Backyard Paradise

When the Tree Falls…..

0 comments

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

0 comments

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

0 comments

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

0 comments

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

0 comments

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

0 comments

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

0 comments

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

0 comments

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

0 comments

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

Enlarging the Fish Pond

2 comments

We have had this fish pond for about 11 years. I met a fellow who breeds koi and he sold me some butterfly koi. They are absolutely beautiful. So I get the idea that I need to enlarge my pond to accommodate more fish! I find that he has a domain name, but no website..... […] Read More