The pond and rock work were present when we purchased the property in 1998 from the original owner and builder, but he had no flower beds or water plants. Developing the gardens and pond has been deeply satisfying and, as with most gardens, is a continual work in progress.
I’m a birdwatcher, and you need to provide them food, water, and protection. We do have a birdbath. I don’t feed the birds in the summer, but I do in the winter. Our pond attracts ducks, herons, and kingfishers, because they like the fish. We have flathead minnows in our pond and they’re great for mosquito control.
We like to keep a diary of our visitors. From inside the sunroom one day this past winter I photographed a Northern Goshawk feeding on a rabbit, 50 feet from the house.
We leave seed heads of Echinacea and Rudbeckia over the winter, which goldfinches, siskins, and other seed-eaters enjoy.