Pond cleanup, and lots of growing

Hyacinth (by RPOP)

We did our annual spring pond cleanout today, which involved a lot of muck and algae and water. Now the pond gets daily doses of enzymes and bacteria for the next two weeks.

Since this process is not particularly photogenic, I’ll hold off on pond pics and get right to all the blooms that have come out in the 5 days since Bloom Day. The hyacinth are out, sending their fragrance all over the garden.

Forsythia (by RPOP)

The forsythia is completely in bloom now – there were only a handful of blossoms on Friday.

Grape hyacinth (by RPOPtream)

I didn’t see any buds on the grape hyacinth last Tuesday, but they’re blooming up a storm now.

Tete a Tete daffodils in the herb garden (by RPOPtream)

The little Tete a Tete daffodils have joined the Rijnveld’s Early Sensation. That’s some newly emerging chives and oregano to show you how small the daffodils are. Please ignore the not-yet-pulled goutweed…

Wild ginger emerging (by RPOPtream)

The wild ginger (Asarum canadense) just started emerging from the mulch today.

Ostrich fern fiddleheads (by RPOPtream)

The ostrich ferns are sending up fiddleheads, but the other ferns have not yet emerged.


5 responses to this post.

  1. LC – wasnt it just the most beautiful day ever? I was outside from 9:30-4:30 today and I’ve got the backache to prove it. I can’t wait to see the pond in all it’s glory. Speaking of ponds, I’ve got a question for you. Do you find that it (pond) attracts mosquitos? Do you have it near the patio? I’m thinking more and more about getting one but I really hate mosquitos and I’m afraid to install anything that will bring more. Do you have pumps for it?


  2. Posted by lakechicagoshores on April 21, 2008 at 9:11 am

    It was wonderful, and I, too, have the soreness to prove it!

    There’s two ways that the pond is less of a mosquito magnet than, say, plastic toys left out in the rain. First, the water is moving – the skimmer is always pulling the top layer of water into the pump. Second, and most important, goldfish love mosquito larvae!


  3. Posted by lakechicagoshores on April 21, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Oh, and yes, we have a submersible pump that pulls water into the skimmer then up to the biofalls. It’s an Aquascape system, and it’s really low maintenance. We don’t need anything more elaborate since we don’t have loads of fish, we do have lots of plants, and goldfish are easier to deal with than koi.

    One alternative if you don’t want fish is to go with Aquascape’s “pondless waterfall”. That way, you get the sound of water splashing, birds get a place to drink and bathe, but you can turn it off whenever you want. I think Lurvey’s in Des Plaines has one installed if you want to see one in person.


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