She’s taken to her bed and is reading and sleeping and having food and reading and sleeping. Overdue, I think. She’s been so tired.
I’m trying to work, but it’s a sleepy sort of day. The light-alarm system is working well: both of us are waking up to it and not being jarred out of [...]
Breakfast on the patio was nippy this morning. The pond is frothing up islands of white foam—lest you think picaresque, it’s dead bacteria, dying off from the chill, as the summer bacteria give up. The koi were all resting deep this morning, not interested in food. I didn’t test the temperature: I doubt it’s 60, [...]
Live and learn! We now have very little green algae: we have a barley-based clarifier and a type of bacteria-based cleanup stuff normally sold for small lakes: I use it by the half-ounce weekly, and another dose of a different bacterial cocktail once monthly, and it’s doing wonders. Finally! When in doubt, ask a pond [...]
It takes me a while to recover my stride after a diversion. Thank goodness for outlines. We were, for one thing, diverted by a spate of really cool weather, making it foolish to wait to do certain outdoor jobs which would have to be done in potential 100 degree weather, when we had a run [...]
I hope this is the solution to the pond problems. It’s a killer unit. Literally. It’s sposed to kill algae, by exploding their cells. It’ll do in some of our beneficial bacteria, but we can add more. I want to see the fish.
I got the unit, saw the 1 and 1/4 inch outlet on [...]
We had told ourselves that we were going to get two of the ‘higher-bred’ fishes from our new pond supply place—we’d gotten our first koi, expecting that we’d lose some to infant mortality, by buying a random batch from a feed store—and only lost one; the others are quite a mixed bag of really nice [...]
according to the weather bureau. It’s raining again, and looks to rain all week.
I just cleaned the pond filter yet again—the hyacinth isn’t growing, because we’re in perpetual overcast (with small intermissions)…so I built a pot filter. Pot filters are the really inexpensive way to set up a pond: we have a skimmer filter [...]
Of the many pleasures of our garden, the gentle NW spring days are one of the greatest. It rains…but this morning we threw towels onto the fabric seats of our patio set and had breakfast (softboiled egg in spaceman-with-helmet egg cup) on our flower plates with our little fat-kitteh salt shaker and beverage of our [...]
It’s going to freeze tonight. Those of you who know what we’ve been doing, planting flowers and shrubs and the like, we are just floored. We got a huge tub and put the water hyacinth in it. We hauled in all the plants that aren’t in the ground. Another major weather wave with high wind [...]
She buys 3 more azaleas, with two not yet planted. And it’s known what I plant dies, so she wants to do it. We’re idiots. But she wants rhodies and azaleas so badly, and we now know what’s happened with the defunct ones. Turns out our water is alkaline.
Tomorrow, if I can get the [...]