I've been pretty excited about all of the new possibilities for plant and animal life that the new pond has brought. This week has moved that excitement to a sense of success and amazement!
As I moved the water lily to a little deeper water earlier this week, I noticed a big, fat bud creeping toward the surface. Tuesday morning, the bud had made it out of the water and I snapped a picture before going to work.
It has bloomed the last 3 days. .but was always closing back up by the time I got home from work. Today I was home in time to witness it for myself. The edges of the flower are a little crisped from the horrid heat (it was 104 degrees yesterday), but beautiful in it's own rights.
There was also a bloom on the water hearts today too. .it didn't like the heat and was completely gone by this afternoon. I had read somewhere a comment by a water gardener, who noted that their water lily had been in the pond for 3 years before it bloomed. So I was afraid mine wouldn't either.
My pictures aren't that great. .but they are what they are. Those two worked for at least a couple of hours hauling stuff into the nest. I am not sure if they are nesting, or if they are feeding babies. I haven't been brave enough to take a flashlight and go peer into the hole.
Regardless, this nest is one of the closest to the house, so they are easy to observe and I'm sure it will soon become apparent. I enjoyed watching them at the pond this evening while I ate supper. The pond has been worth every penny spent, every sore muscle achieved, and every frustration endured.
God's creations continue to awe and amaze me daily!
Thanks for sharing in my environmental excitement. .
Have a wonderful weekend!