Seasonal changes around the koi pond

The beautiful Minnesota summer is winding down. Some of the plants are sporting more colorful orange and red leaves, the squirrels are in overdrive burying acorns and the temperatures have been decidedly cooler. The pond builder and I have been busy ordering stuff for our winter pool and garden. (The Amazon guy must love us…)…

Still summer…

Summer in Little Siberia has been very uneventful, particularly the koi. This is a good thing. We stopped the Sumiko experiment. Sumiko is a shiro utsuri who looks egg bound. We placed her with three males in the lower pond, did a few large water changes, added spawning ropes into the pond and even tried…

Catching up on Gardening

The koi have been pretty boring – they all look pretty and eat a lot. Feeding time is always a race and a lot of jostling. Summer goes by fast with all of our projects. We have had some new windows and a new front door installed, the painter has a few more days to…

the koi pond needs some Barry White

a very short post…. Summertime is here in Minnesota and we really have very little to do around the pond. Some of our female koi look a little egg bound so I thought I would move Billy the Kid to the upper pond to get a little spawning going. While we’re pretty sure Billy is…

Almost Summer in Little Siberia

We have been enjoying some warmer temperatures and the garden has delighted us with new flowers blooming weekly. The bleeding hearts and azaleas were followed by Columbine and Siberian Iris… and last week the peonies and morning glory have started their two to three weeks of showy beauty. The garden is filled with the scent…

Time to say goodbye to Biggie

We’re working hard to keep the koi numbers down in Little Siberia. This year I selected five koi to sell/rehome. A young lady bought one of the smaller koi and she was so nice, we also gave her the kohaku listed.  We were going to sell Lily, a very large shiro utsuri but decided to…

2019 Greater Louisville Koi and Goldfish Society Show

The Greater Louisville Koi and Goldfish Society hosts their annual show every Memorial Day weekend. It’s always a well attended show with a lot of social media buzz. This year I was invited to be part of the all-women judging team. Our judging team included head judge Pam Spindola from Southern California, Luanne Porter from…

Better than the Kentucky Derby

It’s Memorial Day Weekend and once again the Greater Louisville Koi and Goldfish Society is hosting their annual show  – 3821 Hunsinger Lane, Louisville, KY. It’s always a fun show and I feel a lot of people turn out for it. There’s always a lot of enthusiasm for this event. This year I’m attending as…

Weekend Distractions

It’s a pretty cold day outside – maybe in the low 50s. Little Siberian weather is challenging. The pond builder always needs a project so today he decided to reroute the auto fill line to the lower pond, fiddling with something electrical to the pond, burying some drain lines, leveling more ground and planting seeds,…

Back Outside :-)

The pond builder often comments that we have indoor koi. During a ‘normal’ year, our koi go outside the first weekend of May and come back in the first weekend of November. This year winter has hung around longer than usual but this week we finally had a day of 80 degree weather. The outdoor…

Spring garden and yard tasks

When Spring returns to Minnesota, the pond builder and I often over-do. We have ambitious weekend plans and the time flies by. When you feel like you have run out of gas, you realize you have been working outside for eight hours. (Or if you are the pond builder, it’s more like 11 hours.) The…

Ponds are running in Little Siberia

A few days of weather in the low 70s and we can get a lot done.  The pond builder installed the FlowFriend pump that we purchased last year from Koi Acres. It’s made in Germany, runs quietly and supposed to be energy efficient – not sure if it’s going to make a dent in the…