Winter has arrived☹️

This past weekend the pond builder and I started putting everything away for the winter. Saturday morning’s weather forecast encouraged us to pull the pumps, drain some lines and cover our garden plants. I’m getting better at covering the plants each year. I end up wrapping some perennials because the rabbits and deer will nibble…

Japanese Koi and Gardens

It’s hard to believe that two weeks ago, the pond builder and I were just starting our trip in JAPAN! We had a wonderful vacation visiting extended family in Hiroshima, seeing some iconic sites and a little bit of koi as well. This is the time of the year that everyone starts trekking to Japan…

Indoors is better

It’s not really that cold in Minnesota yet but the outdoor pond water temperature is around 52 or 53 degrees. The koi in the lower pond looked cold to me. They would swim around half heartedly and barely nibble at any food thrown to them. Quite sad. Meanwhile, the koi from the upper pond came…

and just like that, summer is gone

Once again too busy to properly blog. You’ll just have to read photo captions. Two weekends ago, we donated koi to a local community college with a japanese garden. The garden is very nice and the pond is about nine feet deep. I worry a little bit if our koi will survive since they are…

Weekend in St. Louis – NMZNA Koi Show

Another posting with mostly photos. I have tried to fill in a little in the captions. So another weekend has flown by. Summer is pretty much over with daily highs in the mid 60s. It won’t be long until everyone is back in the garage!

Late Summer around the koi ponds

I’m playing catch up with the blog as usual. Much easier to just post some photos with captions. We were headed up to Michigan for wedding two weekends ago and it just happened to fall on the same weekend as the Michigan koi show. It was a lot of fun to see some of the…

Keeping Koi is busy work

Lots to catch up on – the koi show, landscaping around the pond and the dahlia garden. This past weekend we had the Upper Midwest Koi Club annual show in Minneapolis. I co-chaired the show with another club member, Ben Brown. I couldn’t have asked for a better person to work on the koi show….

Rotary Drum Filter blues

The pond builder was finally seeing the home stretch of this summer’s project. The pond had been filled with water and it was time to get all the equipment up and running. Unfortunately he saw that the RDF was leaking somewhere. He called Mike Swanson of Koi Acres to talk about options. Having Taylor weld…

Another Cute Budo Goromo

If you like your wine big, bold and red, chances are you want something made from the Nebbiolo grape. Earlier this week my newest koi, a budo goromo named Nebbiolo flew in from San Jose. Budo translates into grape. I’m hoping Nebbiolo will grow to be big and bold in the pond. This budo goromo…

Koi Pond Building is on a weather delay :-(

Weather in Minnesota this summer has been very unpredictable. Between the very loooong winter and ill-timed rain showers, we’ve lost a number of weekend days to work on the pond. I’m very hopeful though that the upper pond is on the home stretch. We have a few tasks left before the large koi can return:…

Budo Goromo #1 is here

A little over a month ago I was noticing the advertisements for Koi Fest 2018 at Mystic Koi, Upland, California. It always looks like a lot of fun with free lunch, music, koi breeders from Japan and of course lots of great koi to buy. (Even better is that there are deals to be had!!!)…