The Hall's Pond
Four acres of water garden and Fun
Pet World Visit
Craig Hall, retired teacher from
Montezuma, sent us a disc of these pics of his family’s four-acre pond --
actually a very impressive water garden. Right now, he says he’s more into
plants than the fish. He says the cash flow from selling the plants help
support his pond (which has progressed way beyond the hobby stage).
Lotsa Water. How’d you like to pay the water bill for filling this “little” pond? You don’t fill a water garden like this with your hose. You need a better way.
Lotsa View. And you add some grass seed, a little rain, a little time and working on your pond every day.
Lotsa Sweat. From this far back, you can’t totally appreciate everything that's here. Let’s take a look at some of the highpoints of this “little” water garden. We’ll start with that area on the right.
Lotsa Rocks. The Halls used heavy equipment to help move the rocks, still each rock had to be laid by hand. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither was this rock wall.
Lotsa Lilies. You’ll see more than white water lilies. Here’s some more color for your eyeballs.
Lotsa Irises. Water iris also grow well in Iowa. Here’s some of the varieties Craig raises.
Lotsa Other Plants. Now we’ll see some of Craig’s other pond plants.
Lotsa Lagniappes. Look it up. Craig says he nearly always gives away goldfish or koi when he sells you a plant. Thanks for the pix, Craig. LA
Epilog. The saga continues. We visited the Halls April 12. We just happened to be in the neighborhood. And just happened to have a camera to take a few pix.
Hall Monitor Report. We stopped past the Hall’s homestead on the way back from judging the EIAA Show in Cedar Rapids. We’d hoped to discover some Iowa salamander larvae but the water and air were too cold to enter (just right for the eggs). We kept our collecting equipment in the car but had a nice tour of the homestead anyway.
In spite of the below freezing nights, their water lilies were popping to the surface eagerly seeking the sun. Craig showed us his private shooting range where he hones his competitive skills. We picked up some empty brass from the modified M-16 he enjoys. We met their dog and numerous cats plus a three-inch long nearly new wild bunny. We found out how his pond water source works. He can use the three basic forms of energy to fill it: wind power; fossil fuel power; sweat power. Actually, the sweat power looked sorta fun (for a while).
Craig lost all his lunker-size koi during our fairly mild winter. Except for the smell he said he was glad to get rid of them. He likes his lilies much more than he liked the koi. Koi can wreck water lilies fairly fast. LA.
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