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      I was in Home Depot and Lowe's today, and could not help but notice all of the Christmas décor items for sale, including trees. This made me ponder the idea that Christmas is a good time to get those things we want/need for our ponds as gifts. I started wondering how many of us have received pond equipment/toys as Christmas presents in the past. Maybe now would be a good time to start "hinting" or asking for those things such as a new pump or a new net, etc. for Christmas. You might even have a list with an under $20 gift, under $50 gift, etc. I know I always am needing something.

      Along those thoughts, I want to encourage you to sign up for the Christmas/Holiday card exchange as well as the Holiday ornament exchange here on KP. It is a great way to get to know other KPers, and to add joy to your holidays. You can find the information in Chit Chat. Also, if you would like to help someone less fortunate or you need help during the holidays, there is a thread that explains that, and we appreciate all those who are willing to help.

      Now for a cost saving idea. I had an idea this year to get different colored 5 gallon buckets in which to store tropical lily tubers over the winter. I decided to use one color of buckets for the stock plants, one color for the saleable tubers, and another color for the Aussie tubers. Home Depot's buckets are orange, Lowe's buckets are blue, and Ace Hardware's are red. I am sure you have other stores with various colors. What I want to share with you is not a major savings, but it is good to know. My helper told me this, and so I am telling you. She said that the Firehouse Subs sub shop sells the 5 gallon plastic buckets with the lids that their pickles come in. I called and asked and was told that they do sell the used buckets. The buckets are red with white lids, and have the logo on them, and that they are only $2 each, including the lid. Having the logo on them also helps differentiate them from other red buckets. I have eaten there many times and never knew that. The money from the sale goes to the firemen's fund so there is also no tax on them. They smell like pickle juice for a few days, and they only sell them as they have them emptied, but it is a savings that also goes to help a good cause. Don't we all need a bucket now and then?

      Now let's go out and do more "pond"ering!
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      Today's "pond"erings are concerning those things about our ponds that we admire most. Maybe it is the thing that we take the greatest pride in, or maybe the thing that is hardest to accomplish. At times I think just having a pond that is free of algae, or a pond with clear water instead of green. At other times I am most proud of stone work that my son did to produce the beautiful design. I know that not all koi lovers love butterfly or longfin koi, but they are my favorite, and I enjoy watching them, so sometimes they are my favorite part of the pond.
      Today, I looked and that same purple blooming plant in the greenhouse was blooming again! And there was another Albert De Lastang bloom also. It is nice to see the blooms, and helps me hang on to summer, and makes winter a little shorter. I do not consider the calendar as to when spring begins. To me spring starts when I start dividing lotus tubers. Fall ends when the last bloom is gone. In the greenhouse there are mums blooming, brugmansias are blooming, green goddess calla are blooming, periwinkle are blooming, and so are some other plants, but I am most thrilled to see the lilies blooming.
      I am counting the days until spring, what about you?
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      Thank you Koigrl. I really appreciate your comments of encouragement.

      For today's considerations, I was struck by a news broadcast earlier today which gave me thought. It is a little early to be posting on here as ponds are mostly shut down, but I had to share something with you all. I found this interesting as well as funny. Each time I send people emails, or messages, I end my remarks by signing off with "Thanks, and happy ponding!" Each time I type that, however, my "spellcheck" tells me that "ponding" is not a word. I have mentioned this before and stated that I use it anyway. Well, after having 6 inches of rain last night, we have a lot of flooding in the middle Tennessee area, including on the roads. Today on the news report on two occasions the newsman made the comment that motorists need to beware of "ponding" on the roads! looks like I am not the only one using the "non" word!

      We are continuing to harvest tropical lily tubers and finally finished with the pots from outside. We began the pots in the greenhouse ponds today, starting with the Aussies. Again we were rewarded with a few blooms on some of the plants that are in the greenhouse. One of the blooms was the Aussie Albert De LaStang. We will start harvesting those tubers in a couple of days, and I may not have the heart to tear it down. The bloom is very small, but it is also a joy to see. Another lily that was blooming today was Sandra Lynn. What a beauty! Maybe it was because it was a rainy, cool overcast day but it sure seemed to glow with a warmth of sunshine!

      It has been decent weather for the past few days and I have been spoiled to not having to build fires in the wood stoves in the greenhouse, nor have I had to run the heaters. That four day run ended about an hour ago when I lit the fire in the wood stove and fueled up the heater and heard it kick on. Two days ago it was 80* and today the high was 55*. I always enjoy those warm spells.

      No matter the weather, isn't it nice to be able to "pond"er?
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      What have you "pond"ered about today? I know that ponds are closed, but we can still think about them. I was looking at my koi, wanting to feed them, but knowing it is best not to, when I started thinking about their names. A friend of mine gave me a 8 1/2 X 11 inch sheet of paper with pics of drawings of koi and the name of the fish pattern. I have looked them over many times but still do not remember what is what. But it is not the Japanese names that I was thinking about. I was considering how many people give their koi, and maybe even their goldfish, a pet name.
      Before my koi died when the pump quit working, my helper named one of the biggest koi "Spot" for obvious reasons. It was black with a large black spot on it's back. We named the only surviving fish from the pump disaster "Trump" because it survived and because it has one orange fin on its side. It is now the largest koi in the pond as all of the new fish are smaller. I have a total of 26 koi in the ponds, but Trump is the only one with a pet name, other than one which is all orange and I call it "Tennessee."
      In the green house I have a 300 gallon pond with 15 goldfish in it. My helper has named one of them Fred. It is also the largest one. She has another one of them named but I do not remember what it is named.
      As I was thinking about the fish with and without names I decided that there are too many koi to give them all names. But I also thought about the fact that it might be because by not naming them I would not be as upset if something happened to them. Three years ago I had a koi jump out of the pond when spawning and I found it dead on the sidewalk. I was not happy about finding one of my nice fish dead, but I wonder if by not having it named, it was not s tragic. Saying one of the koi died seems less tragic than saying "Little Mermaid" died. I wonder how many ponders name their fish? Oh well, as time goes on, I will name some more of them. It is only fair to give them a name. Okay, not all of them!
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      Let the fall begin! What was I thinking? Colder weather is here whether I am ready or not, whether I want it of not! However, the colder weather does have a purpose. I "pond"ered these things and this is my list-

      1) We need a break. Ponding is enjoyable, just like gardening, but it is work. I like a nice lawn, but that entails mowing, feeding, raking, edging, weed eating, etc. Ponding requires viewing, smelling, relaxing, listening, watching, etc.

      2) Cold weather reduces the insect population. Mosquitos, gnats, and numerous other insects have their population diminished by the winter's freeze. Ponding provides mosquito fish, koi, goldfish, frogs, toads, dragonflies, among others, eat insects and help reduce the insect population.

      3) Beautiful scenes of snow covered landscapes and animals playing in the snow can be found and photographed in the winter months. But, pictures of waterfalls with white caps glistening in the sunshine can be found on pond ponds surrounded by blooms of rainbows of color from blooms of the lilies with pads lying on the waters surface.

      4) Koi and the goldfish can hibernate in a sense, and survive the winter. Is that something that they enjoy? Wouldn't they enjoy basking in the sun more and swimming lazily in warm water?

      5) Plants have time to rest, store up energy for the following year's bloom production. Could I just achieve similar results by harvesting them during warm weather and store them in the crawl space under the house until I am ready to plant them again?

      Well, we are blessed with winter and there are advantages to having it. Some people even enjoy it and claim it as their favorite season. Me, I endure it, and hope it is mild, and is short. I like a nice snow that falls at night, is beautiful the next morning, and is gone that night.

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      Last night our two youngest grandsons, ages 5 and 3, spent the night with us. We have a "toy room" that also has a bed in it and normally the boys and I sleep in it, but on this "sleep over' they brought their sleeping bags and were going to sleep on the floor in them. I slept on the bed. They were excited about the sleep over, and after playing a while we put on a movie, they laid down in their sleeping bags and after a long while, they fell asleep. Around 4 am I had one crawl up in bed with me, and he laid on my arm with his head against mine, cradled up against my side and went right back to sleep. As I lay there I could not help but think of what a blessing that was, and within a few minutes, the second one was in bed with us and back to sleep.
      As I pondered how wonderful children are, I thought about our amazing make up. Humans have 46 chromosomes, made up of DNA. DNA is often referred to as the "instruction book of life." It determines everything that makes us who we are. In our language we have 26 letters or characters, and the arrangement of those letters makes up words, and the arrangement of words makes sentences. DNA is similar but it only has 4 characters. Those four characters work somewhat like a computer in determining our make up. All life forms, plants, trees, aquatic, insects, birds, animals, etc., including man, have DNA within their cells and that determines what they are and what they look like, and how various parts of their body work. Bill Gate said DNA is "far, far more complex than any software we have ever developed." And this DNA which is our make up, consists of 3.2 billion parts which combined do not fill the head of straight pin.
      As my babies were sleeping close against me I thought of the miracle of life This DNA gives us our beautiful koi and goldfish, as well as the beautiful plants and blooms that we enjoy in our world around us. It also gives us those loved ones that we hold dear to our hearts. Whether you believe this amazing makeup, which has only become known in the recent half century, was the result of an explosion of nothing, or the result of intelligent creation, or if you believe as I do, that it is the work of God, you must stand in awe. Life itself is a miracle!
      Pondering today all of the beauty we find all around us, and thankful for how it graces our lives and our ponds!
      happy "pond"ering!
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      It is a typical fall/winter day here outside of Nashville. The temps are cool, but thankfully not freezing. it is also raining. Great "pond"ering weather!
      We finished harvesting all of the tropical lily tubers yesterday, and they are now all tucked away for the winter. The lotuses are covered and all of the tropical plants have been brought in. Time to rest, right? Wrong!

      I still need to finish cutting the basjoo bananas down to the ground and mulching them over. They are under tarps now so they should be okay but before really cold weather hits they need to be cut and covered. There are still some places in the greenhouse roof where the plastic has to be repaired, and siding has to have more screws put in to hold it better. There is always more to be done. Summer is gone, but the work continues! Yes, it keeps ponding on my mind!

      Another thing on my mind today is a friend who struggles financially through the winter. He is a farmer and works hard all year, working his own farm as well as working for neighbors as well on their farms, but during the winter I know he has to worry about having enough money to buy groceries or pay his electric bill. I m reminded of how blessed I am, and thankful that I can share with others. I appreciate that KP gives its members the opportunity to help any member at Christmas time who might need help. You can check out the thread in Chit Chat if you can help donate or if you need help. All help is appreciated. The address is-
      http://www.koiphen.com/forums/showth...with-Christmas

      On a different note, I also have been considering the two newly acquired plants I received this summer. I have had them in the past but one never did well for me, and the other I lost mainly because of neglect. The one plant that did not do well for me the first time that I received it was mosaic plant. This is an interesting plant because it has small leaves that are shaped like diamonds that grow in a mosaic type pattern. The "tiles" are about a half inch across, from what I have seen.

      I received my plants late this summer and read up on them, as best I could. I saw that the plants do need to be planted in soil, and they need to be In shallow water, preferably no deeper than 6 inches. I put the new plants in aquariums, which would have them too deep, so I placed the pots on 'blocks" to rise them up.
      Evidently this suited them because the plants seem to be responding well. At first they started turning a little brown around the leave's edges, but they have greened back up, and new pattern groupings have started. I am excited to see this, and look forward to watching them throughout the winter.

      I mention the mosaic plant as a reminder. Sometimes, for whatever reason, we may get a plant that we are not familiar with and it may not survive. Do not let that deter you from trying it again. Sometimes we may get a plant that is just not healthy to begin with, but we may not know it. Maybe something happened to it in it's being harvested and transported or during the transplanting. Maybe it is due to something that we never even thought about. If it is plant that interests you, or just caught your eye, give it second chance. Ask the person or business that you got the plant from how they grew them, and ask for specifics as much as possible. Also, take a few minutes to research the plant if possible. Give yourself a chance to enjoy the plant.

      Now to go out and put my "pond"erings into action.
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      Well, another day closer to spring! I just got back in from putting more firewood in the wood burning stoves for the last time tonight (midnight). I rebuild the fires every 3-4 hours so the last fire will be burnt up around 4 am. The green house will start cooling down as the fire gets lower, so around three am the temps will drop slowly, but it should still be warm enough to keep from getting too cold before the sun comes up and the temps start rising again. Two kerosene heaters (salamander/torpedo style) also are set on timers to come on with an off for an hour and on for an hour schedule, and they do that all night to assist the stoves and keep the greenhouse warm.

      In the greenhouse I also have 9 aquariums and another one in my garage that have tropical fish in them. The fish are put into the ponds during the summer to help control mosquitos. They also have some planted tropical lilies in them. They are in small 22 oz. tumblers so they will not grow as big as they would in larger pots and in the summer. In the aquariums I also will have to take them out when they get too big. The varieties are lilies that I am hoping from which to get additional tubers. I also have several Amazonum lilies and Minuta lilies which are small and grow slowly. These are my "winter ponds" and on a smaller scale with the smaller fish and plants. Although they are still used in the summer as a place to start new plants, they are a means of getting our pond "fix" for throughout the winter. Keeping the greenhouse warm with the stoves and heaters helps keep the aquarium heaters from having to work so hard. having the aquariums heated with heaters also helps put heat into the greenhouse. As long as the electricity doe not go off, all is well. If it goes off, the wood stoves still work, but then I have to get up at 3 a.m. and put wood in the stoves. Or, get out the generator, if it is out for very long. If the temps get really cold outside, as in single digits, I cover the aquariums with towels and "blankets" to help hold the heat in to keep the fish from getting cold. The plants can stand slightly cooler water than the fish can.

      Now, back to "pond"ering!
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      Just saw this- 126 Days till spring! Let the countdown begin! It was 70*f here yesterday, and the low last night was 53*. I think that is the way winter should be! I know, if I want winters like that I should move to south Florida. But it is nice to ponder such thoughts. A week or two would not be bad.
      I am enjoying the time off from some of the work of ponding, but also missing the blooms.
      Last night I sat for few minutes watching the fish in the aquariums, and was also looking at the minuta seedlings. The leaves are a bright green, and look a lot like leaf lettuce. I guess it is not warm enough for them to make floating pads, but the plants are sure looking healthy. Again, anxiously awaiting spring!
      But, I need to mention less I be charged with being remiss, that as next week is Thanksgiving, I am truly blessed. I know there are those on social media that are listing something everyday that they are thankful for. There are not enough days in the month for me to list things I am thankful for. I am thankful every day for life's blessings and appreciate all of the friends that are in it. The greatest blessings are often the ones we take for granted the most, and often fail to even recognize. Think about the miracle of growth itself, and all of the joy it brings. Think of how seed germinates and sprouts to produce leaves, and then the even greater blessing of blooms, and more seeds to continue the chain! We have blessings everywhere we look. It makes my heart leap with joy to consider these blessings.
      May your life be filled with blessings that bring joy to your heart and a smile to your face! Happy "pond"ering!
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      It is already the week of Thanksgiving. It sure is getting here in a hurry. Christmas is just around the corner, so spring can't be that much longer. I know it is not in February, but I think of it that way, because in March I generally start dividing lotuses. The exuberance of seeing the tubers discovered beneath the soil is a special excitement, because it reminds me that winter is soon to be over.
      Pondering these thoughts I am also thinking about things to do differently. This spring I replanted almost 3/4 of my lotuses, so there will not be as many to divide next spring. The dividing and replanting of so many of the lotuses meant they had fresh soil, providing more natural nutrients but next year I plan on fertilizing more often. There were more blooms this year than last, but unfortunately there were not many fat fertile seeds. This may have been because there weren't many bees. The seeds are fun to sprout, and an adventure to see what the new plant's blooms will look like. Remember to get a plant that is a named plant, you cannot use a seed but have to have a tuber from the named plant, unless it is a species plant crossed with the same species. I am hoping there will be lots of tubers to uncover. I can find some solace in that though the seeds are few for new varieties, the existing varieties that I already have should go on.
      Now, I am thinking of where I can find some more of those wonderful tubs I use for my lotuses. I only have few months to locate some...
      Still "pond"ering!
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