Spring 2018 has finally arrived

Twenty days ago we had a lot of snow on the ground and the pond builder was lamenting the thick layer of ice on the upper pond. Since then, the temperatures have gone up and spring has arrived in Minnesota. Along with the warmer temperatures, my pair of showas came in from GenkiKoi this week….

Koi keeping and gardening is still on hold (sad face)

While much of the world is enjoying the start of spring, we are still indoors this weekend. A little snow fell last night and temperatures are only in the 30s. My cousin sent me a photo yesterday taken in the Mihara area of Japan (east side of Hiroshima). The cherry blossoms have started blooming a…

Spring morning in Minnesota

Winter seems really long in Minnesota. Spring seems to turn everything green overnight and the plants come back to life pretty quickly. We’re still in the middle of opening up our ponds. The upper pond filtration equipment is being redone and the koi might come out of the garage this week. The lower pond re-do…

Sunshine or Rain – we got a lot of work done

A ton of work was completed this weekend: The lower pond was started up with almost all of the equipment hooked up!  The pond digger finished up the work in between raindrops today.  See this PAGE for photos. The upper pond waterfall was cleared and is ready for changes. Near the upper pond waterfall, the little…

It always looks worse before getting better…

In Minnesota, the little saying must be “April snow showers bring May flowers.” We had a little snow event before the weekend and I’m hoping the chillier temperatures are really on their way out since Spring arrived almost a month ago. We have had a few 50-60 degree teaser days but for the most part…