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I am not complaining mind you….. but something is different this year. I have the same fish as I have had for 5 years…. Same equipment/filtration. Thinned the plants this spring the same as I always do. I would think with as much rain as we have had, but everything is growing in the pond. This is not a “Bragging Post “…. The plants in my pond are going crazy, I have cattail that are 6’ tall and haven’t even started to put heads on…. Never had any over 4’. Arrow Head plant has gotten so big it has started to droop over the side, going to have to cut the elephant ears back and they haven’t even started putting runners out yet. All the terrestrial gardens are doing great, but nothing any different from any other years.
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I am not complaining mind you….. but something is different this year. I have the same fish as I have had for 5 years…. Same equipment/filtration. Thinned the plants this spring the same as I always do. I would think with as much rain as we have had, but everything is growing in the pond. This is not a “Bragging Post “…. The plants in my pond are going crazy, I have cattail that are 6’ tall and haven’t even started to put heads on…. Never had any over 4’. Arrow Head plant has gotten so big it has started to droop over the side, going to have to cut the elephant ears back and they haven’t even started putting runners out yet. All the terrestrial gardens are doing great, but nothing any different from any other years. View attachment 140078View attachment 140079View attachment 140080View attachment 140081View attachment 140078View attachment 140079View attachment 140080View attachment 140081
maybe you're talking to them too much?
 

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Sorry for the double pictures…. I have never mastered putting pictures on here… LoL
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My iris have never done as well as they are doing this year, the lilies going crazy, all bog plants huge.
And of course poison ivy it is on steroids. I had to cut a huge vine from one of our trees, clip the vine, spray the lower part with very strong roundup for poison ivy. I am highly allergic to the stuff. Can never touch that tree again even the dead vine will get me.
 
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I wonder if the cool spring worked to your advantage, somehow? I feel like my plants have been slow to really get going this year. Or maybe the plants have just reached that size where they are fully mature? Whatever the reason, everything looks fantastic!
 

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Our temps have gone from hotter than normal to colder than normal. Record breaking type temps. To dry then wet.
 
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Your plants give your a pond nice tropical look, which I like. I’ve noticed with some plants it can take them a few years to really take off In my ponds. They always Do well mind you, but then all the sudden they just start growing like crazy.
 
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@addy1 - In GA, we had warm, then mega cold! Warm again, then cold again. Back and forth. Now we are just hot and humid. The weather has been odd. But having those cool spells when it would normally already be blazing was a treat!
 
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I’ve noticed the same about my pond AND my garden and flowers as well…..maybe the world being quarantined for over a year might have helped? :unsure:
 
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we had some unusually warm/hot weather early in April and even May; I give credit to that for the nice, earlier-than-usual first water lily blooms. Same with my iris and even the daylilies, which already have buds.
 
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Our winter was much warmer than usual. Than Spring was rather chilly. Then we had dry, now we've had damp (not wet, since the major rain systems keep skirting around us, leaving just enough rain in our area to raise the humidity!) Some things are growing like crazy. Others are struggling. But, to be honest, every year is different in the garden (water garden included) I try my best not to fight Mother Nature & just roll with what she dishes out & how my garden responds.
My biggest gripe this year is that my parrots feather (which usually has to be beaten back on a regular basis to keep it from taking over my pond) is struggling to the point of barely living. Not sure what's going on, but I'm just rollin' with the punches here & hoping my plants can do the same.
 
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Our winter was much warmer than usual. Than Spring was rather chilly. Then we had dry, now we've had damp (not wet, since the major rain systems keep skirting around us, leaving just enough rain in our area to raise the humidity!) Some things are growing like crazy. Others are struggling. But, to be honest, every year is different in the garden (water garden included) I try my best not to fight Mother Nature & just roll with what she dishes out & how my garden responds.
My biggest gripe this year is that my parrots feather (which usually has to be beaten back on a regular basis to keep it from taking over my pond) is struggling to the point of barely living. Not sure what's going on, but I'm just rollin' with the punches here & hoping my plants can do the same.
Maybe take a cutting and grow it inside for a bit, just in case! I overwinter this way as parrot's feather is classified as invasive now, in Michigan. Despite I could never get it to survive in the pond once temps hit freezing.
 
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@Jimmy Gibson Your pond and surrounds are lush and tropical !!!! How are your koi doing ? Mine have not yet spawned this year and I'm keeping my fingers crossed they won't !!!!
 
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Sorry for the double pictures…. I have never mastered putting pictures on here… LoL
I think your pond looks really nice. I think it sometimes takes a few years for pond plants to get going really strong. Maybe the roots have to get big enough so if your fish nibble on them it doesn’t hurt them. I had my sedges 10 years before they went crazy and now they are too big for my pond!
 
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That old garden adage about plants - "The first year they sleep, the second year they creep, the third year they leap" has always been true in my garden and pond. If plants come back the second year I can be pretty confident they will make it.
 
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Maybe take a cutting and grow it inside for a bit, just in case! I overwinter this way as parrot's feather is classified as invasive now, in Michigan. Despite I could never get it to survive in the pond once temps hit freezing.
It's still around in a few places, just not growing like crazy the way it normally does. I used to have both kinds, but preferred the red stem variety which is all I have now (removed all the 'regular' parrots feather several years back) I don't know what's going on with it. And I still haven't had a chance to get out & pick up my water hyacinth for this year! Was supposed to go yesterday, but ended up with a very sick, elderly dog to take care of (which obviously was the priority!)
 
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