Pond Plants

Our garden, fish pond has turned green with algae. We have a solar-powered, fake lily pad that takes in water and  expels it like a small fountain (ordered from Amazon). It has been working very well, but it does nothing to clean the water. Our pond is too far from the house to install something electrical to clean the water.

On several occasions I have vacuumed out about one-half of the water, and added fresh, but the algae comes right back. The fish are growing at a very rapid rate, and seem to be thriving, but the pond just doesn’t look very good.

This week I ordered pond plants. There are some that you can plant in dirt at the bottom of the pool, but I chose the floating kind, whose roots dangle in the water, absorbing the algae, and giving the fish a place to hide.

I ordered one water hyacinth and two water poppies from Ponds Plants Direct. The poppies look kind of leggy right now (I’m hoping that changes soon), but the water hyacinth has an interesting look to it, almost like a floating venus fly trap look.

Water hyancith.

Water hyacinth.

Disclaimer: The pink flower is a fake, attached to a lily pad plant that has never developed any growth.

The poppy plants are the long stringy looking ones.

The poppy plants are the long stringy looking ones.

I can’t wait to see if having these plants actually works. It will be much more interesting to be able to see the fish in the pond. As of now, we can only see them when they come to the surface for food.

Well, it is the end of the week….Yay! What are your hopes and dreams for the weekend?

Have a great weekend!

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear;” 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)

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