Today is the last day of August and I realize I haven’t shared much of my koi pond this year. That’s probably because I’ve spent so much time enjoying it as opposed to photographing it. Plus I always feel like photos just don’t do it justice.
We’ve been going through a bit of drought here which means we’ve had to water the garden – a lot. Expect for the aquatic plants like the waterlilies and marginals. No watering needed so they’re much less maintenance than terrestrial plants. This purple hardy waterlily is called Violicious. It comes back every year.
And this large soft pink beauty is Madam Wilfred Gonere. She comes back every year, too.
There’s a saying in the pond community which goes, “If you build it, they will come.” And sure enough, the critters do come! Frogs, dragonflies …
I love the frogs in the spring when they start singing during mating season. It’s a wonderful melody although sometimes they get pretty loud.
Another visitor to our pond this summer was a baby snapping turtle. Actually, he’s a transplant. Hubby found him all alone on the cart path at the golf course. If he sticks around and gets bigger, I’ll take him to work. We have a “turtletopia” for rescue turtles.
Every koi pond needs koi, right? I have four of them. This guy – a shusui koi who loves to eat, the smaller orange one behind him, and two beautiful butterfly koi that I haven’t photographed yet. I also have two golden orfes that are bright orange and a couple of shubunkins. I can tell this koi is male because his body is torpedo shaped. Females are more rounded (go figure).
Another aquatic plant is water hyacinth that floats atop the water. Its roots dangle in the water soaking up nutrients in the koi pond while it produces beautiful light purple flowers. Water plants compete with algae for nutrients so it’s always good to have them in your pond to keep algae to a minimum.
You might have forget-me-nots in your garden, but did you know there’s an aquatic version of this old-fashioned charmer?
I can’t tell you how much of a stress-reliever my koi pond has been for me. The moment I step into the backyard I feel more relaxed and serene. Especially during our pandemic, it’s been a bright spot in a challenging time.
I love spending time at home out here, listening to the waterfall, watching the bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, spotting new frogs on lilypads, and watching the golden orfes chase each other around the pond.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my pond again, but it really needs to be seen in person to get the full effect.
Here’s a short video of my koi pond at night with the underwater lights on!
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