Backyard Paradise

The New Pool Liner

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After 14 years we finally had to get a new liner. The old one was leaking and faded. We sure got our moneys worth out of it! We are hoping to get more years from the new one since technology has improved!           […] Read More

When the Tree Falls…..

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The good, the bad, and the ugly! The good: We had some trees that needed to come down. Not an emergency, but something that has been put on the back burner. The guy that I found was reasonable, and smart. He looked around as we walked the property and talked about all of the trees. […] Read More

Results of Overwintering Banana Tree

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So 6 days ago I was battening down the hatches for a storm. As I was coming around the pool deck I noticed a familiar sight. The beginnings of a bunch of bananas! I pretty much knew that this was going to happen after the tree started from about 4 feet tall. But it was […] Read More

Overwintering Banana Results

Results of Overwintering the Banana Tree

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So it has been a couple of months since I unwrapped the banana tree. There were a couple of threats of frost, so I put a 5 gallon bucket over it for protection. I may have left the bucket on too long. It was smashing the top of the banana tree. This made the first […] Read More

Unwrapping the Banana Tree

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I unwrapped the banana tree. It is still stiff, which I think is a good sign. I pulled back some of the top and it was very wet inside. Not sure how it will do, but I am thinking that maybe it needed some air. For this winter I may make a wire cage or […] Read More

Overwintering Banana Tree

Close Encounter

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We had very hard winds the other night. Margo looks out the bathroom window and says “Your chair by the fish pond blew over”. When I looked out the window I saw something completely different. I saw that a HUGE pine tree had broken and fallen over. The good news is that it fell away […] Read More

Overwintering the Banana Tree

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Back in 2012 I had bananas on 2 of my banana trees. It was a mild winter and the overhanging branches from the tree line probably protected them from the frost. I have been doing some research, but it is hard to find. I did find a few people who tried to overwinter them, but […] Read More

Overwintering Banana Tree

Eagles on Chipmans Pond

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My neighbor calls me, and I her, whenever something spectacular is happening on the pond. Well, she called me two days in a row and I am GLAD she did. We talked later and we both said that we have never seen this many eagles at one time since we have been here. I moved […] Read More

Surviving Fish From the Eggs

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Of course I was excited to see baby fish after the eggs disappeared. And I saw at least 6 at one time. But since the pond project is complete I have only seen 3 at one time. That would actually be good, but I had my heart set on 6! But some could still be […] Read More

Baby Koi

Fish Pond Nearing Completion

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Seems like a lot of time, sweat and tiredness (if that is a word?) have gone by since starting this project. But I have to say that in the end it will all be worth it! I find myself sitting out there every morning and every evening. Staring, planning, and enjoying. Here are a couple […] Read More