Thursday, February 28, 2008

Best of Seaside Gardens

First Flower of the Season

Here is my first flower of the 2008 season! Tomorrow will be February 29 and it was nearly 80 degrees today in California. My poor family in Ohio are shivering cold!

Happy Ponding!

Thanks to New Staff!!!

Thank you to my daughter Kjaere (picture above & on my friend's list) who did ALL the great video work on Episode 4 . She looks a lot like Mom, huh?

Episode 4 of The PondPlant Girl is all ready and on YouTube! There are lots of other YouTube gardening videos on the site too. I even learned a thing or two!

Check it out.

The PondPlant Girl

((( Episode 4 ))) Seaside Gardens

We are already on Episode 4, WOW! We toured Seaside Gardens in Carpinteria, California; which is episode one of the Southern California series. This episode is the beginning of our big-time videos. So, things are looking hot! Now the website has lots of videos for your ponding delight.

The future of The PondPlant Girl will include

+ Creating a simple backyard water garden

+ What not to buy

+ Where to get free plants!

Check out The prices are great and they also have some other cool stuff going on; like a search for water garden stores near you.

Happy Ponding!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Tucking Your Plants in At Night

Unexpected Cold:
Now that spring is just around the corner, everyone is tempted to start planting. However, there are still those little unexpected cold snaps that come along. For the ponder, that means paying special attention to plants, such as water hyacinth, that grows great during the day but suffers when unprotected during the evening cold. Even though the temperatures might only get down to 40 degrees at night, frost can still form high upon the rooftops. This is a sign to pay special attention to plants left outside. If left uncovered, the more tropical-like plants will begin to brown and might not survive.

There is an easy solution to this.
If you are not able to house your plants or bring them inside at night, simply cover your container pond with a towel or a sheet. DO NOT USE PLASTIC. While cotton absorbs moisture, plastic traps it in against your sensitive plants. My mother covered her plants with plastic and lost every single one. And, that was when the temps were above freezing! When I lived in Tahoe (one of the coldest urban environments out there) I covered my pond plants with cotton sheets and they did just fine.

Plant care and pre-spring temperature is tricky. But for now while the weather is in transition, remember to tuck your tropicals in at night.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Pond Plant Girl Show ONLINE

It's Fantastic News!
I have had a fantabulous response to The PondPlant Girl Show! It's quickly growing and I want to include ALL my ponding friends here on myspace. Next month I am going off location and interview a florist who also has beautiful healthy house plants. We'll find out her secret then! (Only because I want to be better than her.)

The PondPlant Girl is Online! Mark your favorite's list and watch for more episodes every Friday night at 9:00 pm. Tell a Friend! We are doing some fun stuff too.

Happy Ponding!!!