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  1. Somethin' Fishy

    Buyer beware!

    I thought I would share my experience with Aquarium Plants (dot com) here on the forum, because they offer pond plants as well as aquarium plants. My recent order involved aquarium plants.... Among the items I ordered was Anubias barteri var. Nana, which is a dwarf variety. But what I...
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    Just out enjoying our pond today

    Just out enjoying the pond....
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    Water lily issues...

    I placed about 3-4 shade tolerant HARDY water lilies in our pond last year when I set it up, along with a pot of snowflakes, and all was well. Over wintered them in the pond and this spring everything started budding out, including the snowflake which is just borderline for our zone. Had a few...
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    Meet "Tubbs"

    Just barely two months ago I set up a container water garden in our raised flowerbeds. I took a pot of lizard's tail from our big pond and set it in the tub. Well, about a month later my husband calls me over to look at something, which I figured would be a tadpole or something. Nope! There...
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    Two surprises today...

    Two surprises today. One neat, one not so good.... The first - My husband noticed something swimming in our container garden and I figured it would be one of the waterbugs, or maybe a tadpole. Nope. It was a FISH! There must have been eggs on one of the plants I transferred from our pond...
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    Crazy neon purple water hyacinth roots?!

    I purchased a few water hyacinths today but didn't pay any attention as they were bagged up for me. When I got home I took them out of the bag and discovered they had NEON purple/blue roots. I mean crazy bright like they were dyed. In all my years of experience with this plant, I've never...
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    Got a surprise today

    My husband pointed this out to me this morning, as I've been so busy working on the cabin that I didn't even notice... This was one of the pond plants in a cup that I got at Lowes last year. I "potted" it in a little fabric basket that I made and it grew some spikes of leaves last season...
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    Scenes from around the new container garden...

    A new iris bloomed this morning. Anyone have an idea of what type of iris this is? The bloom that was on it when I bought it was blue, and this one is purple/pink. This clematis is the backdrop of our raised garden bed, the blooms are bigger than my hand, and the vine climbs about 7'. And...
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    Any dwarf suggestions?

    So I finally decided to start re-working our raised garden beds along the sunny side of the cabin, and dug out an area to drop in this feed pan... 2'W x 3'L x 10"D Our existing creeping jenny is already on the spring rebound, so it should hide the edges in no time. I'm already exploring the...
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    Dramatic frog death!

    Yesterday it was a sunny and beautiful 78 degrees, so I was sitting pondside in T-shirt and jeans. I noticed a green frog laying on a rock at the pond edge. A short while later I seen that it had moved further away from the pond. Then a bit later, I caught movement out of the corner of my eye...
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    And they're at it...again!

    Stepped outside and smelled something gross, and then noticed the slick on the pond water.... Not again! Too bad there isn't fish birth control that I can feed them! :banghead::bigtears::mad:
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    The frog hunter!

    One morning I went out to the pond swing to find a couple blobs of owl poo to clean up. So my dad brought over his trail cam and set it up, aiming it at the top of our swing. Lo and behold! The pooper was caught on camera! I imagine it is hunting frogs and toads that gather near our pond...
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    Our new winter pond

    So I brought a little bit of the pond indoors, minus goldfish of course! Just built my little 2x4 stand yesterday, and I'll finish planting it in a few days.
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    Sharing water testing results over 10+ weeks

    For anyone interested, I just posted the water testing results for our new pond on my pond showcase discussion. The purpose being an example of how long it can take for a new pond to "cycle". https://www.gardenpondforum.com/threads/pond-at-old-bear-creek.23734/
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    My little buddy

    This is Phileas Phrog… It actually comes up to me, and then I feed it earthworms. My offering to the frog gods to keep them from eating my fish!
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    So let's talk about (and see) leaf nets...

    I was out at the pond birdwatching yesterday and noticed a few leaves already starting to change color and drop...reminding me that I will need to put up our leaf nets very soon. I have two types of nets, a poly one, and a fiber one that came with a cheesy tent pole frame - which I used on the...
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    Scenes from around the pond today

    Circling the frog like a bunch of sharks...they soon ousted the frog from it's pad. Right before the fish evicted him! Shark shadows....
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    Video snippit at Old Bear Creek

    Sorry, this isn't a lovely smooth video! I've never done one before. I just stuck our cheap waterproof point-n-shoot in the pond at the end of a grabby stick, and tried aiming it at stuff! So it's jerky, noisy, I stirred up stuff, and I trimmed it and sized it down small enough to upload here...
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    Shallow water full sun hardies?

    So...since we decided not to build a creek to our pond, we now have a chunk of pre-cut pond/creek liner that can't be returned to the store...and I got an idea. We have a series of three 4' x 4' raised garden beds (composite material) alongside our cabin that failed as vegetable garden beds...
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    It's a nice view at our place today

    We upgraded our pond view seating today: And as we sat there we watched this little dude just waiting for that grand daddy to make a wrong move: Then this male scarlet tanager dropped in for a drink: And tucked up under our porch was this chunky one taking a bat nap:
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