Another hobby I've had for 16 years....

greerhw

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I keep show koi in my backyard pond. It's 5000 gals. with 12 VERY large Japanese koi. If you think bonsai are trying sometimes, keep koi. My koi are all females, just like in the real world, they are more desirable than males because they have prettier shaped bodies (TRUE). The Japanese looking house used to be my shade house, but now my wife took it over for her potting house.

Harry
 

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I love your backyard. Can you show some pics of how you have your bonsai displayed?
 

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Harry, that is one beautiful pond and well cared for back yard you have there. I know next to nothing about koi. I know they can cost many thousands of dollars though. My next door neighbor has a very small pond with a few koi. Imagine her horror when she looked out her kitchen window and sees A blue heron fly away with her most expensive koi! Ouch! :(
 

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I love your backyard. Can you show some pics of how you have your bonsai displayed?

I built monkey poles around my shade house. During the heat of the summer they were in the shade house. If I wanted to enjoy one or two of my trees in the evening, I would bring them up to the patio and set them on a brick ledge that encloses my patio. I believe it shows in one of the pictures.

Harry
 

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Harry,

That is spectacular. You have done some terrific work. I wish I had enough room for a koi pond in my backyard. I've always wanted one.
 

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Harry,
Thanks for the tour in your garden. Love the koi pond also. How about some pictures of you trees?
 

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Harry,
Thanks for the tour in your garden. Love the koi pond also. How about some pictures of you trees?

If you will look at some of my past posts, there are quite a few.

Harry
 

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I just read that you sold your trees and look forward to looking at your old posts.
I try to keep on learning and looking on the web at examples of what I SHOULD be trying to achieve.

Joe
 
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I know this is so typically girl of me.... but do you name them?? I love koi... like crazy. We have a nursery here that has one of the most impressive collections in our state I'm sure... they had a coon get in the pond a few years back, and sadly lost over 300k worth of fish... and as you know that means not a lot of fish were killed, but some great koi were lost. I can sit forever and just watch them and talk to them... Eric has to hustle me along because I'm so infatuated with them. :)
 

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Harry, you'll appreciate this...

Koi #1 female shiro utsuri +


Koi #2 male sanke +


Koi #3 male ginrin sanke =


Tons of culling!
 

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What is your secret to keeping the herons and other marauders out? I don't see any netting. So beautiful, the setting and the koi.
 
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Yes LOL. It was from my "gee I wonder what 30,000 baby koi look like" experiment :)

omg... that's just AWESOME. :D I don't think Eric would let me get away with that. lol He's been beating off my 'lets get fish' requests for years. lol What do you raise them in?
 

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Wow Harry that is great!!!! beautiful yard and pond.... and the koi are pretty HOT too :p :D .....

I can't put my finger on what it is... but something in the first photo seems a little off.... not sure ... </sarcasm>

++ on the envy meter... I hope to one day create a space as calming and soothing as that must be...
 

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What is your secret to keeping the herons and other marauders out? I don't see any netting. So beautiful, the setting and the koi.

Heron's need a runway to land and take off, my setting doesn't furnish that plus my koi are all over 28" long, to long for a heron to mess with.

Harry
 

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Harry , do use pond water to water your trees ? I started doing this and it seems to help.
 
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