided every 3 years or so.

If that is so it’s going to be a tricky job.


Pond is a strange colour

The pond is a funny colour and yet it is much clearer than ever before.

Last year the pond was in a dreadful state. A star plant I’d brought years before had completely taken over and choked the pond. It was Hannah who spotted the fish gasping and when I went to look a couple of days later I found about a dozen dead fish floating about.

The water was a brackish brown and smelt horrible. It took a couple of days to pull out the offending plant.

Now, a year later, the water is almost clear (I can see the pebbles on the bottom but the level is rather low) and the few remaining fish whizz happily hither and thither. There are loads of frogs, some toads and a couple of newts and the water lily and irises are flouishing.

But on Saturday morning I noticed that the water, clear though it is, has a slightly milky bloom to it and I wonder why.

Why looking around I came across this interesting pond site I’m particularly interested in the 14 foot filtration tower!


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Tadpoles in August???

I’ve noticed that there are still a few tadpoles swimming around the pond. Is this normal? I thought they should have grown into frogs or toads ages ago.


The sun shines – the pond clouds over

Finally the sun has begun to shine, after weeks of rain. Unfortunately it now looks like the, recently much clearer, pond is regressing to its previous soupy state. What a shame. We've grown used to watching the newts rushing about, the fish darting around and the thousands of tadpoles twiddling day and night. 

I've read that lavendar cuttings are good for clearing the algae so perhaps I'll give the bush near Benjamin's swing a bit of a trim! 

Damsel flies

First Damsel flies of the year seen yesterday. Little red things flitting about the pond. I think they were mating, certainly they appeared to be hovering about in pairs, attached at one end forming a sort of arial tick (check) shape.