Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Oh No Snow!

This is what I woke up to yesterday morning. What a disappointment after all the nice 
weather we have been spoiled with.

I immediately went outside to check on my plants which were covered with snow.

Oh the hostas.... I know they cannot tolerate this. 

I think the lambs ear will be ok...

and the bergenia should be fine.

But... Oh the hostas!

Well we should know in a few days what sort of damage there is. Also, to top it off today I woke up to FROST! So there I was before I even had my morning coffee spraying my plants with water. I heard this somehow helps. I don't know why but it was worth a try. Anything to save my plants... I know I'm obsessed, but what can one do.

I promised an update on my pond filtration system and how it has worked, so here is a before and after. It has really cleared up. I believe it is largely due to the UV light filter, but the colder weather could be helping also. Hopefully when the weather warms up it will remain that way.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

A New Pump and Filter for the Pond

I bought a new KoolScapes pond filtration system with a UV clarifier for my pond 
at Home Hardware.

When I opened up the box I saw that it was not going to be as difficult as I thought to set it up. In fact 
it was easy and it was up and running in no time.

The hardest part was deciding which fountain head I wanted to use.

I finally decided on this fountain because of the pleasant sound it created. 

Now I hope the filtration system works and my pond clears up so I can see my fish. I will let you 
know in a week or two.

I just had to include a picture of this pasque flower which was growing beside the pond. It self 
seeded there and was a pleasant surprise.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Time to Start Picking the Flowers Again

I thought it was time to get out my favourite vase and go out to the garden to pick some flowers again. 
This is what I cam back with - helleborus and forget-me-not. I've never picked the helleborus before because my plant was not big enough but finally I was able to spare a few. I am surprised, they are lasting quite well.

Here is a closer look.

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