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Friday, January 7th, 2011

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!


Monday, March 15th, 2010
The colors of springtime.

The colors of springtime.

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.


Sunday, March 7th, 2010


Lily of the Nile
Originally from the Nile River Delta

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.