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Information about Spring flowering plants and the pond in spring. Take also a look at spring 2007  

It is always surprising, how fast everything buds. At the end of April  the Japanse Cherry (Prunus serrulata) already gets leaves. Under the tree the honesties are in bloom. Left a cardinal bonnet. Beside the little greenhouse: bamboo. The Golden Chain  left of the Japanse Cherry blossoms in May. The whole tree is toxic! Especially the pods. My nieces played with them. Then we did not know the danger. Fortunately nothing ever happened. The taxus behind the bamboo is also toxic.  

Golden Chain (Laburnum anagyroides)..... Japanse Cherry (Prunus serrulata)

The Corydalis solida (very similar to the Bird-in-the-bush - Corydalis cava) you see for a short time. Afterwards it disappeared entirely . The bleeding heart  (Dicentra formosa) seems also delicate. In fact they are nicer, than the larger ones (Dicentra spectabilis). The colour of the Welsh poppy (Meconopsis cambrica) seems  quite loud, when you look to the other pictures. (pale culvert, red poppy dubium)  

The Corydalis solida (very similar to the Bird-in-the-bush - Corydalis cava) . red poppy dubium. Welsh poppy (Meconopsis cambrica)

It is always nice to discover, thereís frogspawn in the pond. The Common Newts like it too, for they eat all the eggs. Now I put everything  in a landing-net and later it goes into a bucket, which stands at the pond. Strange is, they keep off the eggs of the toads (a chain). The frog you can find on the page "animals in the garden".  
In 2009 we had a lot of tadpoles. Here a picture with a curious common pond skater. Information:
common pond skater 

frogspawn. tadpoles. In 2009 we had a lot of tadpoles. Here a picture with a curious common pond skater.

When the Dame's rocket or Sweet rocket (Hesperis matronalis) and the Bistort (Persicaria bistorta)  appear, itís almost the end of spring. Bethleham Sage (Pulmonaria) has beautiful flowers with all kinds of colours. You can see these colours also at the other members of the  Borage family. (e.g. comfrey, forget-me-not, viper's bugloss)  

the Dame's rocket or Sweet rocket (Hesperis matronalis) and the Bistort (Persicaria bistorta)..... Bethleham Sage (Pulmonaria)
Lily of the Valley (Convallaria)  The Lily of the Valley (Convallaria) grows throughout the garden like gardenweeds, but the flowers are beautiful.  
cornflower  As last, because it is so magnificent: cornflower!!!! (Centaurea cyanus)  

Much more information about plants at
  spring 2007 

The pond 2007 
Three photos end of May.

The pond is about 3 by 3 meters. It seems smaller by the Buckbean and the Water-soldier. I offen sit on the little bridge to look at the pond. At the other site and at the front there are little swamps. Behind one of the swamps thereís a hill. In summer I plant cacti  and euphorbiaís on it.
On the side there are several ferns. The Hart's tongue Ferns (Asplenium scolopendrium) reseed themselves and come up everywhere. The other ones get new runners.

There are also several types of bamboos. The Bamboo is kept from expending by special foil around the roots.
Under water grows a lot of Hornwort (Ceratophyllum demersum) grows Itís a  good pond oxygenator. The pink flowers are of the Bistort (Persicaria bistorta) This plant belongs to the knotweed family. Furthermore is flowering the Yellow Flag Iris and the Chinese ground orchid (Bletilla) are flowering. The  marsh marigold (Caltha palustris) and the  Cuckoo Flower (Cardamine pratensis) are already out of flower.  


Birds May 2010.

European Robin (Erithacus rubecula). Family Old World flycatcher (Muscicapidae). And a bee...... Common Blackbird (Turdus merula). Familie Thrushes (Turdidae). And the compost heap.
European Robin (Erithacus rubecula). Family Old World flycatcher (Muscicapidae).

This robin sits on a wood stump of an old apple tree. It is also the home for all kinds of insects. In the evening you see often bumblebees sitting in the setting sun.
If you look carefully you will see an inattentive bee flying in the direction of the robin. But it escaped just in time. Photo 5-5 2010.

Common Blackbird (Turdus merula). Familie Thrushes (Turdidae).

An old trunk of a pear tree near the compost heap. This blackbird looks or there is anything to be found to eat. 
Photo May 2010.


nest winterkoninkje.. Wren (Troglodytes). Family Troglodytidae.  Wren (Troglodytes). Family Troglodytidae. Photo 5-5-2013.

Today (April 1 2007) I saw a wren fly into the garage. Later, when I took a look, I saw this nest in the ropes.
This year (2008, a year later) we had wrens again. 
Now six years (2013) later the nest still hangs in the ropes in the garage. Every year it has been repaired by a wren. Here it goes into the garage.

Nest of tits in the mailbox.

Nestje meesjes in de brievenbus. .. Nestje meesjes in de brievenbus. . Nestje meesjes in de brievenbus.   Photos April, May 2013.
The wall is a mailbox. Underneath we have another mailbox. This year (2013) a tit has made a nest. So no post in this mailbox.


Wild duck (Anas platyrhynchos). Family Anatidae...... Western Jackdaw (Corvus monedula, Coloeus monedula). Crow family (Corvidae).
Wild duck (Anas platyrhynchos). Family Anatidae.

Very occasionally there are wild ducks in our pond, even though we live in the middle of the village without water nearby.
Photo 24-4 2013.

Western Jackdaw (Corvus monedula, Coloeus monedula). Crow family (Corvidae).

In the chimney of the shed we had this year a nest of Western Jackdaws. They are therefore not shy.
You can recognize them by the white iris of the eyes. The iris other corvids are dark.
Photo 2-6-2013.


Photos bridge pond in 2013.
The girders of the bridge were bad. I made a new bridge. This time, a flat bridge.

Maurice, onze kleinzoon op de brug...... Oscar de kat van onze dochter op de brug.
Maurice, our grandson.
Here is Maurice on the bridge. By all plants you can not see the bridge very well. Photo 16-6-2013.

Oscar the cat of our daughter (Died in 2020).
Oscar was satisfied with the bridge. Photo 16-6- 2013.

Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) in de tuin in april 2021.
Often in winter and late winter we have a heron that is looking for our frogs. But when it gets warmer and the frogspawn is in the pond, they are gone. There is, I think, plenty of food to be found in places without scary people around. This year it was very cold in April. Yet there was already frogspawn. That's why the blue heron kept coming. The day after this photo, it took a frog. I have now placed a net above the frogspawn and bamboo across the pond. Not pretty, but unfortunately necessary.

Grey heron (Ardea cinerea), family Ardeidae...... Grey heron (Ardea cinerea), family Ardeidae.  Grey heron (Ardea cinerea), family Ardeidae. Photos 8-4-2021.



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