When you first walk into the store there is a large indoor koi pond. The people that work there always bring the kids food so they can feed the fish. Both of my girls have gotten very brave and will hand feed them. The fish practically jump out of the water trying to get to the food.
Right now they have a HUGE koi being housed there for someone. If I remember correctly "Grace" is about 7 years old and was living in a greenhouse pond where her water temperature was kept in the 70's. She is about 40 pounds! Someone there told me if she was for sale (which she is not) she would be worth... $55,000!
She is in a very large tank with two other big koi. She absolutely dwarfs the other koi, and they are very large koi themselves.
When you exit the store you enter into the display pond area. They are all beautiful! One day I would love to have a pond installed by them. I asked about the plantings and was shown how they plant everything. They used the black plastic mesh plant pots so that the roots can filter the water. They used regular pea gravel to plant in, nothing fancy at all. They also combine several plants into one planter and then put them in the pond. I had never thought about trying that before.
There were koi of all different sizes in all of the ponds. Many people were buying koi the day we visited.
One of the new plants I bought was called Indian rhubarb (Darmera peltata), it's the plant on the left. It gets sprays of pink flowers in early spring. I don't have room for something as large as Gunnera and this to me is a nice substitution.
Clematises were growing all over the fence behind this pond.
I love this little stream.
I noticed that I have a couple of waterlily buds in my pond, and if it ever warms up again they might bloom. It was so nice having those few days of sun last weekend, but it's back to the upper 50's and drizzly rain again. I'm hoping the sun will return so I can put some of the ideas I got from the pond displays into my own pond.
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