What does your pond look like ... Today?


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I started over. It finally got warm enough to take off the cover and tackle cleaning, but I found a rotting mouse in the bottom when skimming debris out, and decided that meant it was time to drain it completely and really give it a major fresh start. I had good algae but not worth the trade off of not knowing what parasites/bacteria are in the water. Looking to buy plants now. It did snow last week, but it was high level snow and the air temps were not below freezing (no accumulation). The water is staying above 50 at night with the heater, and hopefully the air temps will stay above freezing now as well. The moss is not looking good, some is OK, but most of it appears to have failed. Will have to find a sun variety or rethink my hill plans. Low ground cover suggestions for zone 5a with morning/afternoon shade and late afternoon/evening sun on a west-facing hill with poor/gravelly soil?

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It's starting to look like my pond plants didn't survive the winter but at least this guy's been hanging around the past few days. It should finally break 70 degrees here this weekend though it'll be thunderstorming most of the time.

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This is one tough plant!

I planted two in the bog, thalia's and put one in a lowes bucket, full of holes, stuck in a shallow stream pond, like a foot deep, just a turn in the stream. The two in bog did not come back at least yet.

But the one that was stuck in a bucket, no water flow, no protection from the cold, may have really dried out, is growing! The red line.
So leaving it in the bucket.
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This is one tough plant!

I planted two in the bog, thalia's and put one in a lowes bucket, full of holes, stuck in a shallow stream pond, like a foot deep, just a turn in the stream. The two in bog did not come back at least yet.

But the one that was stuck in a bucket, no water flow, no protection from the cold, may have really dried out, is growing! The red line.
So leaving it in the bucket. View attachment 129119
Place looks great Addy I love when lants grow and MINGLE
 
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This is one tough plant!

I planted two in the bog, thalia's and put one in a lowes bucket, full of holes, stuck in a shallow stream pond, like a foot deep, just a turn in the stream. The two in bog did not come back at least yet.

But the one that was stuck in a bucket, no water flow, no protection from the cold, may have really dried out, is growing! The red line.
So leaving it in the bucket. View attachment 129119
Love the thalia! I had the non-hardy version growing in my window box bogs several years ago. It got over 7 feet tall and bloomed. I cut it back in fall to bring in and ended up with a nasty contact dermatitis from handling the leaves. No more thalia for me. Don't know if the hardy plant has the same effect.
 

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ended up with a nasty contact dermatitis from handling the leaves.
Thanks for the warning! Mine never got going last year, it was a late in the year gift. I will be aware of the contact dermatitis, I get a horrible case if I get near black eyed susan flowers. The only and only time both arms swollen to twice their size, sick for over a week.

It is a hardy, came from a pond 1/2 mile from our house. They do nothing to protect their plants over winter.
 

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Place looks great Addy I love when lants grow and MINGLE
lol my entire yard is that way. I am a casual gardener and casual ponder. Sort of let things just grow. Then do a chop back when you can't want through the yard. I do kill off poison ivy and all the darn vines that just grow everywhere!
 
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My pond looks...... full. We've had three straight days of rain, totaling over 7.5" (2.5 Tues., 3.5 Wed., 1.5 Thurs) But the sun came blazing out for most of the day today and everyone was loving it - fish, frogs, lizards, dogs, ME! lol
The place looks great BK EVERYTHING LOOKS BEYOND HEALTHY and very natural looking . how old is your pond ?
 
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Some serious spawning happening today with the goldfish and koi.
Don't know how deep the water is in those pics but seeing how clear the fish look i take it the bog continues to do well. The pond is looking real nice!!

How many gph do you have on your pump ? do you push water any where else besides the waterfall?
 
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got some yard work done but sun went in and some darker clouds .fish like the sun
Love that big fish at the bottom of your pic looks to be a real nice fish.
 
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