I was going to call this post ” Sex orgy in my pond ” but I thought that might attract the wrong sort of person and their comments!! When walking past the pond yesterday there was such a lot of croaking going on and then the noise of lots of splashing, I just had to investigate. Sure enough, the frogs had arrived to do what frogs do at this time of year!
This frog seemed to think that he owned the pond and kept croaking at me.
An action shot, I don’t think I need to say any more!
Poor female, there must have been at least 9 males in the pond.
This one stayed to guard the frogspawn and is still there today, at least I think it is the same one.
This is the result of all their frantic efforts, lots of lovely frogspawn. In previous years we have seen grass snakes swimming in the pond, they love a tasty soup of tadpoles so I hope they stay away this year!
While writing this post, it dawned on me that I hadn’t shown photos of the pond area before. I will try to show areas this year that haven’t been previously seen, the pond, vegetable garden and the border by the field. The pond is approx 10ft x 6ft, with hindsight, wish it was bigger because by the end of summer when everything has grown so much, you can hardly see the water! We had started the tidy up in the pond area but stopped when we heard the frogs croaking, hence half the pond is still rather untidy, but the frogs were hiding under the fallen leaves and stems. We will have to wait for all their activities in that area to come to an end before we finish clearing up.
I think the variegated Iris has burst out of its basket and needs dividing. I also think it has floated away from it’s shelf so attention definitely needed. When the garden was open last summer for the NGS, I promised some to a visitor from the village, now is the time to take some round to him.
At the far side of the pond, Kingcup or Caltha palustris, is forming a good ground cover, these grow quite huge in the summer with large yellow flowers and form a nice edging to the pond.
Between the pond and the vegetable garden, I have planted willow, Salix alba Britzensis, for the coloured stems in the winter. These will be pollarded soon as it is the young stems which have the brightest colours. Can you see the hedge in the background, which has just been laid in the Devon style? we got it done now before the birds start looking for nesting sights. Do you have lots of visitors to your pond or garden, do you manage to see them or the evidence that they leave behind? I’m quite happy to share the garden with lots of wildlife, but I think you all know what I think of moles and rabbits!!