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Monday, February 15, 2010

Snow and more snow in NC, lotus plants now shipping

February 15, 2010

This sure seems like the winter that will never end. Snow is rare in North Carolina. Since we moved here from Michigan in 2000 we have only seen snow one time. And while our winters are cold, we rarely see ice.
Now in just the past few weeks we have had snow 3 times. And possibly the 4th time will be today. And we have had record cold and ice on one pond that holds koi that we sell.

The photos are of my pond, taken on Saturday February 13th

Stream-bed, bridge over stream bed and upper pond

Lower pond where my koi live, waterfalls, middle pond, stream bed

My email is filled with cries of help from many of my customers because these snow storms have effected mostly areas in the southeast USA, and folks who normally don't or have rarely dealt with snow and below normal temperatures.

It is truly heart-breaking for me to hear of ponds with dead fish. Twelve ponds so far. I sent out 3 email newsletter in January to my customers with tips and hints on dealing with record cold and snow. If you would like a copy, email me and I will be happy to send it to you.

Lotus tubers
We are into the 3rd week of shipping lotus tubers and a few varieties are now close to being sold out. Lotus can only be shipped while dormant and that is January - March or until we sell out.

The tubers are started in the house during the winter to ensure that they bloom the first year. This is particularly important in colder climates where the growing season is much shorter. I do provide step by step photos and information on how to get lotus tubers started inside.

You can see prices, varieties and make a purchase here Shopping cart click on the folder that says Lotus.