Here we see skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) coming up through the camellia/magnolia petal mulch.
Here's the mulch/pond litter progression: Spring begins with bright pink camellia petals covering everything. Those are followed by magnolia petals and finally cherry blossoms. Summer brings shedding bamboo foliage all season long which is followed in autumn by the falling leaves of the cherry, magnolia, and anything else the wind decides to blow in.
It's much better since the Italian plum no longer deposits fruit as well. (The fruit was delicious but the tree wasn't well.) Can you see the fish coming to investigate?
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