Tom Fisher shares his Buffalo, New York garden with us today, including a gardening feature popular with all types of visitors.
We have a very small prefabricated pond that we bought a few years ago. A toad took up residence the day we filled it. Since then we’ve added a couple of ponds to create a small waterfall. Now the toads and frogs spawn at least twice a year at any time of the year, the birds bathe and drink from the waterfall, and three goldfish spend their summers in the pond and then move south (into a basement tub) like snow birds for the winter. It really was our best addition to the garden; it has brought us so much life and joy and the creatures we didn’t even know were around us. I still don’t know where the frogs came from and how they found the pond. We operate a 3-in-1 pond filter with the pond, which we also take out with the fish in autumn, and looking after the pond is almost nothing. I encourage you all to add a pond. You will be surprised how even a little person can add so much.
One of the frog inhabitants of the pond nestles in the surrounding green.
Take a close look at the trickle of water flowing through the pebbles and you will see countless little black tadpoles, a future generation of frogs or toads just starting out in the tiny garden pond.
The three goldfish that live in the pond in summer come in for winter. In larger ponds they could overwinter outside, but a small pond in a cold climate can freeze up, so these fish need a little winter vacation.
This view of the entire pond includes the series of ponds above that form a small series of waterfalls. Even the smallest garden offers space for a bit of space.
Here the pond is dramatically lit at night and surrounded by greenery and flowers.
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