May 31
2012

My nephew sent me this picture. I have a funny feeling that he knows what this is, but just in case. It is a snapping turtle. Be careful handling these guys. Even the young ones are grouchy. If you handle one of these without a net take a hold of the end of the tail
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May 30
2012

Water Iris have several attributes. They are hardy! Picture this… two things left on earth, one of them is a water iris. Rapid growth habit, and slightly drought tolerant. They will grow well in full sun to shade. That is versatility. A great plant for the beginner water gardener. We sell them as “tough as nails”, and “easy
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May 30
2012

Almost black water iris typically bloom later in June for us. But appearantly no one told this bunch of louisana iris flowering at the end of May! Lousina iris bloom later in the season than our hardy blue water iris, and later than the hardy yellow iris. I like the green strap like leaves throughout
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May 25
2012

Mosquito larvae are tiny little wrigglers that spend their time hanging upside down at the waters surface. They eat bacteria that are in the water while they make diabolical plans to eat us when they grow up. The larvae stage is easy to control. Using products like mosquito dunks or bits works really well. This
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May 25
2012

While attending a gathering filled with happy hearted roust abouts I was introduced to a gentleman. The ussual conversation took place. Where are you from? Married? Kids? Where do you work? What do you do for a living? After hearing the reply from the gentleman about his occupation he asked about mine. I told him that I lived
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May 25
2012

These butterfly koi are hungry for more! Even with the best food (like ours) do not overfeed. But how can you resist when your buddies are begging for more? You can feed once or twice a day as much as they will eat in 5 minutes. They are not starving, they are actually training us
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May 25
2012

Found this little gem(s) on the 23rd of May. Green frog eggs look like tapioca.  This frog spawn or cluster of eggs is easy to tell apart from the eggs laid by toads. Toads lay their eggs in strings, frogs in clusters. Bullfrogs lay their eggs in larger masses. I will post more pics as
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May 23
2012

I should have had a camera today. We cleaned a pond in Detroit and saw a beautiful Asagi. Nicely reticulated scales. Great shape, and well marked. I let the owner know what a beautiful fish it was. I also told her how much the 12-14 inch beauty was worth. I hope to get back there and
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