POND BEAUTY: This attractive pond alongside a Springfield home features an array of plant life including this delightful pink lotus.
BACKYARD RETREAT: This pond, built by a Jerome, Illinois family, has become home to a pair of mallards who come back to the pond each year. (Photo top left). At top right is the liner pond in its first year (it was built in the summer of 2008). Flowers and shrubs surround the pond, from reblooming pumpkin-color iris left), purple French iris (center, forming a backdrop to the pumpkin-color iris), and yellow water iris. In late May, red, orange, and pink lillies will bring more color to the pond area as well as an assortment of water lillies.