Thanks for everyone's advice on my minipond! I kind of took the easy way out and just put in feeder goldfish. I'll still feel guilty if they die but at least they only cost 12.5 cents each. I didn't manage to capture the goldfish, anarcharis (seaweed) or water hyacinth in this shot but they're all there. The goldfish seem happy so far, although they are attracting an unhealthy degree of interest from my cats. Here's a closer look at one of the irises I've got around the minipond: I've dotted the hillside with three kinds of irises, purply-white impatiens, lavender foxgloves, virginia bluebells, hydrangeas (that will hopefully bloom blue this year but we'll see), and then groundcovers of strawberry begonias, hostas, coral bells and hellebores. There's still the thicket of January-blooming daffodils although all that remains are their lanky greens, and then there's a fair population of the wild violet as well. What's strawberry begonia? This is the most amazing plant. It loves the hillside and is reproducing like crazy. Eventally there'll be little plants popping out from every niche in the rocks. They stay evergreen all winter, they pop out those foamy white flower spikes in the spring and they send out little pink tentacles which spawn new plants, and of course they fill the 'weed-suppressing groundcover' niche. People grow it as a houseplant but don't realize you can grow it in Georgia outside. There's also a hosta ("June") in the background, and a baby hyacinth and a whole lot of daffodil greens. As much as I've come to love strawberry begonias and hostas, irises have enchanted me since childhood. Here's a different sort of photo: The flowers probably won't last out the week but I've enjoyed the last two weeks of the iris show immensely. I've still got Louisiana irises and Siberian irises that'll flower later, too!