I came home for lunch today and my water lily is in bloom, the only time that it’d bloom for me is during the noontime, if I wait until evening, it’d have been closed. I got lucky today and couldn’t resist showing it off.
I’m happy as to how the pond looks now, but it has not been this way in the past, more like pea soup color, I was a bit depressed at first. At one point, I drained out half of the water and refilled it with new water, and dropped all kinds of chemical in there to make it clearer, but nothing seemed to work. Then I visited my second sister, she told me that it was supposed to be like that for the first couple of weeks until the ecosystem of the pond balance itself, at this point I feel a bit stupid, but at the same time relief that there’s hope for my pond.
The water lily plant seems to help make the pond water clearer; I read that when you introduce desirable aquatic plants into your water garden, they compete with pond algae for the available nutrition, and if there are enough plants, they’ll naturally minimize the available nutrition and in the process, they’ll control pond algae for you naturally. I think my Koi fish also eat the algae. Below are photos taken today
This photo below is taken this morning, Saturday July 21, 2007