I thought I’d give you a little update on how my water garden is doing so far. I got fertilizer tablets for the water lilies and it has given them a great boost! They’re doing so much better then the first year.
The betta fish is in there – but he’s hiding! He eats all the mosquito larvae and couldn’t be happier in this environment! Also the snails are multiplying by the hundreds. They take care of all the algae that would otherwise be covering everything in the tub ; ) Now, if only my water lily would bloom!!
This time of year there’s a rush to get everything planted – weeding, watering, watching in eager anticipation…then picking beautiful, big, bouquets of flowers to fill the homes of family and friends! I’m expanding my cutting garden this year – and yes, I prefer to garden barefoot!
This book is causing quite a stir this season – and I had to get in on it! I’ve been inspired by FLORET to grow more flowers ; ) We have an undeveloped acre next to our house that has been used for different friend’s gardens in the past years. This year a neighbor girl and I are going to work together on a cut flower garden ; ) My potting shed is bursting with seedlings and I’ve been working out a planting schedule. My husband is going to dig a trench, install piping, and put a water spigot over there for us. I’m mapping out bed spacing: where/how much/what will be planted… We even invested in electric fencing to keep out the deer and ground hogs (last year they were too happy to help themselves to our garden!) It’s all so exciting to plan and prepare…and while everything looks good on paper and in theory so far, I’ll keep you posted about our progress through the summer!
I also thought I’d just share my view from where I’m sitting right now:
A breezy, sunny, spring day – sitting in my living room – perfect for garden planning and blogging ; )
This is the first opportunity I’ve had to paint since last month! I’ve been busy dividing my time between housework, schooling, and tending the seedlings for the garden: tomatoes, sweet peppers, daisies, black-eyed-susans, poppies, cilantro, marigolds, delphinium, and hollyhocks. Then, this week my water lettuce and water hyacinth arrived in the mail! They and the betta fish are waiting for it to get warm enough to go out to the bathtub water garden.
I’ve already brought my waterlily out of dormancy – from the dark basement out to the potting shed – leaves were already pushing up! I got a new block of watercolor paper in the mail with the water plants (just never know what boxes will show up together) so, I used the first page to start this terrarium: My Oasis.
My home and my gardens, with the birds and butterflies…my quiet days at home puttering around among my flowers or sitting with my sketchbook – this is my oasis! In just one more month, that’s where I’ll be! I know Mr. Betta is just as anxious to get out there – to be eating live larvae again instead of dried food pellets!
This is a picture of my flippies from the summer internship I had years ago – maintaining the perennial gardens for an estate. I loved that job and saved the flippies as a reminder of the flowers, sunshine, and an amused employer who didn’t believe I would wear these every day – weeding, transplanting, edging, pruning, dividing…no matter the weather!
Well, now that I have my own gardens to tend, I don’t just work in my gardens in the summer – planting, tending, harvest, etc. – there’s all the planning to be done during the cold days of winter! Taking stock of seeds that were saved, ordering new seeds, planting things early indoors, researching new plants that should be planted (when, where, how), and dreaming of what the garden will be!
My dear husband is building me a porch, so I’ve been busy dreaming of all the things I want to do with it and plant around it! I’m planning to hang my hummingbird feeder there, but I’d also like to have a potted fuchsia for them. I’m hoping to plant a Coral Honeysuckle to climb up the corner of the porch too!
Then there are the vegetable beds to plan and perennials I want to add to the boarders around the house…and I’m going to try growing more in containers too…and there’s my old bathtub water garden. So many things I want to do, so I must plan carefully, before spring gets here and the planting rush is on!
I got an old iron bathtub from a friend and have turned it into a water garden! I’ve got a white water lily, water hyacinth, and water lettuce. I did my research, read about snails eating algae and got some at a local stream.
For the winter my snails and tender water plants will live in vases in the sunny window sills. They seem to be doing well there ; ) They are fascinating creatures to observe! Next year I’ll stock my bathtub with a betta fish (they eat mosquito larve) and get some pitcher plant, arum, etc…
What I hope my water garden will look like next year: