The pond is heading towards its midsummer glory! Great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica – lower right) isn’t blooming yet, but it will be soon. The pickerel weed (Pontederia cordata) in the pond is blooming, though, as is the replacement marsh marigold (the older plants were killed off by our late winter cold spell). The Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia – left, along the rocks) is spreading really nicely this year.
July is the month for pond tours, at least up here at latitudes where winter lasts for months on end. If you are interested in ponds (or just at peeking at other people’s back yards), the quickest way to find a tour would be to Google “pond tour” plus your state/province/town/area. Another resource in North America is the NAWGS pond tour search, although I think their results may be a little incomplete.
In greater Chicago, I know of two tours coming up. The Chicagoland Pond Tour is a free tour that runs for 4 weekends in July – see their website for which counties have ponds open on which weekend. It’s associated with NAWGS. The pond tour that my pond is on is run by the Midwest Pond and Koi Society. It runs for 4 weekend days in July, and tour maps cost $15.
I’m very excited and a little bit apprehensive about showing the pond and the backyard to strangers. I’ve gone on three previous MPKS pond tours, and most people have ponds that are bigger and filled with koi. On the other hand, there are very few “small yard” ponds, so perhaps our yard can convince folks in the city and in older suburbs that they, too, can have a peaceful pond in their lives.
So are you going on a pond tour this year? Try it, you’ll like it!