Ponds and Water Gardening forum: All things Winter (Ponds)

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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
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Oberon46
Nov 15, 2011 4:05 PM CST
Well, I can't bear to disturb the lovely scenes of summer tranquility in the other thread so I figured I would start one for the benefit of those who don't water garden in colder states.

Here is the trek out to my pond in the back yard.
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Long shot from skimmer
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From a distance ---
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"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)
Name: Carolyn Madden
Pennsylvania
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Carolyn22
Nov 15, 2011 5:09 PM CST
Mary

I wondered what you guys looked like in AK. I know you mentioned you had 2 feet of snow......It is beautiful, however...... Sticking tongue out
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
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Oberon46
Nov 15, 2011 5:22 PM CST
It really is. Soft and quiet, assuming you get up at 5am before traffic starts up on the other side of my fence. But it gets pretty old by the end of March.
"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)
Name: Carolyn Madden
Pennsylvania
Charter ATP Member The WITWIT Badge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Daylilies
Bulbs Purslane Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Hummingbirder Clematis Cat Lover
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Carolyn22
Nov 16, 2011 7:24 PM CST
I can imagine - especially if it starts in October!

I know by early March, I should be listening for the robins...
Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
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extranjera
Nov 17, 2011 5:56 PM CST
Wow! I've never lived where it snowed, that's incredible. I guess you have to memorize where everything is so you don't step in the wrong place? It's amazing to me that anything lives under that.
A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.
Name: Carolyn Madden
Pennsylvania
Charter ATP Member The WITWIT Badge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Daylilies
Bulbs Purslane Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Hummingbirder Clematis Cat Lover
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Carolyn22
Nov 19, 2011 10:15 AM CST
Jonna

I would like zone 11 myself. I like the heat and I am one of the rare ones that likes humidity. I believe your heat is a dry heat though, is it not? When I was in Mexico, the heat seemed dryer to me.

I do have to mark certain things, so I don't pull them up the following spring when getting my gardens ready. I can recognize a number of the newer leaves that come up, but definitely not all of them.

I know that Mary is under 2 feet of snow - we have not shut down our pond yet - typically that is between Thanksgiving and the first week of December. I do think it will be later this year. I did start journalling all of this back in 2006, however we have been ponding since 2001.

Carolyn
Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Mexico I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Ponds Tropicals
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Plumerias Plays in the sandbox Dog Lover Cat Lover
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extranjera
Nov 19, 2011 11:07 AM CST
I love heat too, and even humidity. I'm originally from Calif which is dry but moved here 5 years ago and it is very humid here. Mexico is a huge country and many parts of it are dry but mostly the coastal areas are humid (outside of the Bajas and northwestern desert coastline). There are many people, including Mexicans, that will tell you that Merida is unbearably hot and humid but I've found it to be less humid, and often less hot, than Houston or New Orleans. We are about 20 miles inland from the Gulf and get afternoon breezes without the steady driving winds. I adjusted pretty easily, don't even use AC, but keep the fans running in the summer. It helps that I live in a very old house with really high stone walls and ceilings. It stays cool inside even when it is a scorcher outside. My pond temps get up into the 90's in the summer and rarely drop below 80ºf anytime. I mostly have Mollies and Guppies in the ponds and the heat doesn't seem to bother them. I also have some Angel fish to keep the population of smaller fish under control, they too have adjusted to the high water temps and the high PH. I'd love to have some Discus in the ponds but they are said not to tolerate high PH very well so I've resisted.
A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.
Name: Carolyn Madden
Pennsylvania
Charter ATP Member The WITWIT Badge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Daylilies
Bulbs Purslane Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Hummingbirder Clematis Cat Lover
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Carolyn22
Nov 19, 2011 11:46 AM CST
Jonna

I am not a fan of a/c myself. I prefer to have a fan just to move the air as well. Usually with A/C I end up freezing.

I had thought that in my greenhouse, I would put a smallish pond into the greenhouse and I would like to keep tropical fish in there as well. I have always loved Angel fish. Do you have any pictures?
Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Mexico I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Ponds Tropicals
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Plumerias Plays in the sandbox Dog Lover Cat Lover
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extranjera
Nov 19, 2011 1:59 PM CST
Yes, I'll start a new thread so it doesn't hijack this one.
A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.

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