Koi Carp Feeding Time

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Today I visited the garden to feed the fish and I was thrilled to see them all come rushing to get their breakfast.

I think we have around 20 Koi in the pond at the moment- some are huge and others are just a few inches in length. The Koi breed in the pond every year and occasionally 1 or 2 of the babies will survive to grow in to big fish. I think there are several black Koi carp which were born in the pond and survived due to their excellent camouflage. There are 2 larger, colourful fish that I recognise were born in the pond; as I remember seeing them when they first appeared many years ago.

This year the Koi have been a little shy – often hiding under the bridge and I suspect that something has given them a fright. Last year an Otter got in to the pond and caught and ate 4 of our biggest fish 😞 It was very sad – but we have made the pond more secure and luckily haven’t lost a fish since!

Today I was able to get some great shots of them swimming in the water when I fed them. I also saw many tadpoles now swimming around in the water! I love tadpoles and I love how the garden is so full of life!

I also took a quick walk around the garden ton see what plants were looking too good to miss. I was pleased to see a few azaleas still blooming their hearts out and the candelabra primulas still looking lovely.

As we enter the Summer season the garden settles in to its sun drenched colours and the Japanese Maples show off their summer colour pallet.

Please enjoy looking at the photos shot today –