I've now gone through a complete cycle of seasons with my first pond. I used a heater over the winter, and the water lilies have survived and are leafing out. I didn't take the goldfish in, and it appears that at least one of them survived. The frogs are back in serious numbers, filling the night with their courting songs. I know some people would consider it a nuisance, but I love it! The pond is right elow my bedroom window, so I hear it all night long. It's wonderful, after the silence of the long, cold winter!
Now, I have to get the pump back in, and get to cleaning out the gunk. I do not plan to take everything out and scour it (I have a friend who does that) but want it to stay more natural looking.
Anyone have any pond-cleaning tips for me?
And time remembered is grief forgotten,
And frosts are slain and flowers begotten.....
Algernon Charles Swinburne
Latitude: 41° 51' 12.1572"
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