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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Winter Ice Sculptures with Your Pond or Fountain

Guess what? Ponds aren't only for the summer. We keep several running well into December most years here in Northern Michigan. As long as you disconnect your water line from the hose bib your water feature can function for months longer than you may have thought. We love this time of the year with our waterfalls and stream. The delicate thin ice that forms overnight creating amazing vignettes. Or on the basalt fountains the ice sculptures that grow, morph and catch the light. It is some great opportunities for photos if you are up early enough and of course bundled! Often the ice will be melted by mid day cleaning the canvas for another nights ice painting to form. 

Give the gift of a pond, waterfall or fountain to your loved ones this year! Commit to a spring project with a down payment and receive a Free Indoor Container Pond when you mention this #FrogBlog post!

Ice forms over the stream bed and keeps this leaf perfectly placed for the sunrise!

Ice forms over the stream bed and keeps this leaf perfectly placed for the sunrise!

Ice towers form above the bowl fountain and are illuminated by the underwater light. 

Ice towers form above the bowl fountain and are illuminated by the underwater light. 

House Plants Clean the Air

Here in Northern Michigan, the houses are sealed tight again. The winter winds are blowing and the goal is to keep that heat inside! But, stale and smelly air begins to settle in after just a few days and we have months of this weather. Many of us turn to air purifiers and HEPA filters on our furnaces. Even though the scent is gone however the toxins in our recycled air linger and cause respiratory distress among other ailments. 

House plants can absorb much of the airborn toxins in your home during the Northern Michigan winter. Some plants are better than others at absorption. The indoor ponds Waterpaw designs and installs (DIY Kits also available)   take advantage of some of these toxin sinks. Plants like bamboo varieties, succulents and spiked grasses.

Here are a few links to toxin absorbing house plants.

Click Here  for an article by Freshome

 

 Click Here for an article by the Eartheasy Blog 

 

Indoor ponds are a great way to bring plants into your home. We build complete ecosystems for your home. no need to give up container water gardening during the winter. 

Indoor ponds are a great way to bring plants into your home. We build complete ecosystems for your home. no need to give up container water gardening during the winter.