August is one of my favorite months of the year – second to the month of June when I get to do most of my planting around the yard. In addition to vegetable and flower gardening, I greatly enjoy water gardening. In fact, my backyard pond is my favorite spot in the yard because it satisfies all the senses. August is a great time to relax by the pond, feed the fish, listen to the gentle waterfall, and gaze upon the gorgeous waterlilies!
Today’s the first Saturday of the month, which means it’s Cozy Living Saturday. I join a few blogging friends to share what we’re enjoying this month. For me, it’s enjoying the great outdoors – either in my yard, at a forest preserve, on a lake – whatever connects me with Mother Nature. You can find my friends’ inspiration at the end of this post.
But now, back to my water garden. This beautiful waterlily is new to my pond this year. It’s a tropical waterlily called Antares, which is the name of a star. Tropical waterlilies rise above the surface of the pond, whereas hardy waterlilies bob on the top of the water. Tropical lilies also have scalloped edges on the lily pads, while hardy waterlilies have smooth, round pads.
Here’s my hardy waterlily called Madame Wilfron Gonnere. Waterlilies are often named after people. In fact, you can pay to have a lily hybridized and then name it after someone. You can see my beautiful golden butterfly koi gliding among the lily pads in the background. I have a total of 7 fish, all but one are some type of koi.
A close-up of one of my butterfly kois reveals her anticipation of being fed. Butterflies have longer, flowing fins than standard koi. They look so graceful floating through the water. The smaller, spotted fish is a shubunkin.
And here’s my largest koi. I’ve trained him to take food right out of my hand. He’s a shusui koi. Sometimes he tries to nibble on my toes when I dangle my feet in the water. It doesn’t hurt, but it always surprises me when it happens. And when I’m standing in the pond (it’s two-feet deep), the koi will rub up against my legs just like a cat does.
Last year I planted lavender by the pond and it’s nice and full this year. The scent is light and fragrant.
I either sit at the edge of the deck with my feet dangling in the water or in one of the Adirondack chairs. It’s a great place to read a book, enjoy a cup of coffee, or sip a glass of wine in the evening with the lights on in the pond. Sometimes I just sit out here and do nothing at all except enjoy the soothing sights and sounds of my pond.
This is what the water garden looks like at night when the lights turn on. It’s a joy to watch the koi swim past the lights and create new shadows in the pond.
In addition to the fish, a few critters make their appearance in the pond – like this friendly frog who stayed still enough for me to get an up-close photo of him enjoying the waterfall.
I truly wish everyone had a pond in their backyard. Not only is the beauty enjoyable, but the sound of the waterfall is so soothing and the entire experience is a big stress reliever.
Here’s a short video of the pond – turn up the volume and enjoy the sound of the waterfall!
I hope you enjoyed seeing my pond – it’s even better in person! Now head on over to a few of my friends to see their inspiration for August.