One of my dad’s favorite sayings was, “She’s a day late and a dollar short.” Having been a dollar short all my life, I can now add “a day late” to my many shortcomings. To all of you who live and breathe GFTGU, my sincerest apologies. Since I suspect that number is pretty close to zero, I’m already kicking myself for mentioning the tardiness of this post at all.
|Seen any of these guys lately?|
|A birdbath with a solar bubbler|
does double duty, providing
water for wildlife and sound
|This is not a good source of power|
for your water feature's pump
|Koi add color and movement|
to a pond, but also more work
|Ponds mean wildlife:|
a mallard laid her eggs in this pot
in the float we put on a client's pond
(and an otter ate them)
|This example is a little over the top,|
but demonstrates the beauty
of low-voltage lighting
|A dumb-looking waterfall|
|A non-dumb-looking waterfall|
|Features with small reservoirs|
are prone to pump burn-out
My best advice? Start small. Try a birdbath, a few lilies in a water-proof container on your deck, or a small fountain, just to get your feet wet (so to speak) before plunging into a larger commitment. Personally, I haven’t progressed beyond the birdbath stage. A bigger water feature means more work, which is something I’m not anxious to sign up for. If I want the sound of water in my garden, I pop outside and take a shower.
An astronomical fact of interest: on July 4th, Earth reached its aphelion with the sun, putting a distance of about 94.5 million miles between the orbs, measured center to center. (Didn’t cool us down any that I noticed.) Not to worry—Sky-Guy says we started inching back immediately, and will cozy up to perihelion on January 4, 2012. (Probably won’t warm us up any either.)
Thanks for dropping by.