Just add water!
Garden ‘rock’ type water features for small spaces. I hardly see these types of water features in home gardens anymore😕in fact I hardly see water features in home gardens 😒Water features attract birds, butterflies & the like adding to garden-life.
Even the smallest garden ponds have so many benefits 💚💙. Ours is a simple set up of a dug hole lined with a rubber pond liner (tear resistant) as our substrate is oil sand and not clay. We fill it with our harvested rain water and it is circulated by a small pump. It tends to dry out a bit near the end of summer when our water reserves are low but this is a good opportunity to give it a clean. Here are some of the great things even the smallest pond can do for you and the environment: 🐸Benefit local wildlife - biodiversity in a garden is key. Ponds provide a habitat, water source and breeding site for small animals and insects, many of whom help to keep pests under control. 🙏A beautiful focal point - placing a seat or bench close by is lovely as a space for calm reflection after a long day. 🌿They can create more ideal microclimates for plants growing nearby, moderate temperatures and add moisture. 🌧Careful thought out construction can help with soggy spots or trap rain runoff for storage and later use. 👧👦Ponds can be things of great beauty and wonder - and so also provide an opportunity for interaction with and education about the natural world both for children and adults alike. A micro-habitat as an outdoor classroom, to inspire a new generation of naturalists.
It's that time of year again - Dragonfly Nymphs emerge from our ponds and lakes after years of underwater life to spend a week or so as a flying adult. I was lucky enough to see this one mid-transformation!
In the tilapia pond at Babylonstoren. The old skins of the final instar nymphs of dragonflies. The nymphs climb out of the water and have their final molt. After this they are winged adults. #insects
Crassula perfoliata aka Scarlet paintbrush blooming for butterflies
A pretty little butterfly having a break on my sunflower. 🌻 #HappyPlant #Sunflower
Butterflies on my black nebula carrot flowers....
Acraea horta butterfly pollinating our bramble blossoms!
I know it is not a plant... But I know we have some very well informed, clever people on this app and I would love to know what type of Praying Mantis it is. A hint on how to identify the little guy would be great.
What’s this insect called?
Love that my garden attracts wildlife, kids were so excited to see this caterpillar
Now idea what this beautiful creature is called. Does anybody have an idea if he is a pest in my garden? Its a large one.
Hello! Anybody knows what kind of interesting creature this bug is?
What kind of bug is this?
Another master of camouflage. The true leaf katydid, Zabalius aridus. A typical broad-leaf mimic. It feeds on leaves of trees and shrubs. #insects #camouflage
Bounty for Birds
- Plant specific plants that are good sources of nectar and those that provide materials for building nests.
- Provide additional food resources like birdseed and fresh fruit.
- Set up a birdbath where birds can perch for a drink and clean their feathers.