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19/10/2013 at 21:53

We have finally filled the pond up, and as I was fiddling about in the rain trying to organise the edging, we had our first obvious visitor ... and it was a Dragonfly! 

Obviously I didn't have a camera, but he swooped about for a few minutes before going off again.  I so hope this is a taste of things to come ....

19/10/2013 at 22:08

Brilliant, I'm sure it is

19/10/2013 at 22:54

that's really good. The dragonflies will come and lay their eggs in there next year.

20/10/2013 at 00:09

I do hope so - it's hardly autumn, and I'm longing for spring already ... absolutely itching to plant the pond up properly.  Any ideas on particularly dragonfly friendly plants?

20/10/2013 at 06:59

If I remember correctly they need tall reed-like ones for the nymph to crawl up out of the water, where it will metamorphose into the adult dragonfly.  

 

20/10/2013 at 10:47

You will be amazed at how quickly things colonise your pond. We had a large water beetle arrive while we were watching the last few drops of rain fill ours.

20/10/2013 at 11:08

I have the smallest pond imaginable and when I was clearing the sludge at the bottom a week or two ago found four boy frogs hibernating in the sludge.  I quickly put the water back and the rain has now topped it back up.  You will have endless fun Sara.  When I first started the pond I spent hours on my stomach staring into the water.  

20/10/2013 at 11:18

Enjoy it!  I have a tiny one and newts came in from nowhere....and a grass snake if it comes to that.  Yellow iris's are good (although can get rampant) and something to shade the surface. 

20/10/2013 at 11:23

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/32711.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 

 

20/10/2013 at 11:25

Nice pic Forester I have a tiny pond, to call it a pond is a bit of exageration really, more like a ditch but things do  find their way, no frogs but I do see some toads from time to time

20/10/2013 at 16:30

I built a pond 8mx4m only six months ago and feel so lucky (i know things can go horribly wrong). afer filling and waiting for a month i put in many different water and bog plants plus two small bales of barly straw, water beetles and other insects showed up first followed by dragon flies and in september a frog and last week my wife spotted a newt.its the best thing we have done in the garden and gives us lots of pleasure

05/11/2013 at 11:46

and in spring you will see whole families of birds bathing in it! I loved watching the newly fledged blackbirds and tits learning how to bathe earlier this year!

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