At last the first big buds have appeared on the red lotus in the dam. Soon the flowers will open, transforming a large part of the water surface into a glorious garden. Already the lily pond between the two dams is glowing with temperate waterlilies, better than ever due to the little solar pump that keeps the water level high despite evaporation. While the bigger dams drop in level the lily pond stays reasonably full, to the great relief of the lilies!
We are weeding the pond at present … that stirs up the muddy bottom, but the lilies gain by having more space and less competition. The house dam is covered with red azolla, which we are going to skim soon, to collect some for mulch and fertiliser for the garden. Visiting birds bring it on their legs, so it is inevitably arrives and thrives where there are nutrients. Despite our best efforts nutrients from the vegetable garden are sometimes washed into the dam, which is placed to catch them, and prevent any pollution of the creek and nearby lagoon. Hence red azolla finds the dam conducive to growth, and lucky birds such as ducks and moorhens feed on it.