Firstly, a big thanks to http://www.saraandherblog.blogspot.com/ for highlighting a new feature in http://www.draft.blogger.com/ which have so many new templates to choose from. I had so much fun changing the themes and had a tougher time choosing one.
We love water plants at home and have several pots of them. One of my favourite is this water lily which I have 2 plants inside, one purple and another white.
In hot afternoons, I will be hiding under this lotus leaves and we have small fishes in all pots to keep mosquitoes larvaes at bay. Dengue fever is no joke as many people die yearly here and if the authorities even find one miserable larva in my pot, I'll be slammed with a huge fine. So, I feed these small red fishes everyday and they are very cheap. I am sure they are glad I bought them as they are sold as food to big fishes.
I have 2 blue pots to cultivate water lettuces, they will be food for my kois..and more fishes inside.
The koi pond is finally ready. Husband and I wanted a so called 'Japanese' inspired pond. I told him, this heavy granite lamp is a must and we love it when it is lighted with candle at night. It sort of completes the theme. A Chinese contractor quoted us 3.5 times more than what we paid for this pond and we got some Indonesians to do it up well for a much smaller amount. I think these Indonesians are probably the sub-con to the Chinese contractors.
With a new filtering system, the pond is always clear and the fishes happy. I must say that I find it difficult to take pictures of these fishes. They recognise my husband and swim leisurely around, but if I am there, they will are always swimming away or hiding somewhere. Unfortunately, we had to lost a few fishes after putting them in their new home. I am not sure it's the water or excitement, some jumped out and committed suicide :(
Same granite material for the water cascade pot.
If you buy an insect repellent spray which contain citronella oil, it will smell exactly like the bush on the bottom right. I put it there so mosquitoes will leave me alone when I am feeding the fishes.
Another view of the pond and part of our garden.
Have a happy week everyone :)