Well after a trip to and from Londonium in yesterday's sweltering heat in a van with no air conditioning I have to report that all here at Compromise Garden are bloody well knackered too say the least! Fortunately the terrible twosome were spared the ordeal and are having a break from us at the moment. I just have to say at this point how many dogs have to die such horrible deaths in these hot conditions before people are either educated or punished for their neglect or just plain stupidity?
Well rant over and on with this swift posting. Having unloaded previously mentioned furnace on wheels I decided to cool off in the shade of compromise garden drinking fruit juice (not from the Fun Factory, bloody bilge) this noon after and take a look at the small wildlife pond. Within seconds I am scampering to the house for me camera as there are new guests in and around the small, watery, refuge...
|My first Damsel Fly|
|A tiny Water Boatman|
|and the Tadpoles are now tiny Frogs|
I am really pleased with the way this small pond has changed. It certainly appears to be attracting the wildlife and I hope that this small success will convince others that only the smallest of ponds is required to encourage a whole bunch of wildlife to your garden. Speaking of ponds the fish pond has now been started and I have a feeling that once finished (not that anything in a garden is ever truly finished) this project will really tie the garden together....
...as you can see it has taken centre stage yet I know that once finished and planted it will just be another component of Compromise Garden, blending in and adding to the sum of the 'hole' garden. And yes I did say "fish pond", not perhaps exactly a watery area that would be ideal for a wildlife garden but as the name implies tis another compromise.
My George has not asked for much in Compromise Garden and has left the vast majority of decisions to me, the fool! But one thing requested was water flowing towards the house with a certain number of fish, it be a Feng Shui thing. Now ideally Koi Carp would be the fish of choice but for myself that would mean a lifeless pond as virtually no plant life would survive and the pond would just be a deep pit, I plumped for Golden Rudd but another aspect of the Feng Shui thingy was that there should be eight red fish and one black fish. So after some head scratching we agreed upon the lowly common Goldfish as the choice when the pond is ready and mature enough to accept them. Yes I know that wildlife will not flourish in this pond but with more robust planting and some careful planning I am hopeful that some wildlife will find this compromise a suitable option to frequent, time will tell I guess.
Tomorrow I am hoping to spend a little time down at plot A2 but that depends upon a host of other chores being completed first.Well tea is on the table so that will be all for this evening's post, til the next time fare thee well my friends...