Well, it worked! Last fall I wrote a post about yard clean up and mentioned how overwintering my pond plants was an issue. My pond is far too shallow and freezes over completely. I usually drain it as much as possibly to help preserve the liner.
Pond plants are not inexpensive. In fact they are usually $10+. So replacing them each year is costly. As well, when you purchase new plants each year, they usually are small and haven’t the benefit of a year or two of growth. My basement is not cool enough to store bulbs, nor do I want to deal with the humidity or possible insect issues that come with overwintering pond plants. My idea was to dig a trench in a garden bed and sink a few pond plants into the trench. I buried them and added a layer of bark mulch on top. Once the ground was thawed, I started digging in. I have to be honest, I did not hold much hope that anything would survive, but you can’t imagine my excitement when I uncovered a green leaf; a very healthy green leaf. It was the Red Leaf Dock growing away under the soil.
I can’t report the cat tail or lily made it, but the dock did. It has given me hope that I don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars each year just stocking my pond with plants. However, the plant may have survived due to a very mild winter, but I fully intend to try my experiment again this Fall to see what else can survive.
What better way to spend a warm Spring afternoon than to spend it at a greenhouse with friends. I was invited by my teacher friend, Debbie, to join a group of fellow teachers making succulent terrariums. We travelled to a beautiful greenhouse just west of Wildwood, Alberta called Deb’s Greenhouse. The owner, Deb was so welcoming and what an extraordinary greenhouse she has. Such strong, healthy plants and so well organized. Having worked in a greenhouse before, I know what kind of hours and work that goes into this business.
We were given a selection of pots and containers to choose from and shown the succulent plant choices. Several items for a fairy garden were on hand, too. With full intention of making my own succulent fairy garden, we were offered the opportunity to make herb pots, too. Well, the lure of herbs was too much for me and I was drawn to the back of the greenhouse where the fragrant green beauties awaited me. It didn’t take me long to pick six herbs for my two pots. I was even surprised to find Cuban Oregano which I quickly snatched up. I plan to write a piece on this little, fragrant friend at a later date (okay, that later date will most likely be in the summer when I no longer have report cards knocking at my door).
As well, I have included photos below of some of the amazing succulent fairy and non-fairy terrariums made by the ladies I travelled with. The feature image above shows the succulent terrarium Debbie made. All of these ladies are so creative. Please check it out and let these creative endeavours of a warm Spring afternoon inspire you to make your own succulent garden.