From the Nashville Lawn and Garden Show 2011

I think it's important for anyone interested in gardening to visit the local garden shows every now and then. Nashville's Lawn and Garden Show was this past weekend and I stopped up to pay a visit. Overall it was a nice show but I have to say I wasn't as impressed with it as I was last year. The display gardens of last year seemed more creative and unique while the vendor selection was a little better. Most likely it's because of our current lackluster economy. Despite that fact there were still a few things that I found worthy of mentioning - and a for taking a few pictures! The Gardens of Babylon had this demonstration garden set up for aquaponics. Aquaponics is a growing system that uses fish and plants together to sustain each other. The fish water feeds the plants which helps them to grow. Espalier displays could…

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The Tennessee Flood of 2010 Part 1

As I’m sure you are aware by now (especially if you’re in Tennessee) that we have experienced record levels of rainfall with subsequent flooding this past weekend. Unfortunately our internet connection has been down until now and this is the first opportunity I’ve had to post since Friday. Things could have been worse – much worse. I want to say before I start this post that we are very lucky. Our home is situated partway up a very large hill and our house is in very little danger of ever flooding. Let’s just say that if my house flooded TN would be in big trouble. That being said our yard can’t handle 8 inches of rain in two days – it drains – just not fast enough. The backyard became a mess.  Our issues don’t even begin to compare to the issues those people further north and west of us…

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Keeping and Growing Water Lilies

Water gardening is a subject that I have very little knowledge of but thought many readers might enjoy learning about so I asked Mark Best of Garden Pond Advice to write a guest post on water plants. Water gardening is not a new subject but it is becoming increasingly popular in the everyday backyard garden. I hope you enjoying reading Mark's information about water lilies! ~ Dave Water lilies, (Nymphaea) have been engaging the imaginations of people for thousands of years. They originate in the dark mud of a pond or lake and rise to exquisite blossoms with beautiful colours for several days before receding back into the depths. In centuries past, they were only seen in palaces and botanical gardens but today you can have their glory in your own back garden. They come in two types, hardy water lilies and tropical water lilies. Hardy water lilies have been…

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When it Rains it…

Pours, and pours, and pours, and pours, and pours to a total of 6 inches of rain within 48 hours. And there is more to come! I have never seen this much rain in such a short period of time since we moved to this house.  During one period within 45 minutes we received more than 2 inches of rain. Way too much rain to come at once. I like the rain spread out over multiple days to eventually reach the same amount, definitely not a deluge. At one point I was beginning to consider building an ark. What made the flooding worse was that the ground was already completely saturated from several days of intermittent rain. So how bad is it? Take a look at our own personal monsoon. Here's where the flooding of our yard began, in the street. The rain follows a drain pipe into our neighbor's…

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