Pond

We have been trying to make our garden more wildlife friendly. We have marked off some areas of lawn as wildflower areas, made leaf and log piles, and put up a bug hotel.

bug-hotel

The biggest change was digging a pond.

We planted it out with mainly native plants from Devon pond plants: lesser spearwort, common water plantain, ivy-leaved water crowfoot, amphibious bistort, frogbit, cotton grass, brooklime, and water mint, with Eleocharis acicularis (dwarf hairgrass) and hornwort for oxygenation, a small water lily, and pickerel weed for late flowers.

I have also sown seeds of ragged robin and southern marsh orchid (saved from some growing uncharacteristically in a dry granite trough), and purple loosestrife, water avens, and devil’s bit scabious from the charity Landlife Wildflowers.

A kingcup (marsh marigold) from mum and dad’s pond has established quickly and is already sending up new shoots:

marsh-marigold

grey-wagtail

 

 

Blackbirds are already regular visitors, taking daily baths in the shallow margins of the pond. A young grey wagtail visited several times in September, within days of us finishing the planting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This gold-ringed dragonfly also found the water very quickly.gold-ringed dragonfly

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