Our garden guru Chris Olsen of Botanica Gardens is back, and this time he’s ready to help you rehab your containers for a summers-worth of gorgeous blooms.
My philosophy on decorating or accessorizing, whether it’s inside or outside, is to never limit yourself: be creative, and don’t just copy, rather expand on an idea. This golden rule applies even to container gardening. So many of us duplicate what our neighborsÂ do in regards to their potted containers. Why do the same old juniper tree in the center with red geraniums? Spice it up!!!
Garden guru Chris Olsen of Botanica Gardens shares a few tips on creating a serene alternative to a koi fish pond with a low-maintenance turtle pond.
We’ve all seen fish ponds in landscapes. Some of us even have our own raging waterfalls and huge ponds full of big beautiful koi fish. But there are those of us, including myself, that love the gentle sound of water with minimum care. Why not create a unique and low-key water fixture by building a turtle pond instead?
Thatâs just what I did in my own front yard, as it is the only spot that I have about 5 hours of pure sunshine, just what water turtles need.
Simple in design, my turtle pond is round with a six foot diameter. I built the structure out of concrete blocks and capped the exposed sides and top with flagstone. The pond is 30 inches deep so turtles can hibernate in safety and hide from predators. The walls are straight up so they little guys canât escape.
For a decorative touch, I created a sun dial design with large cut flagstone.Â I even have underwater low voltage lights so when guests come to my front door at night they can see my turtles and fantail goldfish.
What I am most excited about is that in just a few weeks my new addition to the turtle pond will be a baby albino red slider turtle. I just canât wait!Â Happy Gardening!
Autumn is my favorite season.Â Â The crisp cool nights, the relief from the summer heat, and the colorful fall foliage just reinvigorates my tired soul. Along with my excitement is a strong desire to add some autumn dÃ©cor to the interior of my home.Â Â I have found as I get older in life, Â just adding a few seasonal touches here and there is all I need to make my home full of autumn bliss.
A few pumpkins and/or gourds sitting in a bowl or layered ever so effortlessly on a table top will give a strong suggestion of fall.Â Even three holiday pumpkin votives in a row sitting on a shelf will make one smile.
Mix and match your pumpkins and gourds with different natural elements such as scented pine cones.Â I even save broken pumpkin stems that I find scattered in a pumpkin patch.Â Placed in a cool container or bowl, these stems make for a great autumn display.
When decorating for fall, Â one word of caution is that sometimes but not always, real pumpkins and gourds can decay before the end of the season.Â So replacements may be necessary and if you are worried about damage to your furniture then just use artificial produce. Fake pumpkins and gourds tend to look like what they areâ¦fake. So add pizzazz by just painting with coffee glaze or any dark stain over each artificial fruit. Apply stain, using downward strokes. Donât forget the stem. Wipe lightly with paper towel to remove excess stain. Allow to dry for 5-6 hours.