When September rolls around I know that this could be the last month of fully enjoying my koi pond. The fish continue to be active, the waterlilies are still in bloom, and plants around the pond are fully grown (and looking a little messy if I’m being honest). Days by the pond are always moments to treasure.
Today I’m joining a few friends for Cozy Living Saturday, which is always the first Saturday of the month. You can see what my cozy friends are sharing for September at the end of this post.
For me, September is all about enjoying the last days of summer, and my pond is a big part of that. A couple months ago I trained the koi to eat out of my hand. It’s such a great experience to know they trust you enough to get that close.
When I need to pull dying lily pads off the waterlily plant, I step into the pond so I can reach the lily pad’s stem as close to the crown of the plant as possible. Quite often my koi will rub up against my legs the same way my cats do. It startled me the first time it happened but now I enjoy it. I tell myself that it’s the fish’s way of showing affection. That’s probably not true but it’s what I tell myself.
In addition to the koi, our pond has other little critters living in its pristine water. This little leopard frog let me get pretty close. See that circle behind its eye? That’s his ear, also known as the tympanum.
Every day by the pond is different. You’ll find new friends and new lilies are always popping up. Dragonflies whisk by, sometimes circling the pond repeatedly, bumblebees and butterflies hover about, joining the occasional hummingbird for a sip of sweet nectar from the nearby flowers. We also have about 5 frogs in permanent residency.
Every year I slightly change what I have planted around the pond. I have to thin the coneflowers almost every year, but I just move some to a different part of the yard. I cut them back when they fade.
The yellow coreopsis add a sunny pop of color in the rock garden next to the pond. They look best if you keep deadheading them.
Our pond has underwater lighting so we can enjoy it well into the evening. I love watching the fish swim across a light beam and it’s easier to see the frogs jetting across the surface when the lights are on. They seem to be more active at night. I think they stay still during the day to catch insects.
Every hour at the pond looks different. My favorite time is morning as the sun starts to shine through the leafy trees above. I’ll miss seeing all this beauty every day during the winter. So I have to soak up as much as possible during September. I leave the pond running through winter and the waterfall creates pretty ice formations.
In October we put protective netting over the pond for a couple of weeks to catch the leaves. The netting makes it a little harder to enjoy the pond but it’s worth not having to clean leaves out of the water.
In my humble opinion, everyone should have a backyard pond to enjoy. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s not much work at all. You don’t have grass to mow or weeds to pull. If you build it right, the water stays clean and clear. Spending time by the pond is also greatly therapeutic. The sound of the waterfall and the beauty of the waterlilies and fish is so relaxing and a great way to de-stress.
For the next several weeks, this is where you’ll find me almost every morning and in the evenings, too. I should call it the beverage pond. You can see my iced coffee on the arm of the Adirondack chair – and in the evening I’ll sometimes have a glass of wine out here.
Watch the 40-second video I took of my pond and be sure to have your sound turned on so you can hear the waterfall!
Visit my Cozy Living blogging friends below to see what they enjoy during the month of September!