What does your pond look like ... Today?


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Lotus blooming great!

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Thank you, @TheFishGuy. Installation was a group effort of friends in 2013. View attachment 132000
This is a March photo during the build. If you look closely, you’ll see the Japanese maple we built the pond around.
Quite different from 2020, eh?
holy cow! I am beyond impressed that you installed it!
 
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The bees are inhaling water , when it is this hot they use it to help cool the hive, like a evaporation cooler. Also use the water to process honey and to feed the brood.


Well that explains why I can’t get close to my bird bath...there are always swarms of bees on it...I add water with the hose but from a distance. 98 degrees here and still rising. Brutal!
 

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Well that explains why I can’t get close to my bird bath...there are always swarms of bees on it...I add water with the hose but from a distance. 98 degrees here and still rising. Brutal!
I work right next to them in the pond, they won't bother you. Just stay out of their flight path, to and from the hive and water. I am adding water and pulling some of the excess plant growth.
 
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@addy1 what would your bees do w/o your ponds? Any other sources of water nearby? They are lucky ducky bees!
They would need to fly to the river or if it rains a puddle. So instead of a 30 foot flight it would be about 1/2 mile maybe more. Or if someone has a swimming pool, a pond around us they would go there. Then the pool owners would be upset with a ton of bees coming to drink.
 
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Incredible! Isn't it amazing that such a beautiful scene is in your own backyard—and due, in part, to your own work and design and creativity? The sun retains credit for illuminating everything in such a glow, but your work primed the canvas . . .

Just stunning. Thank you for sharing.
 
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Three Perry’s Baby Reds (?) opened this morning. The singleton has a Cyperus haspan, one of my favorite marginals, by side. The twins have a tropical waterlily for a roommate, hence the big serrated leaves
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My third pond had three Chromatellas and one Hermine flowering
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But when I crouched down to take a picture from different perspective, I found out there is actually one more Hermine in full bloom
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So eight water lilies blooming in 105 gallons of pond water total... Not bad...
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My pond is doing its own remake of 'the good, the bad and the ugly'. Good news is, the canna on the island is starting to bloom heavily & after regretting my decision to not buy water hyacinth this year, we took a field trip to a relatively close pond supplier to buy some this past weekend, & our purchases are looking wonderful. The bad & ugly news? If these silly frogs don't stop their spawning, I'll never get rid of the foamy mess that is the surface of my pond every morning lately!!
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No fertilizer since the fall and the lilies are going flower crazy this summer.

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I had tossed a tuber into one of my small loop ponds, no clue on color. It turned out to be a real nice creamy white, yellow large flower. The plant could use some more room to grow, you can see the leaves sticking out of the water.
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This is one of the stream ponds, shallow with a lily and other plants, almost black in color. Again leaves sticking out of the water due to needing more space, but they all look great.
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Mr frog was watching me work.

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One of the lilies in the 1000 gallon tank.

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It’s 4:30 pm here now, all Hermines and Reds already closed for the day, but my beautiful Chromatella still in full bloom.
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Well done sugar . the prolonged warm spring i think gave a lot of ponds issues with disease but this everyday HAZY HOT HUMID CRAP is beyond good for the water plants
 

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