You may enjoy your garden pond for the sight and sound of the water alone. But aquatic plants will give it an extra dimension! one of the wonderful gifts of living in the greater Tampa Bay area is that this growing zone (zones 9 and 10) offer us ponds lovers an array of aquatic foliage that virtually remains in full leaf throughout the entire year. Toms Ponds not only builds beautiful ponds, fountains, and waterfalls, but also adorns them with aquatic plant life that makes your pond a unique creation!
One of the many blessings that we have living here in central Florida is that due to the mild winters many things can be done outdoors that are not suggested in colder climates. One of these things is the ability to plant trees like those in the picture that Toms Ponds planted at the beautiful Cheval Golf and Country Club. These trees are all conifers (those that bear cones for both seeds and pollen). This assortment of evergreen trees are: Florida Red Cedar, Arizona Blue Cypress, Hetzi Juniper, Leyland Cypress, Parsoni Juniper, Densa Slash Pine, and the Southern Cedar. It is most appropriate to plant these trees in the Greater Tampa Bay area winters. Planting these and other trees that flourish here require less watering-in than if planted in any other season. And come springtime, these newly planted trees will have a head start to the new growing season. This is also recommended with deciduous trees (those that shed leaves annually, i.e. the Bald Cypress, which is also a conifer, or the Sycamore which is a broadleaf). The rule of thumb is that if the particular tree can withstand the severest of central Florida winters without the fear of frost or temperture damage, than the winter time is a great time of year to plant!
Borrowed scenery is an essential concept when one attempts to create a new garden, especially when the space is limited. The idea is to expand your garden by incorporating the existing landscape in your neighbor’s yards. This will bring their yard into your garden and in turn this will expand your garden beyond property lines. This is best achieved by planting material that already exists beyond the fence. For example: if there are mature Bald Cypress next door, then on that particular property line plant a tripod of smaller Bald Cypress. This effect will carry your garden well beyond the fence line. It is amazing what can be accomplished in a limited space!
Welcome to Toms Ponds! Today is the Ides of March, the name given by the ancients to the fifteenth of this month. In classical conversation, this day is best remembered as the date when Julius Caesar was killed in 44BC. However, in horticultural terms, the Ides of March is the date when we can safely prune plant material that was damaged during the winter without fear of another freeze (in the greater Tampa Bay area). It marks the unofficial first day of spring. We may confidently prune, plant and prepare for yet another growing season. Today we all celebrate life, for it is the Ides of March.
Well we did it, we finally have our own blog where we can talk all about Japanese Gardens and what’s happening with Toms Ponds. Please check back often as we will try to update our blog regularly. We would also love to hear from you and get your feedback on our posts, so please feel free to comment on our posts. Please visit our main web site for Toms Ponds.
A great day today.
Tomorrow even better.