Even these lilies don’t follow my original intent. Planted in weighted pots, their root systems become so massive during the summer that they rise to the surface to float about as islands. The root masses have totally engulfed the pots along with several bricks that I tied on in an attempt to keep the roots on the bottom. Several species of aquatic plants have colonized the islands and survive the winter immersion while waiting for the islands to pop back to the surface in summer.
I would spend hours staring at them. This year, you have to view these white flowers early in the day to catch their brilliance. Tree pollen is falling so heavily that white quickly turns to yellow as the day goes on. The bud to the left has collected several rings of pollen already. The pollen forms a skin on the water’s surface that remains until a rain causes it to sink to the bottom of the pool.
Since then, a variety of seeds has arrived to add diversity to the pots. The actual lip of the pot is about an inch below the water surface. Accumulation of moss, roots and organic debris has raised the soil level above the water line and doubled the diameter of the original pot.
Although I have several stands of milkweed around the yard, the plants growing next to the
Several species of dragonflies deposit eggs in the
A pool full of dragonfly nymphs can easily cut down the number of smaller organisms.
These guys will feed on any animal matter, dead or alive, that is small enough to swallow.
The Common Water Snake feeds on the larger pool inhabitants, including other predators.
When Bullfrogs move into a small pool, they quickly consume the smaller frog species. I’ve tried removing predators in an attempt to keep the pool in an earlier stage of development, but have decided that type of activity is not practical. The
This gives the bugs a shiny appearance and makes it difficult to view body details. They stay submerged by anchoring to stationary objects and periodically come to the surface to exchange stale air for fresh.
Algae is a quality food item and where food exists, something will come along to eat it.
New egg clusters are placed almost daily.
I’m looking forward to seeing what other changes this year brings to my