Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Visit to Hoshi Koi

I have a small koi pond in my garden.  When I need fish food, pond supplies (including water plants) or expert advice,  I always find them at Hoshi Koi.  Even if you don't keep fish yourself, this is a great place to spend some time admiring their beauty!  I wanted to get more tadpoles, the weather was lovely, so off I went.  Check out their website here http://hoshikoi.com/ .

Drive slowly as you enter, as there are slow-moving, friendly dogs on hand to greet you.  If you are lucky, the owner's adorable grandchildren (4ish and 6ish I'm guessing) will walk you through the place pointing out their special fish and telling you stories about each one.

There are wonderfully landscaped  fish ponds all around the property .

These fish are really huge!

 A glimpse of part of the private garden.  Notice those cool, huge petasides leaves.  Much better behaved than my own, I'm guessing that they're probably in a pot buried in the ground.

 It's a shame that there aren't more fish pictures, but the weather was extremely nice (not that I'm complaining) and the sun's glare on the water made it difficult for me to get many good shots.

 A really big pond - practically a lake!  And look at that beautiful setting!

 The shop

More fish for sale! 

Each year, they host a Koi Show, much like a dog show but without the agility portion (kind of hard with fish, I'm guessing.)  The fish are judged on standards and awards are given.  This is not an area of expertise for me, I think they're all gorgeous!

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