Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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I hope that your Christmas and Holiday season is as enjoyable as this cats apparently was! He sure looks tuckered out, perhaps it was all the turkey he ate?

Are you getting together with friends or family for the holidays? Cooking a big meal or going to a relatives to enjoy a BIG meal?

Have a great day! Merry Christmas!






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Water gardening tips and ideas

lily-pond-water-garden2.jpg Perhaps you’ve been wanting to do something different with your backyard this year.

Rather than just doing the standard garden, you would like to do something more unique. After giving it some thought, you have decided that water gardening might be a unique concept.

What is Water Gardening Anyway?

You are met with confusion when you tell your family and friends about your plan to attempt water gardening. Your friends and relatives don’t understand that water gardening is using water and plants in such a way as to give a garden-like effect. One of the easiest forms of water gardening is creating a small pond in your backyard and adding plants to it.

The first step in creating a backyard pond is to decide how big a pond you would like to have. To begin with, it is best if you make a pond that is only slightly larger than a moderately-sized birdbath. The size of the pond can always be made larger later.

Once you’ve dug a hole in your backyard or within your garden you will need to find a liner for your pond. Simply filling up the new hole with water won’t work as the water will drain back into the ground. Visit your local garden center to find a liner. For small ponds you’ll probably be looking for a formed hard plastic pool. Purchase it and then take it out to the hole you already dug and make adjustments to the hole so that the liner will fit in snugly.

Once you have the liner ready, make sure that it easily fits into the hole that you have made in your lawn. Place it in the hole, and fill it with water. Your small pond is now ready for water gardening! The next step is adding plants to your new pond, let’s consider using water lilies.

Water lilies are very lovely and make for beautiful water gardening. Perhaps you have seen water lilies on display at your garden center during the summer months. They have a unique root system which supports itself on the surface of the water, and they are available in a variety of different colors. It is, however, important to note that water lilies are delicate and only thrive in warm weather.

Water Lilies are just one example of the type of plants that can be used in a water garden. There are all kinds of water loving plants that would be suitable for a water garden. It just depends upon what type of climate you live in and what type of water you are using.

One other thing that you should keep in mind in regards to water gardening is mosquitoes. Standing water attracts mosquitoes as they usually lay their eggs in still waters. You’ll probably want to look into some ideas for keeping mosquitoes away from your pond. Skimming the water daily to remove larvae could work. Ask at your garden center as I’m sure they’ll have some great ideas for you.

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We’ve had a death in the family

For those of you visiting today for Green Thumb Sunday I might not be able to get my GTS post up today.

My husbands cousin passed away on Friday and we’ll be in and out of town over the next few days as we visit with mourning family members, go to the visitations and the funeral.

I know that there are several people still waiting to be added to the GTS list. I’m sorry that I haven’t managed to check your sites and get them added to the list in time for this weeks Green Thumb Sunday posts.

However, if you are new to GTS and are participating this week, please feel free to leave a comment on this post (or my GTS post if I get it up before we leave later today) and other members will know you are participating and hopefully visit to see what you’ve posted.

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