A new Baby

Fredericton N B, Canada(Zone 4a)

Yesterday the weather was warm.....almost like spring.The snowbanks had melted enough so I could inspect my garden.Well......I found a young goldfish nearly 2" long. I've never had young ones in my pond in the last 12 years I've had the pond Here is a picture of the family.

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Fredericton N B, Canada(Zone 4a)

Today is a different story.We have had a snow storm.It has deposited heavy wet snow 20Cm.This is what it has done to my pines

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Grand-Falls, NB(Zone 4a)

So sorry, to see the damage to your pine. They said the highway was closed, from Woodstock to Moncton, this afternoon. We got it tonight at diner time. The wind has picked up and seeing blowing snow out there.
Congratulation on the new addition to your pond. How many Goldfish do you have?
I get new fishes every year, but most of them are eaten by the other goldfishes and other critters in the pond. I'm glad they don't all survive, I wouldn't know, what to do with them all. ;)

Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

AG - your babies are so cute.....

Sorry about the pine tree. I hope the shape of the tree isn't ruined.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Joy - congratulations on your grandgoldfish!

I hope the pines bounce back. Are they broken limbs on the ground? I hope not.

Fredericton N B, Canada(Zone 4a)

Thanks for all the congratulations.The pine is very brittle and we loose a branch or two every winter.It really doesn't do the trees any harm.It grows so luxuriantly it needs pruning. We are surrounded by very large trees.Some of the other trees were bending dangerously near the power line.Last summer a branch fell on the power line that goes through our garden and put the power off all over the city.It wasn't our tree thank goodness.We are expecting another snow storm tonight and tomorrow.I haven't been out to check the menage aux trois in my pond.Too much snow!!. JOY

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

I'm guessing the fish do fine through all the snow storms, Joy. I do remember all your trees and the lovely shade.

(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

Well, if this makes ya'll down south feel any better, I spent part of this morning rigging one of my pumps to a 4x4 at the deep end of the pond to try to open the ice down there and push it toward the shallows. also to pull water from the shallows where I have an aerator. Trying to 'freshen' up the pond as soon as I can to see what survived the winter.

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(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

Closeup of the pump set up. I was a little worried of losing my balance and going in headfirst while I was stringing up the pump and trying to get it directed in the right way.

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Fredericton N B, Canada(Zone 4a)

Do you still have your pond deicer in the pond? My fish come up to the warm water around the de-icer.Last year a Crow caught one and sat on the ice and ate it.I lived in Wrangell when I was a child .We didn't have the cold you do.I've been following your posts with interest. My fish live over the winter to be devoured by a raccoon or something when they are large enough fo a good meal.My big concern this spring is my Lotus.I've left two de-icers in to warm the water.The ice has been gone for a while.It still freezes over at night.JOY

(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

I had to go look. You were way warmer down on Wrangell. I still have a deicer in the skimmer and remember last year finding a few small fish in there from time to time. I suspect the deicer could keep that little black box warmer than the pond in general. I don't have any deicers in the main pond now that I have lots of open water and moving water. It could drop and freeze on me before full spring though. Mine skims over fairly lightly at night, but melts pretty fast. I don't think that the deicers can do much more than keep a hole open in my pond. it is running 32-34F at the bottom, with one huge ice cube in the middle. Just too much mass of cold. I feel for you with your varmints. At least I don't have that problem. I see little cat prints sometimes but they can't get to my fish who stay pretty much in the middle and toward the bottom.

Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

ms/Joy -

when do both of you generally have spring in your respective areas?

(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

Shortly before Fall up here. ROTFL. I guess it depends on your definition of spring. I guess I figure when the snow is gone and it is in the 50's steady. That would be May, say middle of?? depending. Flowers go into the ground June 1 for the risk-averse, and May 20 for the daring souls. Can't depend on the weather man to tell us. This pic was taken May 14 and is fairly representative. This hill has all perennials: Pinkie Alpine Daisy, Shooting Star, Sylvestris Anemone, Day lilies, fringed bleeding heart, columbine (dwarf Barlow type), rote and blau glocke. I will look at holder pictures to see when the snow was still around

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(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

Back yard on April 4th.

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(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

snow today after rain (both slight) yesterday. I don't think the snow is even staying on the ground when it hits. I do hope everyone down south is doing okay. I read the news about the weather down there this morning and was worried about all my friends here at Dave's. And even if you people are okay, what about your yards and ponds?

Fredericton N B, Canada(Zone 4a)

We are having much the same weather as you here on the other side of the continent.My garden is really a mess.Last fall I didn't have the fall cleanup done on my flowerbeds.The birds did like eating the seed head but what a mess now.The snow is still with us in spots,but as soon as it is gone I'll call my helpers to come and clean up the worst of it.I have spring bulbs out front front that I don't want them to step on.Here is a picture of my pond today....not really a thing of beauty right now.

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Fredericton N B, Canada(Zone 4a)

This is the snow bank.It will be here for a while yet I'm afraid JOY

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(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

We did just the opposite and had everything cut back simply because we knew we'd lose our helper, Neri, so we wanted to get ahead. He did a great job and now I think of him and miss him even more. He'd get up all these twigs and old leaves in one day's time.

(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

AG, amazing how yukky our ponds look in spring and how gorgeous they become in a few short months. See what you mean about junk from last fall. Looks like a Bergenia laying flat in the front. I seriously underestimated our snowdump today. I took this a bout an hour ago and it is still falling.

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(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

the pump is spewing water down in the front of the picture and the aerator is bubbling toward the back. What a mess. And to add insult to injury, look at what my outdoor thermometer shows.

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Fredericton N B, Canada(Zone 4a)

Hi girls let me introduce you to my friend Pirl from New York state.Pirle and her husband Jack visited me a few years ago.My cat Willow just came in and insists on sitting on my lap, He is wet and cold ...needs to be cuddled.I try to keep myself happy with my indoor garden.It is thriving ever since Pirl brought me some messenger.I've been using it ever since.
Here are some pictures.JOY

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Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

Joy -

Gorgeous, gorgeous flowers. Do you use messenger on your orchids? they are stunning.

I know Pirlie..... she's a very kind and thoughtful person.

Carolyn

Fredericton N B, Canada(Zone 4a)

Yes I do use messenger on my Orchids and all my houseplants.I've managed to keep this Bougainvillea alive over two winters

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Fredericton N B, Canada(Zone 4a)

This is the cat Willow and another shot of my flowers

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(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Joy is a very lovely lady, a warm and gracious hostess and she has a very beautiful home and such inviting gardens. Her son and his family were most welcoming and Andy, her son, gave us a tour of Fredericton the day after Joy made a delightful and delicious meal for us. Here she is bringing out the dessert. What a perfect evening!

I know I have another package of Messenger around here somewhere, Joy. When I find it I'll send it to you.

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Fredericton N B, Canada(Zone 4a)

Oh Pirl you are too sweet. I would love to have some Messenger. They are making it under another name now. I did know the new name but I've lost it......down to my last package.My image has changed... age catches up with us but I still try to outrace it.

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Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

Joy -

your plants both inside and outside are just beautiful. I think I should probably be giving mine messenger as well.... I have wanted to try Bougainvillea, but figured I would never get it to flower in my zone.... Willow is a beauty. I am a cat lover as well....

Fredericton N B, Canada(Zone 4a)

When I brought the bougainvillea in last fall it was so full and covered with buds.Only the one branch survived. It really likes to be warm. JOY

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

You still look wonderful, Joy.

We've had Bougainvillea flower in a large southwest window over winter.

I'll keep looking for the Messenger.

Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

Arlene -

where does one find messenger?

Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

Thanks!

Fredericton N B, Canada(Zone 4a)

Beahive I tried to order from the company but they won't ship to Canada.I used to get Messenger from a company that is no longer in business.It isn't sold in Canada.Did you find any other sources? If you did could you let me know.JOY

(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

Joy, I could order it for you assuming they are reasonable about freight, and send it on. USPS isn't too bad here. Oh, but you are clear on the other side of the continent. Forget that I guess. Sorry.

Fredericton N B, Canada(Zone 4a)

MsStella Thanks for the offer. I think it is just a case where I need to find another supplier. It is hard to find.Keep warm JOY

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Virginia Beach, VA

I use messenger which I bought at DG coop few years ago.

As far as bouganvillia I had a couple but died, they like warm /hot/humid weather. I did nit have much room in the sun room so i had cut back buying tropicals. Happy gardening !!! Belle

Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

I am going to have to give the Bougainvillea a try. I remember the last time we were in Florida - Bougainvillea was growing off the side of a building. It was gorgeous....

Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL(Zone 9b)

Be aware though, that it has huge 2 inch thorns, so dont put it where children will run into it.

Fredericton N B, Canada(Zone 4a)

To change the subject back to babies.....I'm pleased to announce that two more have appeared,A black one and a calico one.All the adult fish are all gold.I just wonder what has been going on.I didn't see them.My DIL found them.I did see them when they were pointed out to me. I'm booked to have my cataract removed on Friday.I hope I'll see them better after that. JOY

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

I'm sure you will. I asked the doc if I'd lose my wrinkles with the cataract operation and he told me I wouldn't but I'd be able to see them better: he was right! My next one is 5/11.

Good luck, Joy.

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