I had absolutely no idea, whatsoever, that one variety of plant that I have been growing in my pond is a water Iris. That's because there haven't BEEN any flowers coming out of any of them up until 24 hours ago.
I knew something was up several days ago when I saw these round shoots that seemingly appeared out of nowhere. The plant itself is nothing but these tall, thin and semi-wide leaf-like things. I thought they looked good enough in themselves. I have 3 of these things growing in 2 ponds. When I saw the tubular shoots coming up, my first thought was: does this thing also bloom? That is because I have a couple of other types of plants that do the same thing - leaves are thin, stalk type affairs, flowers come up in separate, tubular shoots.
Umm, 2 nights ago nothing, the next day 2 flowers in full bloom. Absolutely beautiful.
So, someone is standing at that side door, looking at the flowers and telling me they were Irises. I could not for the life of me remember the name of that particular flower until she said something. That was Lynnette, who also said at least 3 times that "they are very hard to grow".
I had to laugh. Perhaps dry ground based versions of this plant are hard to grow, there isn't anything that I have planted in the water that wasn't QUITE easy to grow. More like weeds, do nothing and they will still grow like crazy.
I spent half this morning on the phone with Direct TV, I spent several hours working on the new pond including transferring some plants from the large pond to the new one and also -- well -- catching fish in that larger pond isn't that easy with a small net. I caught 3 goldfish and called it quits, the water was cloudly and all kinds of junk flowing around in it. I also took back one very large goldfish that I first caught, put in the small pond and realized she wasn't like it at all. She is HUGE with eggs. I actually thought the smaller pond would be a better environment for her, but, I changed my mind and put her back in with the old population.
I then started pruning trees. Just the Sissoo's. There are obvious points on branches where life meets death. Yes, I cut back quite a bit of several trees back, lots more to go. In fact, this process of dealing with this winter's unusually and extremely cold nights with it's ensuing destruction of plant and tree life is going to take some time. Much more than I expected. I am glad this is a thing to do now at the end of winter and not at the beginning of hell summer.
The pond out front? Several more wheelbarrows of dirt left to haul out there and some decorative arranging of rocks and such and it is at least good to go for now.
The treatment of people. Interesting topic. How do I treat people, how am I treated.
I must needs get ready for the work week.
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