This summer has gone swimmingly with so many days of warm sunshine which have kept me busy in the garden and away from the PC. I have to confess to have been enjoying this PC/blogging free time. Reconnecting with my garden has been great! I feel refreshed :-)
Many garden jobs that were on that were on lists are now ticked. The wildlife pond build that took a ridiculous time to commit to and complete has become the heart of my garden and far more rewarding than I ever expected it to be. I am so glad I didn’t abandon this build – I came so very close to filling it all in.
One of the best things about my new garden pond is, now that plants and wildlife are moving in, my OH will wander up to this area to see what he can see! He is very keen to see frogs there (as am I) and I do believe Mr Bushnell may have captured one small one jumping out of the water when Magpies were rooting about the blanket weed around the edge.
Today, we had a good deluge or two of rain (much needed here in my area of Scotland believe it or not) giving the ponds a good top up of fresh rainwater which I am delighted about. Unfortunately with the long period of sunshine we have had this summer my shallow wildlife pond has been heating up allowing blanket weed to get a hold.
Being truthful, I have enjoyed playing in the water, spinning the blanket weed around a garden cane and scooping free bits of blanket weed in a net leaving it on a rock on the pond edge. I've had fun watching all the tiny creatures making their way back into the water. It’s been quite a relaxing garden job – not a chore at all :-)
So, I guess we are now at the stage ready for a new era of gardenwatching where new pond visitors will be photographed, videos captured and ID’s searched for. Are you ready to join us?
The first garden visitors to be spotted enjoying our new pond were seen back at the end of April. Pond skaters began jumping across the surface of the water and water beetles scurried around the bottom surfacing briefly before diving once again.
In the video clip below you can see a pond skater appearing chilled in the sunshine enjoying hanging around where below it a water beetle scurries around looking very busy indeed. Ha-ha… almost like a scene out of Alice in Wonderland – in water ;-)
So what has everybody been up to when I’ve been playing blogging truant? Have you been ticking off garden job lists or relaxing and playing with water like me? Perhaps you've been creative in your garden borders - I've had fun there too :-)
Copyright: Original post published on http://blog.shirlsgardenwatch.co.uk/ by blog author Shirley, August 7th 2014. Grrr... I need to add this as blog scrapers are currently stealing my blog content and populating their own blogs. Please stop!