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Japanese Koi

Gosanke

The three oldest and still most popular types of koi in Japan are Kohaku, Sanke, and Showa.

Excellent Resource: http://www.koi-fish.com/koi-classification.html

kohaku http://www.blueridgekoi.com/why-us/selection/

kohaku http://www.blueridgekoi.com/why-us/selection/

sanke

sanke http://www.blueridgekoi.com/why-us/selection/

showa

showa http://www.blueridgekoi.com/why-us/selection/

 

Ponds and Ecosystems

The still places where land meets water are incredibly vibrant and amazing ecosystems that we owe so much to our existence.

Photo Credits: DANIEL CASSON
Photographer
Sheffield, UK
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Grapes in the Garden

This year, we began taking care of a garden with grape vines. Late last winter, we pruned the vines hard and trained them along layered horizontal wires and fertilized with organic Espoma products, Plant Tone and Green Sand. It has been a magnificent year for grapes!grapes IMG_4281 IMG_4282 IMG_4283

Pondless Waterfalls Attract Birds of all Colors

Beautiful photo of an Indigo Bunting in Clarksville enjoying a pondless waterfall. Indigo Buntings love puddles! And more photos of Cardinals enjoying the same pondless waterfall.
Photos by Kimi Dove

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Leaf-Chronicle Article: Water Garden Finally Fulfills Yard’s Potential

July 15, 2009

By STACY LEISER
The Leaf-Chronicle

Eric Berg fell in love with his home at first glance — of the back yard. He hadn’t even set foot inside
when he realized “This is the house.”

The backyard that won him over has, at long last, become a restful oasis for him and his wife, Elaine
Berg, with the addition of two ponds connected by waterfalls. Read all about them and see
photographs of the ponds, which will be featured on the Montgomery County Water Garden Society’s
Water Garden Tour in August, in Thursday’s edition of The Leaf-Chronicle.

http://www.theleafchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090715/NEWS01/9071502… 7/20/2009

Pleasures of Patios

A patio is wonderful place to spend quality time at home with your family and friends. A covered porch offers that same quality of life experience and creates a nice outdoor environment even when its raining. It’s a great place to relax and take in the sights and sounds of your outdoors.
The other day it was raining really hard. I stepped outside to clear my head and rediscovered the sanctuary that is my front covered porch. The area was well protected from the rain and I made myself comfortable and took note of the front landscape and garden soaking up the precious water.
Fortunately for me, I interrupted a gathering of mocking birds, and once my quiet presence established itself, they continued on their happy chirpy ways. The mocking birds were feasting on the berries in my front garden. Even though it was raining, the birds knew the berries were too precious to waste. Holly, Mahonia, and Juniper were ripe and ready and the evergreen leaves would keep the water from their feathers.
It was breathtaking. There must have been five of them–I figure four young birds and a mother.They were almost all the same size, but most were still covered with downy feathers.
I felt so close to home, I could have been anywhere and everywhere, in the middle of the woods or in the middle of the city. A patio or covered porch can provide so many things a family needs; enjoying the fresh air, collecting your thoughts, bird watching, or whatever. It’s the space needed to allow a family to grow confident, comfortable, and environmentally aware.