66 thoughts on “The changing of the seasons

  1. OK you’re hired to fix me a pond next spring. Your place always looks like a real vacation retreat. Even now, there’s the waterfall. Sigh. (Besides Molly Malamute could use a spot to cool off in the summer…Nooooo. Still may try anyway) Looks like you’re ready to take on the next few months.

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    • Our next door neighbor had a pond and a dog. It was a Portuguese water dog and she loved to go in. Their pond was bigger than mine. Sadly both dog and pond are gone. You would need a big batch of Turkish towels to dry Molly off but it would be worth it!

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  2. I’m glad you got the job done! It isn’t lush like spring and summer, but it still looks very nice! I don’t need to winterize, but the lilies are definitely dying back. And last night a raccoon thrashed the pond, eating a few fish and it just looks awful! Every fall! I guess that’s my version of winterizing?

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    • We have 4 birdfeeders around the pond. The raccoons come and dine on the sunflower seeds but have never done any damage to the pond. Occasionally a pot near the edge is turned over but I always assume some critter was getting a drink and got sloppy. Technically I have too many fish so I could spare a few. The problem is that they always take the prettiest or biggest. For a while I had a groundhog who ate the lily pads that were near the edge. A deer did the most damage a few years back and caused us to fence the yard.


  3. Of course, the summer photo is quite lush — absolutely gorgeous. I like the bare pond too, especially since the brilliant fish stand out. Perhaps they don’t STAND out, but they are very visible now. I’d love to watch them swim about.

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    • The pond has been a learning experience. Not everything I have planted around it did well. Some things overachieved and had to be removed. It’s a humid environment so finding the right stuff has taken a lot of time. I often wonder if it will ever be “done.”


  4. Your August pond is gorgeous, Kate! I can see why it’s worth the effort of opening it in the Spring and closing it in the Fall.

    It looks a bit “barren” in the 2nd shot . . . but still pleasant enough. And it’s nice to see the fish flitting about.

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    • It is pleasant enough and we are not outside much during the winter. When there is a partial freeze and snow covers most of it (I keep an area open for gases to exchange for the fish), it has a wintery beauty. Still like it best in the summer when flowers are blooming and frogs are croaking and fish are doing whatever they do.


  5. Hey Kate – Smarten up! Your pond is only sad because you remember how it was in August. It still looks lovely, and I bet there are many people in your area who would love to have your pond (in its current state) in their back garden! Be thankful! Here endeth the first lesson! 🙂

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    • It’s 5′ x 11′ which isn’t big. During the season it’s not much work at all. The filter unit gets backwashed once a week. It’s very easy and takes less than 5 minutes. I do a complete water change in the spring because I have too many fish there is a lot of poop over the winter. That is work but it takes about 3 hours plus time to refill. The fall cleanup is less work except I have to dismantle and clean the filter. I would do it again but perhaps a little smaller although maybe not! 🙂

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  6. You have a beautiful pond – much bigger than I imagined.
    It’s always so sad to pull out the reminders of summer. I’m so far behind in my seasonal to-do list. Maybe I can draw inspiration from you and get my behind in gear. This morning we had frost … it’s time.

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    • It’s really not big. It’s 5′ x 11′. We haven’t had a frost yet and the temps the rest of the week look warmer than usual. We will get on soon though. I hate doing the clean up when it’s really cold. We still have the screened porch cushions to bring in and furniture to cover so the work isn’t completely done.

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    • It was emotional work! The fish survive the winter. There is a bubbler in there to keep a section of the water open. The water lilies will start to push up pads around the end of March or when the water warms up a little from the winter.


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