The last ponds Mr. Fix-it, Naomi, and I toured were the ponds of Pam. I am not sure if Pam is the President of the Montgomery County Water Garden Society or not, but I must say she is most passionate about ponds.
There is a beautiful gazebo near the two ponds Pam maintains. The gazebo set the tone for the whole garden; which is elegant and varied.
This tree had some earrings! Earrings on trees is not so much an elegant thing but ever so fun!
Pam said she is not a gardener perse, just a pond person. Well, she had a very nice garden in my opinion and I enjoyed taking photos of it.
This leaf casting was beautifully finished.
Cockscomb has done really well for most gardeners this year. I even have it growing in my garden-for the first time ever.
Pam maintains two ponds; one for the boy fish, and one for the girl fish. One of the ponds has a long waterfall and stream leading down to the pond. As we walked up a shy frog took off from our view.
This area is the bog area Pam maintains. Some plants need certain conditions in which to grow well. If you have a deep koi pond with lots of koi the plants might get eaten and not do well. Therefore you might consider building a bog area like this one for specialized plants.
More of the stream flowing down the natural slope.
Part of the garden around one of the ponds.
Pam's son-in-law was hand feeding the koi. I thought this was cool!! Pam's koi must be about three feet long as well so to be able to handfeed these behemoths was pretty neat. Can you imagine the time it took to train them to eat out of a hand? I'd love to do this with my koi but don't see it happening any time soon. My koi are such drama queens that even when they are fed they swoosh around like the hounds of hell are after them. It's kind of strange they don't calm down for me even though they are quite friendly prior to me tossing in their food.
One last look at one of the ponds. The two ponds were quite large and deep. Pam had bubblers going in both of the ponds. I believe she said bubblers help to aerate the water and to cool it down. In the summer ponds can get quite hot; which reduces the oxygen level; which then stresses the fish. Aerators help with that.
This concludes my pond tour series. It was a lot of work and I'm not sure I'll do it again but it was fun for me to remember the ponds too since I always try to make the annual pond tours. I am thinking about joining the society too. If you have a pond or are thinking of making a pond I highly recommend you join a local pond society as they are a wealth of information and resources the ordinary person cannot get on their own.
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