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I admire your creative energy brokensword...I can't imagine what it must be like walking into your private paradise:)
Well, thank you very much, Ruby! I try. I'm pretty practical but have always had a creative bent since I was a kid. I figure the pond is my current way of expressing that side of me. And it really helps to have most things complete and have a LOT of time to dream of how to make it even better! The little touches are now as important to me as the larger ones. I'll unabashedly steal other peeps' ideas if I like them that much! I figure it's a type of hommage and I see it that way in reverse, whenever I do something others like!
 

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Beautiful! You do have a real creative mind!

Come and redo my wild pond! ...............nah I like the absolute low care pond I have. It grows, it survives, it sleeps over winter. I just walk down and say how pretty!
 

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Beautiful! You do have a real creative mind!

Come and redo my wild pond! ...............nah I like the absolute low care pond I have. It grows, it survives, it sleeps over winter. I just walk down and say how pretty!
nothing wrong with wild, addy; I can easily understand it. As noted before, I like a bit of organization as I find unwanteds (or even taller plants in general) will obliterate or cover over the 'other' ones I'd like to see, so some order is in order! My son is like you; likes wildness to naturalize, but he once kept bees like you, so comes from the same mind set. For him, nature works together but he's more interested in the final soil product as well as plantings that are symbiotic in nature. Guess I'm a product of my gardener-minded mom; she had a nice touch and I guess I took that as my template; large/tall in back, then medium for mid-ground, and finally low for the front area. As a matter of fact, when I built the house, I took a lot of her garden and put it in mine. Probably got 300' linear feet now of hosta, maybe more, and even some plants she had before she died, still in pots in the house. So, I come by this gardening thang via her!

I'm also very contrast minded, so flowers tend to alternate between dark and light, leaves between variegated and green, smooth and textured. You'll note my fish are similarly contrasting.


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Guess I'm a product of my gardener-minded mom
My mom loved to garden.................but she had zero organization. If there was a bare spot a plant went into it. No real flow. I sort of get it from her. Now when I first planted the hill leading down to the pond I had it all organized, all mulched, weed free. After years of adding 3 inches of mulch every spring pulling weeds fighting vines, etc etc, I gave up.

Now anything I really don't want and can't fight vines of poison ivy, virginia creeper, etc, gets a good dose of round up or something similar. Md is a non stop fight to control the vines. The worse are the brambles. Unreal thorns etc. and grow everywhere.
 

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My mom loved to garden.................but she had zero organization. If there was a bare spot a plant went into it. No real flow. I sort of get it from her. Now when I first planted the hill leading down to the pond I had it all organized, all mulched, weed free. After years of adding 3 inches of mulch every spring pulling weeds fighting vines, etc etc, I gave up.

Now anything I really don't want and can't fight vines of poison ivy, virginia creeper, etc, gets a good dose of round up or something similar. Md is a non stop fight to control the vines. The worse are the brambles. Unreal thorns etc. and grow everywhere.
Yikes! About the worst thing I have/had was poison ivy and you know, for the life of me, I could never remember exactly what it looked like when weeding in that area and would always get a case of itchies every summer. Finally, new neighbor moved in behind me, cleared EVERYTHING OUT (there were dense trees along the fence line and ALL the poison ivy was coming from there, even after I eliminated it from MY yard) and now, it's GREAT! I would spend a day cutting back all the branches up to the telephone lines with pruners, tree saws, etc just to keep some bit of sun on MY side of the fence. Heh, ALL my lilacs, along that fence, are leaning toward the pondhouse. Now, they get to grow upright and even TOWARD my neighbors. 30 years I did this! Glad I was young then!

But I understand how easy it CAN get away from you, all the weeding. Best laid plans, and all that, hey? And obviously, you have a LOT of area plus it's on a hill and no doubt, in full sun. Not the best areas to weed. I tend to let the sun follow me and stay in the shade, except in spring. BUT, I do think if you don't stay on it regularly, it's all too easy to find yourself fighting a jungle. I find having dense perennials helps a lot but I do try to hit the gardens once a week (typically Monday as I take that day off). Mulch does help minimize the bad weeks when it rains a lot and I don't get to it.
 
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Pretty easy here to keep control of weeds and things gone wild. Our climate does not allow a lot of stuff to grow really fast except Blackberry bushes! Who ever brought those plants over here to our country should be in jail.............well they are dead now so no need for that but they fill any land left dormant and would take over the world if allowed!
I use a ton of free mulched up tree limbs and bark. Works great!
 

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you have a LOT of area plus it's on a hill and no doubt, in full sun.
Yep on a hill steep enough it is hard to walk up, Makes a great stream. Full full sun, shade only as the sun sets.

I have planted a ton of perennials, comb flowers, they all poofed away, expect a few, do have a lot of nice red bee balm, and purple liles that have taken over, but very pretty. Lemon grass smells great when you walk on it, lots of mint, the bees love it and love the smell as I mow it. On and on. Golden rod everywhere, good food for the bees in the fall.

I don't let it bother me. The deer snack on the day lilies, some bloom a lot loose their flower buds. And I planted a lot of them.
 

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WOW. Just wow. I need to close my mouth before something flies in it!
well, we got margaritas or hot chocolate, depending on the season; with a screen, not much else gets to fly into any mouths...;)

Thanks for stoppin' by and settin' a spell! Welcome back anytime!
 
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You have a ton of beauties!
been working hard toward that end, JDub; used to be you'd easily pick out the 'koi' re color, now? Not so easy and it's the gf that are harder to pick out (the ones NOT orange or orange+white.). Don't have as many shubbies anymore (sad face) and that's part of the reason I've leaned into the white,black, and red koi more. If I ever find shubbies that looked as good as my first batch, I'd buy them in an instant but most I see are too muddled for my taste, hence the koi with their more distinct patterns!

Thanks, as always, for taking a peek!

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been working hard toward that end, JDub; used to be you'd easily pick out the 'koi' re color, now? Not so easy and it's the gf that are harder to pick out (the ones NOT orange or orange+white.). Don't have as many shubbies anymore (sad face) and that's part of the reason I've leaned into the white,black, and red koi more. If I ever find shubbies that looked as good as my first batch, I'd buy them in an instant but most I see are too muddled for my taste, hence the koi with their more distinct patterns!

Thanks, as always, for taking a peek!

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You need to take a road trip up near @addy1 she has this secret place where she gets all her lovely Shubbies!
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You need to take a road trip up near @addy1 she has this secret place where she gets all her lovely Shubbies!
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too true; when I actually go looking online, I'm pretty disappointed in what they'r offering plus I know ME; I'll want to pick out a specific one(s) and not be sent what they think is a good version. But bidding on shubbies online isn't that popular and when I DO see one, the price is as much as a koi...ah, so, you KNOW which way I'm going with THAT one!


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too true; when I actually go looking online, I'm pretty disappointed in what they'r offering plus I know ME; I'll want to pick out a specific one(s) and not be sent what they think is a good version. But bidding on shubbies online isn't that popular and when I DO see one, the price is as much as a koi...ah, so, you KNOW which way I'm going with THAT one!


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Good prices for hers if the place is still there?
 
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Good prices for hers if the place is still there?
you're going to have to up the ante; I doubt my wife would take a road trip to Maryland just for shubbies...though, I COULD try! heh heh


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pure love and relax

I'm finding a lot of enjoyment with pond vids, but I've always like camera stuff anyhow. Glad the price of a gopro knockoff is affordable! I really like the different pov than just from above. This summer, I'm going to do more 'water level' shots; made a new/different type float for the cam as the gatorcam didn't really work that well for this type pov; sorta tipped and rocked too much. This new model will float flat and I'll just have to pole it around the pond, as far as I can reach, or, figure a way for the gatorboat to push it...hmm, that does give me an idea...!


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Good prices for hers if the place is still there?
They are still around, I have not picked up any new fish in years, except the fan tails after the heron ate every single one. I have no way to keep new fish separate from the fish I have.

They have over 100 acres of ponds, third generation raising the fish.
 

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