Protect fish in ponds from heron, plus final 2019 garden walk

lily pads protect fish in pond from heron
You can’t see the fish in this pond, but neither can the herons. Those lily pads give the fish a safe hiding place. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko

The pond in the photo the may look overgrown, but all that foliage serves a purpose: It stops herons from eating fish in the pond.

In this article, you can also find details on the last garden walk for 2019: the Black Squirrel Home and Garden Walk in Niagara Falls.

Stop herons from eating your fish

winter kiwi on vine in Buffalo
An unusual plant in the yard of Marcia Panzarella is a winter kiwi vine. The fruit looks like a grape. It doesn’t have the fuzzy skin of a common kiwi, but when you cut it open, it looks exactly like a kiwi, Panzarella said. It ripens after the first frost. As the name implies, the winter kiwi can tolerate our winters. In order to get fruit, you need a male and female plant. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

Marcia Panzarella shared her Camden Ave. landscape last week during the Northwest Buffalo Tour of Gardens.

She has a pond, and to give me a peek at her fish, she sprinkled a bit of fish food on the the small section of open water. As soon as they were finished eating, the fish skedaddled back under the large lily pads.

The fish want protection from two herons that have visited the pond in the past. Although the pond may look overgrown, the fish love all that foliage. The lily pads help to provide the cover the fish need.

Several years ago Panzarella started with 20 fish. She hasn’t added any new fish over the years and now has about a dozen. Even though the herons caught some, the fish have bred, too, which has helped to keep the numbers up.

Other gardeners run string or fishing line around the perimeter of their pond to prevent heron from landing.

Check out the other photos here to learn more about Panzarella’s garden.

Black Squirrel Home and Garden Walk

The Black Squirrel Home and Garden Walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 in the Memorial Park Neighborhood of  Niagara Falls.

Maps can be picked up at 550 12th St., Niagara Falls, on tour day. This is a free, self-guided tour. See more here.

The event wants to show that older neighborhoods in Niagara Falls matter and are worth saving.

new shade garden after apple tree fell
When an old apple tree fell during a wind storm, Panzarella lost some other plants as well as the tree, but was given a new opportunity, too. The area under the apple tree had been so shady that nothing could grow there. Now there is space for hostas and other shade plants. The remaining trunk of the apple tree is a perch for a potted plant. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko
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