The moist emergence zone areas have a wonderful show of colour now with the Iris ensata combining with an early show of flowers from the Ligularia and Astilbe plants. This gives a colourful backdrop to the pond and clads the moist earth around the water with foliage to keep it cool and damp. The image shows cream plumes of Filipendula ulmaria, yellow flowers on Ligularia Little Rocket, purple Loosestrife – Lythrum salicaria and low growing pink or purple Astilbe.
Some of the early laid wildlife spawn of frogs and toads will by now have metamorphed and be ready to use this foliage as safety cover for their first trip from the pond as young froglets and toadlets – this will be happening any day soon.
The young frogs and toads will scramble through the rafting plants at the edge of the water and out into the undergrowth. Young newts will not be far behind as those from the early hatchings will have grown legs by now and are ready to start to leave the pond to look for places to over winter on land.
They do not want to be seen and preyed on by any birds so will quickly hide in the moist planted emergence zone for safety.
If you are distressed to see small frogs, toads or newts becoming the food for your blackbirds this month make a note to improve the chances of survival for the amphibians from your pond by creating a planted moist zone around your pond this Autumn which will give them planted cover and protection next year as well another area of gardening experience for yourself.