Lowes has a small water garden section outside in almost all lowes and they sell many different color lily cat tales pickerel rush but there is also amazon I have ordered water lettuce red root floaters water spangled and actually getting ready to open water hyacinth that just came from Amazon all plants are from lowes or amazon
i did call my secret garden,,,they said it would be 2 weeks until them have a good supply of grasses for my koi pomd,,,thank you for posting a look out for me,,,i appeaciate itHe lives in NW Louisiana (just a tad NE of me — we are in full spring pollen season, with trees are greening out all over!). Gardeners here are already planting.
@don hollowell, if I had plants I would gladly share, but I’m between ponds (I have a ton of anacharis, but it might get eaten by your fish). With koi, you have the problem that they like to eat roots and will root around in and upset plants (like water lilies). Your water looks great! That layer of green algae is actually good for your pond’s ecosystem. That is what I call “blanket” algae, and it works along with your plants to reduce wastes. If you want a natural pond, then this is something good to have, so you don’t want to get rid of it (string algae is a different thing, but also easy to take care of).
It’s normal for algae to flourish in the spring. The fish have been relaxing over winter, so haven’t been producing as much waste. As the water warms up, and the koi become more active, the algae will respond to the waste they produce — plus the fact that your bog plants are just waking up, as well, so they have to “catch up.”
There is a shop off Mansfield road called ARKLATEX WATER GARDENS — may have changed the name to MY SECRET GARDEN. They usually have water lettuce/water hyacinth and lots of nice water Lily plants (we usually grow the hardy version around here, because the will die back in fall and emerge again in the spring.), and other marginal/bog-type plants. (318) 775-4929.
IMHO, don’t do anything with your water, and give your bog a chance to mature — it’s called patience and is one of the HARDEST qualities for pond people to cultivate. Oh, and be sure you aren’t overstocked with fish. If you don’t already, get a good water test kit and keep an eye on your pH, ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, and KH. Not sure how the spring water will effect these parameters, though.
Your pond and bog look very nice, and thank you for posting pics! Very helpful!
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