Pond Evolution 2009

The pond is 4 years old this week. The photos below show how it appeared year 0 through year 4. There’s more prose about the earlier years on the 2007 and 2008 posts:

Pond - August 2005

Pond - August 2006

Pond - August 2007

year 3

pond, age 4

The Dutchman’s pipe (left two panels on the garage trellis) died this summer after looking very lush and strong in the spring.  I’m not sure whether that was due to all the rain (in heavy clay soil) or whether voles nibbled it to death.  Conversely, the Techny arborvitae behind the bench to the right of the garage is growing steadily each year.  In general, things are a bit less overgrown this year due to both cool weather and my (seemingly) constant pruning.  As for the pond itself, the raccoon pool parties apparently involve water lily and water hyacinth refreshments, so they both cover less of the surface than previous years.


6 responses to this post.

  1. Wow, that’s fantastic. Isn’t it wonderful to see something you love just get better and better over time. Good luck with the raccoons. Man they suck.


  2. Wow – quite a transformation! The pond and gardens are so lovely. What a fantastic view you have!


  3. I agree with the wows above. It is a big transformation. Sorry about the Dutchman’s pipe, one of my favorite plants.


  4. Posted by lakechicagoshores on August 27, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Thanks, everyone! It’s really fun to watch the changes, and the loss of the Dutchman’s pipe and mapleleaf viburnum are balanced out by the blooming of the wild bergamot and appearance of spotted Joe Pye. In fact, I should post about my search for a new native semi-shade vine, particularly since it’s way too wet to be taking pictures now…


  5. […] August 27, 2009 Filed under: Native Plants — lakechicagoshores @ 3:11 pm Presuming the Dutchman’s pipe remains dead, I really need to find something for the garage trellis.  (I suppose the grape woodbine could […]


  6. Wonderful project, well documented and inspiring. This made my day. Thank you!


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