We lost our pond. Due to the very deep temperatures (some nights about -20 C) the underground moved and the water of the pond vanished during one single night. There must be a crack somewhere. Only one fish survived the desaster. He has to live in a bucket until we manage to repare the pond ground. Husband is very unhappy - he loved his pond very much. The fishes were like some sort of pets, snacking food from the hand and now all are gone. I am not talking about Koi. We just had a lot of Shubunkin, but some were 8 years old and rather big and tame. The herons often snacked on them too. That is the reason why we don't grow expensive fish. There are lots of grey herons in our region screening the ponds and they don't care about first class fish or low budget and they are not shy, not one bit. But a heron may pick one or two and not all in one go. It was quite annoying and sad for husband to remove the remains of the fish. We hope we will be able to save some plants as the nymphaeas, but could not do anything because there was still lots of ice in the pond. Now this is gone too and we can start to remove everything and try to seal the base.
The kiwi has lots of freeze damages too. We will lose all of the long branches and it will have to grow new from its roots. Some roses don't look good either and the rosemary died. As for the rest I will have to wait until later wether there will be a sign of new leaves or not. Some plants as the fig need month to recover.
But there are also some nice signs of new life. First Spring flowers arrived:
|Crocus tommasinianus - elf crocus|
|snowdrops (a lot..)|