I already have a zen feeling about this years pond season. This feeling of peace and relaxation is most likely due to my decision to minimize some aspects of our fish-less garden pond. Gone will be the tall in-pond plants that looked so out of place. Expect to plant numerous pond border ground covers and stone hugging specimens to futher soften the overall look and feel. Seasonal pond side potted plants will be back. Existing lily pads should do well. Our pond is never going to be a show place like so many yet it will always be a simple place of beauty and tranquility. The sound of water flowing into the pond. Shade from the over hanging trees. Moss growing naturally on rough stones. Continued growth of the welcomed cypress tree knots. Gazing at the very gentle movement of the crystal clear water amidst the stones and greenery. Such attributes are satisfaction enough.