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In This Issue: February 2007

First meeting of the year!

Meet the new Presidents Jo & Gary Hunerdosse

What’s new for 2007?
Get your thinking caps on.

Check out last year’s new ideas for the club. Take your own idea and get it in the works or choose from the many ideas written

Make a difference get involved this year!

Saturday, February 24, 2007
At 6:00 pm
Jo & Gary Hunerdosse
306 Red Fox Rd SE
Cedar Rapids, IA

Directions: From 1st ave. E, take Cottage Grove to 34th St then right on 34th St to Beaver Ave. Left on Beaver Ave then left onto Indiandale Rd, then left on Trailridge. Follow it around to Red Fox Rd and turn left.

34th is also accessible from Mt. Vernon Rd SE or from Mt. Vernon Rd take East Post Rd to Trailridge then right onto Red Fox .

Directions from the Aug. 2006 newsletter

submitted by Pam Moore

January 28, 2007
Beginning Balance for January: $3989.47
Renew memberships $60.00
Ending Balance $4049.47

By Josh Spece

Hosta ‘Sagae’

Most Hosta species are native to Japan where they have been cultivated and collected for hundreds of years. Over the years, many Japanese Hostas have made their way to America and with them came their odd looking, strange sounding names.

When Hosta ‘Sagae’ was first introduced to the United States, it was called Hosta fluctuans ‘Variegated’. That name is invalid for several reasons according to the International Nomenclature Code, so in the mid ‘90’s American Hosta growers began adopting the correct Japanese name – ‘Sagae’. The correct pronunciation is “suh-ga-eh”, but a native Japanese speaker will tell you Americans can not pronounce it correctly.

Regardless of what you call it or how you pronounce it, Hosta ‘Sagae’ is a tried and true classic and was awarded Hosta of the Year status in 2000. It forms a large, vase-shaped plant up to 30 inches high and five feet across. The broad heart-shaped leaves are frosty grey-green with an edge that starts out bright, golden yellow in the spring and fades to creamy white by mid-summer. The leaf margins are lightly wavy and the plant as a whole is truly distinct and unmistakable! Tall, arching scapes of pale lavender flowers emerge in mid-summer.

Hosta ‘Sagae’ has produced a number of sports – probably the most widely known and dramatic being ‘Liberty’. Hosta ‘Liberty’ has all the same excellent qualities of its parent, but the gold margin is much wider making for a spectacular show.

Hosta ‘Sagae’ will take up a good deal of garden space once mature, but it is space well used!

Hospitality………………………..Elena Murillo
mespringcove@aol.com * 294-4866

Community Service……………… open - no volunteers

Recognition……………………….Gil Morley
mespringcove@aol.com * 294-4866

Commercial Relations……………Bob & Stephanie Geers
hawkskier@yahoo.com * 363-2448

Writing…………………………...Monica Morley/Maria Hamilton

Publicity…………………………...Jackie Allsup
cedarserviceja@aol.com * 934-3665

Water Garden Tour…………….. TBD

Programs………………………….open - no volunteers

2007 Pond Expo Committee

Jackie Allsup: cedarserviceja@aol.com * 934-3665
Roberta Ward
Robert Ward
Pam Moore
Larry Thompson
Erma Thompson
Robert Hollenbeck
Herman Michel
Kacy Novak
Elena Murillo
Gary Hunerdosse
Monica Morley
Gil Morley
Tim Nolan
Linda Nolan

Deadline 25th each month for articles...
You could win a PRIZE!!!

The newsletter needs member participation. We are interested in anything you would like to share with the other members:

Here are a few ideas:

best fish food
best plants
products you have used
fish medications
problem-solving ideas
photos with caption
etc., etc, etc.

Each time you submit something for the newsletter, your name will be entered into a drawing. Winner will be announced at the November meeting.

Submit to mespingcove@aol.com or

Monica Morley
6702 Spring Cove Ct NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

One of our newest members, Dave Bell, joined at the Expo 2006. He said he couldn’t pass up the club membership at such a great rate. After going to a few meetings, he realized the benefits of being a member far exceeded the price of joining.

He first started watergardening with a half whiskey barrel a number of years back. He also kept tropical fish in his youth. In spring of 2004, his pipe dream for many years finally became a reality….having his own pond. Watching the fish is probably what Dave and Janice enjoy most about their pond. The pond was designed so they could sit on the side and look down at the fish. One of their favorite plants are water lilies in bloom. They get a kick out of watching the plants “dance” when the fish are spawning.

They have comet goldfish and shubunkin. Here are a few of their names Two-tone, Big Daddy, Big Mama, Little Daddy, Ghost, and Lucky. Dave spends his ponding time watching the fish and enjoying the fish. In warmer weather it includes cleaning the mechanical filter on a regular basis. They also look for new and better ways to do things, new and different plants and fish, and learning more about keeping and raising fish and plants.

He designed his own pond featuring the below ground part (the pit) which is about two feet deep and was done so the fish could be wintered over in the pond. When the pond temperature drops, he drains the water down to ground level so the above ground part is not destroyed by expanding ice. The overflow of the veggie filter is a waterfall. They anticipate using the veggie filter as a nursery for next years’ spawn. Another advantage to having a veggie filter is that most of the floating plants that tend to block our view of the fish will be confined to the veggie filter.

He is currently experimenting with wintering over water hyacinth and water lettuce to give the veggie filter a head start when spring comes.

New member, Ruth Rentschler, joined April, 2006. Ruth has visited many Eastern Iowa Pond Society pond tours. She also attended our first 2006 expo and decided joining was a good thing to get ideas and information.

Ruth has been a water gardener for 6 years. She most enjoys hearing and watching the water move from her two-tier falls between the upper and lower ponds. Her favorite water plant is the water hyacinth. At this time she has no fish.

Ponding time involves planting, landscaping, cleaning, planning and enjoyment

Ruth has not yet joined the many of us who have fallen in the pond yet, but has come close.

In The Country Garden & Gifts.

E.I.P.S. members receive a 10% discount. Must show your current membership card at time of purchase.

Shade the pond (at least 92% shade) to inhibit algae growth, promote and maintain color of your koi and keep water temperature cooler.

Take care not to strip the protective slime from your fish if you handle them. This coating helps them resist fungus and bacteria.

KOI USA Magazine


Well the snow has finally found us. People thinking of putting in ponds want to know what happens to the pond during the winter snow. Take some pictures to share. Who knows, this could be the start of another photo contest……. Deadline will be in April.

Your photos would be a great addition for the club table at the Expo.


Club member Bob Rickard would like help laying out a pondless waterfall. He can provide a picture of the proposed area. If you have any knowledge about this, contact him at:

700 Plum
PO Box 154
Tipton, IA 52772

February Birthdays

Rose Milden - February 6
Ron Rife - February 13
Robert Ward - February 14
Edna Rife - February 15
Tim Nolan - February 16
Elena Murillo - February 16
Pam Moore - February 21
Quinn Novak - February 21

If you would like your birthday printed in the newsletter, email us at mespringcove@aol.com or sign in with the Hospitality Committee: Elena Murillo or Gil Morley

What happened on the day you were born.

February 6

1994 Actor Joseph Cotton dies at the age of 88.
1950 Natalie Cole, daughter of Nat King Cole, was born.
1940 Tom Brokaw, NBC TV anchorman, was born.

February 13

2002 Waylon Jennings, country singer, died.
1988 The 15th Winter Olympics opens in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
1944 Jerry Springer, talk show host, was born.
1923 Chuck Yeager, test pilot (broke the sound barrier), was born.

February 14

1980 Walter Cronkite announces his retirement.
1920 The League of Women Voters is established in Chicago.
1921 Hugh Downs, TV personality, was born.

February 15

1842 Postage stamps with adhesive on the back are sold for the fist time at the New York City post office.
1978 In a split decision, Leon Spinks takes the heavyweight boxing champion title away from Muhammad Ali.
1927 Harvey Korman, actor, was born.
1951 Jane Seymour, actress, was born.

February 16

1978 The Silver Dollar is introduced as a US coin.
1959 John McEnro, tennis player, is born.
1935 Sonny Bono is born.
1920 Patti Andrews, lead singer of the Andrew Sisters, is born.

February 21

1885 The Washington Monument, one of the worlds’s tallest masonry structures at 555 feet in height, is dedicated.
1955 Kelsey Grammer, actor, is born.
1927 Erma Bombeck, columnist, is born

March 12
Cost: $55.00, inc ludes transportation & admission

Further details contact:

Zora Ronan
319 438-6838

Deb Walser
319 378-4243


Check out the Show web site: www.chicagolandflowerandgarden.com

You close your eyes and listen to the water trickling down the stream, the smell of hyacinths and tulips fill the air and you are transported to a beautiful warm spring day. Then you open your eyes and reality hits…… you are standing inside and it is the beginning of March. Last year Tom and I attended the garden show with Zora and Deb and enjoyed the respite from the cold winter season. The gardens & ponds that were recreated inside were amazing. The variety of seminars offered was outstanding and we enjoyed visiting the vendors. Monica and I have signed up and we are looking forward to a great time.

Winter Gardening Fair

February 24
9:00 am—4:00 pm
Kirkwood Community College
Cedar Rapids IA

Creative Gardening Series

Three lectures, topics to be announced

March 24
March 31
April 17

Beems Auditorium
Cedar Rapids IA

Spring Plant Sale
May 19 8:00 am
Linn County Extension

Look for the Master Gardeners at:

WMT Garden & Home Show
March 9-11
Hawkeye Downs
Cedar Rapids, IA

Brucemore Garden & Art Show
August 25
Cedar Rapids IA

Dates are subject to change

Myth: Maintaining a water garden is a constant headache.

Fact: Ecologically balanced water gardens let Mother Nature do the heavy lifting.

Make sure you install a water garden that works with Mother Nature not against her. Top quality ecosystem pond systems that include mechanical and biological filtration, lots of aquatic plants, fish, active bacteria, and plenty of rocks, are a good example. The result is minimal water testing and chemicals, no clogged filter. Stagnant water, or mucky bottoms that needs constant draining and cleaning

Myth: You should never have algae in your pond.

Fact: A proper proportion of green algae is considered beneficial.

Fish eat it and it’s part of the ecology of any living, healthy pond. Pristine, over-treated water is dead by comparison. Too much algae has a simple cause too much sunlight and plenty of nutrient rich water. That’s why a well designed natural pond includes proper filtration to diminish the nutrients and help algae grow. And shade sources from landscaping and aquatic plants.

Myth: Small water features are less work.

Fact: Actually, the larger the water feature, the easier the maintenance.

Aquarium hobbyist know it’s much easier to achieve a healthy, stable tank with more water, not less. Small water features rarely have the flow or capacity necessary for long term stability, and soon need lots of maintenance. Regardless of the size, a properly designed pond is better able to achieve ecological balance, but as water gardens become larger, they also become more stable with each passing year as plants, bacteria colonies, and other vital life becomes established.

March 24 @ 6pm
Moores & Nolans—Cedar Rapids
”Photography” by Curt Moore

April 12 @ 7pm
Larry & Erma Thompson—Cedar Rapids
“Building a Greenhouse Over a Koi Pond” by Larry Thompson

Enjoy our own members as speakers!!!!

Feb. 24, 2006

“Winter Fair” at Kirkwood. Starting 9:00 am to 4:00pm

Support your club by volunteering one or two hours of your time. You would be at our club table to hand out brochures and answer questions. Let’s make this a group effort. You’ll have a good time guaranteed!!!


Jackie Allsup

from Aquascapes Lifestyle Magazine

Simple Enough

The name basically explains it all. It’s a waterfall and stream, without the pond. But why would you want a waterfall without a pond? The truth is that a Pondless® Waterfall isn’t for everyone, but it can be a great alternative for someone who isn’t quite sure about getting a full-fledged pond. Some people are a little gun-shy when it comes to ponds because of mosquitoes. And although ponds that contain biological and mechanical filters are constantly being re-circulated, discouraging mosquitoes, the threat of West Nile is still very scary.

Standing water can also be scary for people with young children. We all know how fast children move, and the thought of having a pond so close to their play areas discourages some from considering a water garden. Other people feel that taking care of fish would be a little too much of a responsibility, and that they won’t be able to leave their pond for long periods of time, while still others say they do not have enough room for a whole pond.

Cost is also a big factor when it comes to installing a pond. The price of a Pondless® Waterfall will be less because there is not as much labor less rock used because of the absence of a pond. The Pondless® Waterfall is for all the people that have those concerns, as well as people who are in love with waterfalls.

A Complete System

If it’s hard for you to imagine a waterfall and stream without a pond, it must be hard to figure out how it works. Questions like, “Where does the water come from?” and “Where does the water go?” are common for inquiring minds. Well, the truth is that it works much like a regular pond. A hole, deeper than a normal pond, is dug, then lined with rock and gravel, and filled with water. The water is then circulated from beneath the rocks and gravel by a pump that sits on the bottom. A pipe runs from there up to a BIOFALLS® filter and into an overflowing waterfall, where it falls back into the reservoir. Since the water level never pools above the level of the rock and gravel fill, it gives the appearance of a Pondless® Waterfall. But the greatest part of it all is that all the anxieties you have about ponds go right out the window the minute the waterfall is turned on!

Picture This

It’s a beautiful summer day and you are planning on having friends over to barbeque out on your patio. Somehow, setting up the sprinkler to mimic the sound of a natural stream doesn’t do it for you. What about that Pondless® Waterfall that you’ve heard so much about? Why not take the plunge? Pondless® Waterfall owners are flipping over their newly-installed masterpieces. “With three small children, you can never be too careful, but with the Pondless® Waterfall, my safety concerns are significantly minimized,” Colleen Heitzler, Pondless® Waterfall owner, said. “And the best part about it is that it fits into our lifestyle – our kids love it, and it’s a nice little piece of tranquility for my husband and I after a hectic day.”

The Pondless® Waterfall has made many water-lovers, who were previously unable to indulge in the sweet sounds of falling water, very happy. It’s a great alternative for those who are trying to get their feet wet, or looking to fit a little bit of paradise into their own backyard. In other words, when all else fails … go pondless!

Reprinted with permission by bonniesplants.com

4’x6’ to 6’.x 6’ pond

1 Lily
5—8 Bog Plants
3 Water Hyacinth or Lettuce
24 Submerged Plants like Hornwort or Anacharis

6’x11’ to 11’x11’ Pond

2 Lilies
9–13 Bog Plants
6 Water Hyacinth or Lettuce
44 Submerged Plants like Hornwort or Anacharis

11’x11’ to 14’x16’ Pond

3 Lilies
10-15 Bog Plants
8 water hyacinth or lettuce
90 Submerged Plants like Hornwort or Anacharis

16’x16’ to 16’x21’ Pond

5 Lilies
13-18 Bog Plants
12 Water Hyacinth or Lettuce
160 Submerged Plants like Hornwort or Anacharis

21’ x 21’ to 26’ 26’ Pond

7 Lilies
20-28 Bog Plants
15 Water Hyacinth or Lettuce
200 Submerged Plants like Hornwort or Anacharis

by Bonnie Hale. Koi USA

Lotus are hardy from zones 5 to 10, and there are some varieties that are hardy to zone 4 so be sure to check the zone hardiness of the variety you are purchasing. Sun requirements are at least 6 hours a day. The height varies from 18” to 60”, depending on the variety. Ideally they like 4” to 10” of water over the pot. I start out in the spring at a shallow depth of a couple of inches over the rim of the pan. This shallow depth will be warmer too. As new growth begins to sprout, the pan can be gradually lowered to the deeper depth, but no deeper than 10”.


The Lotus will be slow growing at first. The leaves will start to emerge once the tuber has rooted. This can take a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on the water temperature. I have found I get better blooming results by fertilizing them every 2 to 3 weeks during the growing season. Simply take a stick and push a small hole into the soil near the outer rims of the Lotus pan and push 2 or 3 pond plant fertilizer tablets down in the hole. Pat the soil down to cover the tablet and replace the pan back in the pond. Nearly all parts of the Lotus are edible and are used in Oriental cooking. The hefty price of Lotus will surely discourage you from sampling your Lotus. This makes it ideal (safe) for people who have small children and pets that may endeavor to taste your pond plant. In the fall after the frost has nipped the leaves, carefully cut away all of the foliage and lower the pan to the very bottom of the pond for the winter. The following spring when you see new leaves coming forth, move the Lotus up in the water so that it is at the proper depth.

Growing Them Pond Side

Because my fish love Lotus, I grow them pond side. I dig out an area near the pond that will accommodate the pan. Then I simply lower the pan into this hole. As the foliage grows, the leaves camouflage the pan so it is not visible. Another reason for planting pond side is that to bloom freely Lotus must be fed regularly and that can cause green water. I fertilize mine every 3 weeks using Job’s sticks for blooming plants.

Fall Planting and Division

Most will divide their Lotus in the very early spring before they see new growth coming up. If you plan to divide your plant in the late winter or very early spring., keep an eye on the plant. Once new growth begins, disturbing the roots can be fatal to the plant. Basically, dividing Lotus in the fall is very similar to spring time/late winter dividing. The only difference is that you do not add any fertilizer and the newly potted Lotus is placed at the bottom of the pond for over wintering, ensuring the tuber will not freeze. If placing the plant in a cool place 36 to 55 degrees to keep it dormant and from freezing until it is time to add it to the pond. Make sure you check the pan during this time and that you have at least a couple of inches of water over the gravel.

How is my Koi different from a goldfish?

Simple, have you ever seen a goldfish with whiskers? A Koi’s whiskers are called barbells and are used to root around in the gravel or mud for food.

How long can Koi live?

Well, there’s really no limit, depending on the life your Koi leads. The oldest one recorded was named Hanako and lived to be 226 years old in the Mino Province of Japan.

Do I need to add anything to my pond to keep Koi?

As long as you keep your pond as natural as possible, with a biological and mechanical filter, along with plants and gravel, the Koi will be just fine. Contrary to popular belief, a UV sterilizer is not required to keep your fish healthy. After all, how many UV sterilizers do you see in nature?

Eastern Iowa Pond Society Membership Application

February 24
6:00 pm - Jo & Gary Hunerdosse - Cedar Rapids

March 24
6pm Moores & Nolans—Cedar Rapids

April 12
7pm Larry & Erma Thompson—Cedar Rapids

April 28
7pm Wayne & Pat Beuter—Walker

May 10
7pm Dennis & Carol Sindelar—Cedar Rapids

May 26
5pm Quinn & Kacy Novak—Cedar Rapids

June 14
7pm Dorothy Helms—Vinton

June 23
Jim & Rose Milden—Cedar Rapids

July 8
Pond Tour

July 28
Jackie Allsup—Quasqueton

August 9
7pm Gary & Jo Hunerdosse—Cedar Rapids

August 25
Herman Michel—Cedar Rapids

September 15
7pm Joe & Judy Olsen—Independence

September 22
4pm Sharon Weiss—Vinton

October 27

November 17
Recognition & Election Night—T.B.D.

Agenda: Business Meeting: 30-40 minutes
Program: 30-45 minutes
Tour of host’s pond/water features: 40-60 minutes

All locations and topics are subject to change. Read your monthly newsletter for details and updates.

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