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A Stumbling Block or a Stepping Stone
ORNAMENTAL PONDS: Crystal Clear Water

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More about stumbling blocks ...

Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.”
          ~ Romans 14:13


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Seems perfect for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday ...

It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.”
Sarah Addison Allen, First Frost

I wonder ...

I wonder if the snow loves
    the trees and fields,
    that it kisses them so gently?

And then it covers them up snug,
    you know, with a white quilt,
    and perhaps it says

"Go to sleep, darlings,
    till the summer comes again."

A Stumbling Block or a Stepping Stone

 
Isn't it strange how princes and kings,
And clowns that caper in sawdust rings,
And common people, like you and me,
are builders for eternity?
 
Each is given a list of rules;
A shapeless mass; a bag of tools.
And each must fashion, ere life is flown,
A stumbling block or a stepping-stone.
 
By R. L. Sharpe

ORNAMENTAL PONDS: Crystal Clear Water


Did you know that it's easy (really!) to enhance and maintain water clarity in your ornamental ponds?

Here's how ...

The secret is to maintain a balanced ecosystem (pH around 6-7) which is a fancy way of saying that you need the RIGHT kind of bacteria to flourish. 

During the winter months, bacteria becomes dormant.  Start by seeding your bio-filter with beneficial bacteria (available at your local pond supply store, PetSmart, or online) - depending on the size of your pond, this will take approximately 7-10 days before your will notice a change in the climate of your pond with ever-increasing improvements noted daily.

Retaining Wall Basics


Like you, I'm ready for the return of Spring weather and spending some time outdoors.  One of my favorite projects for this time of year, is designing and building retaining walls.  If you're planning to upgrade your surroundings, make sure that the contractor you choose provides you with a durable wall that will last a lifetime.

Over the years when I've been called in to repair and/or reconstruct an existing wall, I find one of two problems exist ... either 1) a shallow footer; or 2) backfill using dirt only without stone drainage(sometimes both!

The beauty of Fall ...

Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.  ~ Emily Bronte

The Objection of Being Stepped On

"At the end of the row
I stepped on the toe
Of an unemployed hoe.
It rose in offense
And struck me a blow
In the seat of my sense.
It wasn't to blame
But I called it a name.
And I must say it dealt
Me a blow that I felt
Like a malice prepense.
You may call me a fool,
But was there a rule
The weapon should be
Turned into a tool?
And what do we see?
The first tool I step on
Turned into a weapon.
     ~ Robert Frost, The Objection to Being Stepped On
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Weather

 
 
Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot
Whatever the weather
We'll weather the weather
Whether we like it or not
 

The real meaning of plant catalog terminology

 
The real meaning of plant catalog terminology:
 
     -A favorite of birds  means to avoid planting near cars, sidewalks, or clotheslines.
 
     -Grows more beautiful each year  means "looks like roadkill for the foreseeable future".
 
     -Zone 5 with protection  is a variation on the phrase "russian roulette".
 
     -May require support  means your daughter's engineering degree will finally pay off.
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