Love is in the air!

Lewes, DE

My shubunkin have started spawning. It seems a little early in the season, but they are chasing each other around and writhing up against the flower pots and the sides of the pond. I guess they are trying to replenish their ranks after the blue heron visits this spring. He took a few but my fish are smart enough now to hide. I just wish the heron would stop pooping on my mailbox, my fence, my roof....!

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

I've seen my sarassas chasing each other around too.... Must be that time of year! We had one weekend of rain, and I had to go out with a net and do a toad relocation mission. Had at least 35 pairs ( yes pairs!) breeding in the koi pond. The sound was deafening, and the egg strands were clogging up the pumps. Took them all in a tubby to a little stream bank about a mile away, came back home and found another 12 pair in the water. sheesh....

(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

Sounds like fun. Beats the snow I woke up to. The wind blew off the top of two of my raised beds, replaced them, one blew again, replaced, blew again before I went to bed. Left it. Then it snowed.

Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

Snow.... ugh Mary.....

Double ugh!

(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

Snow is all gone and melted. Warm and nice outside (45F). Damien is helping me finish the raised beds. Fun to work outside together. Been a miserable week in the cold, sleet, soggy ice ground trying to work on it by myself. He even took me to breakfast. And I got roses yesterday. Said I could use a little sunshine. sigh

Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

We could all use the sunshine. I went to see my girlfriend in Rochester this past weekend. The drive home along Seneca Lake was beautiful. All the cherry trees, crab apples, apple trees, dogwood are in full bloom and when I got home, I saw that my lilacs are starting. I love the smell of lilacs in bloom.

You can just see the Kwanzen cherry over my pond is in full bloom. She was closed up tighter than a drum when I left for Rochester Friday night.


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noonamah, Australia

We're coming into our dry season now (officially started 1 May) but it's been dry for a while this year. Virtually no cloud cover and the sun's still got quite a kick to it. Water levels are dropping fast. My Blue-eyes (fish, not me) have played the multiplication game quite well. A lot of other fish are in non-permanent water so will become bird feed. I usually put some into a few other ponds that I have but that's only a small % of them. It's part of the natural cycle here.

(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

I always want new words to say 'beautiful' ' lovely' 'peaceful' ---- guess I am not very literate. But it surely is all those things.

Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

Did not mean to be off topic earlier - Seems we generally are seeing the koi breeding in early August, however last year was much earlier.

Clermont, FL(Zone 9a)

Carolyn, love that cherry tree just beautiful. Wonderful to see you all coming out of winter. We got some rain and many plants are now starting to bloom.

Bonnie

Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

Thanks Bonnie - it wont' take long and all of those petals will be in the pond. We will be netting them out twice daily for a couple of days. After that, there won't be any netting out leaves until fall.

Clermont, FL(Zone 9a)

Carolyn,
what are those green plants that look like they are in 2 lines in your pond?

Bonnie

Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

2 lines - do you mean over by the fence?

Clermont, FL(Zone 9a)

Took a second look--its a shrub that is over the water. DUH

Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

Bonnie

there are a bunch of shrubs - if you are talking about over by the fence, there are a black knight butterfly bush, a little princess spirea and several clematis that are growing on the fence. If you are talking about the bog over by the fence, there are variegated cattails and a rogue water iris.

If you are talking closer to the camera - there is a euonymous (sp?) and a lemon cypress.

I am not sure what part of the photo you are talking about.

Clermont, FL(Zone 9a)

No sweat its all beautiful. Everything you have planted around your pond is gorgeous.

Got so excited yesterday, one of my big koi named Blondie let me pet her and then took off. Did it again this morning.

When I get the time to clean ponds I'm sure she'll be able to see me better coming at her with the cherrios. They are eating like pigs.

Got to get back to work on window treatments. I'll be so glad to be done and get back outside and try to get caught up on the weeding. My friend gave me a sign that says the weeds are wining and I think its right.

Happy Memorial Day weekend to all.

Bonnie

Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

pond and garden pictures

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Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

more

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Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

still more. Got to stand the tree up and tie it to the fence

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Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

still some more, The garden is across the street from the house and you can enter from the back of the garage or through the Japanese gateway.

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Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

lilacs smell great at the entrance. Double French pinky lavender. Clematis on the lattice. I need to do more weeding before I can show more of the pathways.

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Clermont, FL(Zone 9a)

Oh Mittsy, sure reminds me of the woods in Conn. I grew up in. And at one of our places in RI called Bitterdweet Farm we had lilacs that lined the whole driveway which was about 300 feet and when they bloomed the smell was heavenly. I sure do miss them. Whoever had owned the place before us really loved flowers and shrubs cause it was loaded. At the time I was too busy with jobs and raising 4 kids to really appreciate it all. Bittersweet grew all over the stone walls all across the front. That place had 7 acres of mostly woods but in front lots of nice plants and shrubs.

Second set of pics third from left is that a red maple? Beautiful.

We can tell you really love plants and it looks so nice.

Bonnie

Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

Yes, it's a Japanese red maple. I've received a lot of trees, shrubs, and plants over the years as birthday, Mother's Day and anniversary gifts. Yesterday we celebrated our 50 year anniversary. Last year I received a gift certificate to the Borglum's (you dig) sale of irises. I planted them as soon as I got them home so I hope last year's planting will reward me with beautiful blooms this season. I chose all Siberians. My pond had three different water lilies blooming yesterday and I forgot to go get the camera. I'm in hope that they will still be blooming today.

Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

Mittsy

Gorgeous photos. I love the serenity of plants and shrubs and wooded areas. I can almost smell the lilacs. Our lilacs were gorgeous this past year and at some point, I would really love to go to the Lilac festival in Rochester. Funny thing, I have lived in Rochester on and off for a great number of years - you would think I would have hit the Lilac Festival long before now.

Love your pond - what types of waterlilies do you have?

Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

Carolyn scroll down and you can see my water lilies.

http://davesgarden.com/tools/tradelist/manage.php?list=have&offset=200

Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

Mittsy

it says 'your list is empty'

Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

I don't understand it as when I click on the link it takes me right to it. Maybe someone else will try it.

Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

Mittsy

In your settings, you can check or uncheck a box that allows others to read your diaries and journals.

Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

I don't have any diaries or journals, just my tradelist.

Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

Mittsy

I went into your trade list by letter and pulled these up - they are gorgeous!


Hardy Water Lily
Nymphaea - 'Charlene Strawn'

Hardy Water Lily
Nymphaea - 'Mayla'

Hardy Water Lily
Nymphaea - 'Mme Wilfron Gonnère'

Hardy Water Lily
Nymphaea odorata 'Arc-en-Ciel'

Hardy Water Lily
Nymphaea x marliacea - Chromatella'


I particularly like 'Mme Wilfron Gonnère'

Carolyn

Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

Carolyn, I'd be happy to send you one as soon as it warms up a bit and I can get into the pond. The Madame W. Gonnere is very prolific. I have several open pollinated crosses of Seneca Pastel Charm blooming for the first time this year. Both plants came from the same pod,bloomed on the same day, but what a difference in color.

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Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

Mittsy

I appreciate the offer - I am going to wait on that. Not sure what I am doing yet. This year, we did the Waterlilys differently this year and I am not sure if it is going to work - so I may take you up on that later. DH wanted to put all the lilies into tubs instead of the individual pots and I don't seem to have much in the way of pads showing yet. Not sure if his idea is going to work. Funny thing, I offered to get into the pond to do the fertilizing and that was shot down.


I want to mention - my female fish seem to be swelling quite large this year with eggs. Not sure if it is because they are another year older or if it has something to do with water conditions. MM, do you know?

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

My females were very large this year too, even the younger ones. I had wondered if they developed a bit later, due to the weird weather, and now that it's so warm (and bit later in the season) if they are just more eggy than usual. The one female seemed very large, so I gave her an injection of Ovaprim, so she'd spawn within 12 hours.

Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

MM - did the Ovaprim help? My biggest problem would be catching them to give them the injections. Funny you mention the smaller females as well - I too, noticed that even the smaller female koi were getting larger. Mine don't typically spawn until later in the summer, although I do recall it being earlier last year.

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

If there's a fish in doubt, and I know the water is warm, I catch them, soak them in a tubbie of Tricaine water (an anasthesia that makes them fall asleep and roll over, almost looking dead) It usually take only 5-8 minutes before they're asleep. Then I give the females an injection, and 2 males an injection as well. Usually, before I can even wake up, they've already spawned, and the remaining eggs they haven't eaten, are everywhere. Otherwise, I just let mother nature takes it course, and don't worry about it. I lost a 2 foot matsuba last year, due to being egg impacted, and it broke my heart, so now I worry if it looks like someone is in trouble. Koi breeders use Ovaprim (it's a fish spawning hormone) to breed a specific high end female with a high end male, instead of allowing flock spawning.

Stirling, NJ(Zone 6a)

I've talked to them but nobody will admit to being a boy or girl.........so how do I tell............yup! really new at caring about such things. LOL

Athens, PA(Zone 5b)

Q

Too often the males and females look alike. I read that males have a torpedo shape and females tend to have a more rounded body. I have also read they have differences in the shape of their fins. The only way I have really been able to tell is when they are spawning or doing the 'dance' that leads up to spawning. Mine are all doing that 'dance' now, where the males are chasing the females.


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