Friday, September 10, 2010

Friday Afternoon Garden Club 9.10.2010

It’s FAC time in The Art Garden!  Grab your favorite beverage and pull up a chair.  You didn’t really want to work this afternoon anyway, did you?  Leave a comment to join the garden party.
Today’s topic: water gardens

Good news / bad news in the water garden.  The good news is that Kyoto, my favorite koi, totally recovered from his ailments of last winter (read about that here and here). He's happy tearing around the pond with his pal, Lucky:

Kyoto and Lucky at play

And participating in the evening feeding frenzy:

Kyoto, center, fights for his share of the food
So that's great news!

The bad news is that our water clarity has been terrible this year. For whatever reason (suggestions, anyone?) our usual crop of water hyacinths and water lettuce, which we depend on to shade the water and also filter it, did not grow at all this summer.  The result was murky, pea green water (caused by suspended algae) that made fish viewing almost impossible. Grrrr!

How have your water gardens fared this year?  Did you try any new plants? What are your favorites? Tell us about your fish, too...


Les said...

I usually have very clear water, most likely due to the fact my water garden is shaded (against the advice of WG experts). I also have part of it covered with a bridge and have an overgrown patch of water iris that make for a good filter. The fish would tell you that they wish they were fed more often, but I think they are fine.

Jocelyn H. Chilvers said...

Thanks, Les, good to know! Now I can embrace the shade and not resent it. We have also cut way back on feeding our fish this summer, but they are still fat and happy.