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It’s been a funny old year, as usual though, the weather has given us some highlights and the usual late summer storms have given us classic ‘Orfe on the lawn’ weather. It’s time to contemplate what’s going on in our water gardens and what motivates orfe to go wandering.
The past few months have really shown us the healing power of nature and just how readily our wild neighbours can enrich our lives by sharing our outdoor space. Indeed, choosing to add a water feature to your garden will open your eyes to another world. With limitations on travel and the world currently upside down, there’s never been a better time to bring the world to you instead…
Outdoor and underwater lighting can impart a magical ambience to your pond once the sun has set. Through the use of different types of illumination, both above and below the water, the pond can take on a whole new aspect at night, with the water reflecting the lights and the pond plants casting unusual shadows. Here's everything you need to know about lighting your pond.
This year we heard that there might be a shortage of small koi available, so we made the decision to go out to Japan in February instead of April. Check out the highlights of our Maidenhead Aquatics team trip to Japan this year.
Episode 7 of the latest “Love Your Garden” series aired on the 22nd October 2019 on ITV1 and this week Alan and his team of horticultural helpers went to South Wales to tackle the most difficult plot the team has ever faced
Each year a group of our partners travel to Japan to visit the koi breeders and to select the best koi to stock our shops and fulfill our customer orders. Take a look at our photo diary and find out what we got up to on this year's trip.
Pond fish are poikilothermic (cold-blooded) creatures. This means that their body temperature is controlled by their immediate surroundings, and their behaviour corresponds directly to how warm or cold they are. Find out more about how best to feed them as the ambient temperatures start to drop.
I don’t have a very big pond, or that many fish, but every year I struggle to keep it clear. I’ve used a lot of pond clear products, but it always goes back to being murky, green and sometimes milky. What can I do?
When it comes to adding plants to the pond, this can be done at any time of year, although most people prefer to do so during spring and summer when outdoor conditions are more agreeable. If plants are added during the winter months, many species will be undergoing dormancy at this time but will start growing on once the weather warms up and encourages them.
The type of fish that you choose chiefly depends on how large your pond is, not only in terms of length and width, but also in depth. The volume of the pond, along with other factors including filtration, aeration, plant life etc, play an important part in biologically balancing the pond.
With temperatures rising and the Summer Solstice passed, you may be spending more time enjoying your outside space. And if you have a pond, you’ll know that some maintenance tasks are vital to ensure your pond is looking it’s best in the sun!
As the busiest time of the year for all water gardeners, it is integral to the development of your pond and it's inhabitants to follow the necessary maintenance steps in Spring, to ensure your pond thrives.