keeping up with the gardens
and yard work, but the weather
has been beautiful so it's perfect.
The pond is entering one of
it's best blooming seasons as
most of these plants only bloom
in this late spring season.
These lovely blossoms just float along the edge,
and intermingle with the lilies.
The pink one is one of my favorites.
The taller plants in the back are lizard's tail,
and my favorite the yellow flag iris.
Along the front of the pond I always plant
some parrots feather.
I buy it new each year as it doesn't winter over.
The garden center cuts it off and I plant it at home.
It floats along the surface and closes up in the evening.
It provides not only shade, but protection for these guys.
You see we have this lovely blue heron and white egret
who think that my pond is their personal sushi bar.
This tiny little specimen is called duck weed,
it is so tiny that several would fit across
the width of your pinky's fingernail.
It just floats along the surface of the water.
I think it's called duck weed because it's often found in
natural ponds and serves as food for the ducks.
It serves as a tasty snack for my koi as well,
thank goodness it reproduces rapidly.
The majority of these plants are wintered over by placing
them in the bottom of the pond. It is over three feet
deep in the center and it allows the fish
to hibernate for the winter without danger of freezing.
I hope you've enjoyed my tour of the pond,
if you don't have room for a pond in your yard
consider using an old whisky barrel or large waterproof
crock. all you need is a small pump and some
plants and you'll enjoy the sound of water
trickling all summer. It's also good feng shui
to have a water element near your home.