All You Need is Love...& a Pond in Your Michigan Yard!

All You Need is Love...& a Pond in Your Michigan Yard!

Looking for an escape lately? Finding that your usual electronic escape methods are just not as fun as relaxing as they used to be? I know that I am finding myself finding every excuse not to be on my feeds lately. I want to keep some balance and calm in my life and it just isn't coming from the internet. So, I find things to do that require activity in the 3d world instead- namely my ponds. 

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Moby Koi...?

"Say, you are in the country; in some high land of lakes. Take almost any path you please, and ten to one it carries you down in a dale, and leaves you there by a pool in the stream. There is magic in it." Herman Melville Moby Dick

  When sunset hits on the weekend you know where everybody and every event is going to be in a coast city - On the shore, in the park overlooking the water. People spend all week waiting for the weekend on the boat, at the beach, on the river.... Those of us with ponds on our property or in our homes find respite there when we can't get to the bigger water. Think about the last vacation you took. Was there water there? What do you feel when you spend time near, on or in water? For most of humanity being close to water is built into ritual and cultural identity. 

Often, people tell me that what we created for them initially as an aesthetic addition to their homes or yards has become a daily necessity for them. When they travel they often set up camera's to keep an eye on the #waterfall and #koi. When they come home they grab a glass of something, the dogs, the spouse and go to the pondside. It's not normally why they installed the pond. But, it's what happens. We often steer our clients toward designs they didn't think about and paths that meander through the site we designed to amplify the sound of the water as you travel the yard. The ponds, waterfalls, streams and fountains become a yard experience - the sound, scent and view of the water become the heart jewel of the yard and their home rituals. 

Join the #pondlifestyle with @waterpawllc and let's design your ritual for your indoor pond this winter or your outdoor pond to be installed Spring 2017! 



Water Lilies in the Fall

Fall is a bittersweet season for pond enthusiasts. The crisp, clear water of the autumn pond spectacularly reflects the riotous color of leaves on the trees above, providing great enjoyment. At the same time, it's sad to say goodbye to your beautiful water lilies bobbing on the pond's surface.

As fall approaches, hardy water lilies stop producing leaves that grow to the surface of the pond and start producing leaves that grow only a few inches high. To over-winter hardy water lilies, trim off the mature leaves a few inches above the crown and drop the pot to the lowest depth of the pond.

If your water lilies are permanently planted in pockets at the lowest part of your pond, all you need to do is remove the dead foliage. Hardy water lilies need to have a period of dormancy which is onset by cold water, so do not bring them into a heated indoor pond to keep them growing.

Tropical water lilies will flower up to and past the first light frost as they have no idea what winter is and no need to prepare for it. Tropical water lilies can be over-wintered indoors in water over 50 degrees F, or they can be taken out of the pot and stored in moist sand. The warm water method isn’t practical for most, and success with the moist sand method is variable, usually ending in the loss of the tuber to mold or rot. Botanical gardens with trained horticulturists expect to lose many of the tropical water lilies they store every winter. Start over each year as you do with your terrestrial annuals. 

Water Lilies in Harbor Springs Michigan