Here's a refresher of what the pond looked like last year after the initial installation and planting.
The plants were a little sparse, and the fake water lilies floating on the top were just plain ridiculous. The "beach" on the front was cute, but it just didn't last.
Here's what things looked like earlier this year. This was taken right after I bought some new pond plants and finished planting the pots. The new plants consisted of a nice new Pickerel (left) and some water hyacinth (back right). You can't see it in the front right, but last years Pickerel is trying it's best to survive after I made the mistake of putting it out to early. The "beach" was destroyed by the dogs last year and had to go, and has been replaced by more durable gravel.
Here's what the pond looks like today. One of the dappled willow bushes has completely given up on life and been removed (replaced by a planter to keep the dogs from smashing the plants behind the pond) and some of the potted plants have been switched out. I bought a zebra rush at the garden fair, and it's looking lovely right in the middle. My dad gave my an iris plant that is now in the front right, and I simply cannot wait for the morning glories climbing the back fence to start getting the sun they crave so they will start blooming! And holy cow do water hyacinths grow fast! I've already got a number of branches coming off them to form new plants. (I think I know why people like them so much!)
The very first Morning Glory flower of the summer.
I don't know why, but I think this picture is way cool.
I can't believe how big the fish are getting.