There is a lovely walking path around the pond, and you can see all kinds of interesting plants, some I am not too sure about.
The lily pads are looking a little faded and we haven't seen our resident beaver on our last few visits. Not sure if he has moved on. We noticed signs of work to be done, large green boxes that look like small pumping stations, and there are markings on the grass alongside pipes in preparation for 'planting'. I don't suppose Mr. Beaver will like that activity at all.
We actually took the following photo last weekend. It is called the Common Arrowhead, also known as the Duck Potato. It is called Duck Potato because the roots look like a small potato which ducks relish. Its origins can be found in South America.
The following lavender plant is a called a pickerel weed. It flowers from mid-June to mid-September. It is common throughout the Eastern United States, from Nova Scotia southward to Florida and Texas, and also reported from western parts of the United States, but is less commonly found west of the Mississippi. Pickerel weed also provides habitat and food for many kinds of animals. For instance, growth of dense mats of vegetation provides excellent cover for pickerel fish which feed on the insects that are attracted to the flowers of the plant, perhaps the reason for its name. Seeds are eaten by several different kinds of animals including ducks, other waterfowl and deer. Leaves rhizomes and roots are eaten by geese and muskrats. The flowers provide nectar for several different kinds of insects, including bees, wasps and butterflies. One type of bees (Dufourea novae-angliae) has been reported to visit only this species of plant to gather nectar and pollen. Manatees are reported to choose pickerel weed over other plants as food. Pickerel weed also provides cover and habitat for a variety of animals, including fish, aquatic invertebrates, birds and small mammals. After I take a photo I immediately want to go online and find information, always fascinating what one learns.
I would like to know what plants these pods grow on. Any ideas?