Butterfly Koi by Nancy G. deGarmeaux Some of the most beautiful fish you can add to your pond are butterfly koi. Years ago, koi were crossed with Indonesian long finned carp, Kohaku and Showa, in Niigata, Japan. They were crossed to improve body shape. Some of the offspring were unusual but not really desirable. They [...]
What causes algae blooms? Sometimes natural causes, runoff of nutrients from around the pond after a storm or rain. Most common culprit of Algae blooms is the pond owner him or her self.
Friday spring officially arrived. She may just be sitting on the calendar as morning frost covers the ground again in the Midwest through the East. Colorado and Wyoming and across the northern half of the Midwest are preparing for snow. Not at all uncommon as Denver’s snowiest month is March. Next weekend it looks [...]
Loads of training, preparation and installation of the new North offices in Canton Ohio are almost finished. Thanks so much to Steve Mears for all his help and influence over the fall and winter months, a very good man. Some pictures of the new offices we have built for the new phone service people are included below. My dad and I built the new desks last August and they are working wonderfully.
by Nancy G. deGarmeaux; Of all the plants you can choose for your water garden or pond, the lotus is truly the aristocrat! The American Lotus is one of the most striking plants on the planet. Most of the round, Lily pad like shaped leaves stand high above the water, while the remaining leaves float on [...]
The pads on the Stan Skinger Water Lily are heavily mottled with maroon streaks on a green background.
I add lilies that have longer bloom times throughout the day and that bloom from first bloom til frost. I add interest by adding complimentary colors with my bog plants and ones with interesting shapes (sword-like leaves, fern-like foliage, spiky blooms, etc. ) Nothing is quite as peaceful as water lily pads and blooms “floating” magically on the calm water. It’s also exciting to hear and see splashing water from the waterfalls and the flash of orange, red, yellow, or white koi or other fish in the water.
The new plant species are coming together. Look for them soon. The new design of this blog is coming together and I hope will be up by the 20th of February. I spent about 9 days to visit with my parents, sister-in-law, niece and nephew and was without the internet for the last few [...]
Madame Ganna Walska, another overperforming water lily just like the Miami Rose but with a much softer wonderful lavender flower. Many blooms at one time and incredible foliage. Some mottling but heavily green pads. A great water garden plant. Offered since 1999 this is a top performer. 4.5 of 5 stars!
Miami Rose. In 2008 I declared this my favorite water lily to date. I intend to show you some new varieties, that have just been hybridized, we will be bringing to the mass market in 2010 that may surpass this. There are NEW reds and purples that I cannot wait to show you this summer that are not available to anyone yet, you will find them here first!