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Just go with the flow, man
Andrea Bellamy |



I saw this display by Aquascape at the CanWest Hort Show a couple weeks ago, and I couldn’t help but wonder whether how they came up with this idea. I have no idea how liberal the folks at Aquascape are, but in my head I imagined a bunch of guys sitting around brainstorming for the upcoming show, the theme of which was “West Coast Style,” sampling a bit of that West Coast weed and coming up with this. I’m right, aren’t I?

Das fish loft


FishLoft is a free-standing, water-filled acrylic column for your fish pond. Like the fish equivilent of a hamster tunnel, the German-designed FishLoft allows your fish to voluntarily rise above the water level. Looks a little small for our koi, but these goldfish sure are living it up.


They’re all like, “Hey Lloyd, fancy seeing you up here.”

“I just love this high-rise thing, Bert. You can see for metres.”

Check out how it works here .


Container water gardens

There are three – count ’em – three ponds where I live now (mind you, it’s a half-acre property). I love the ponds. I love the sound of the waterfalls, I love the waterlilies that bloom in the summer, and I really love the koi. Kids get such a kick out of feeding them; some of the bigger guys are so tame, they’ll eat out of your hand!

So, when I become a city girl once again, I’m contemplating the addition of a small water garden. I won’t be able to keep koi, but I look forward to growing some water plants. Unfortunately, most plants, especially those gorgeous waterlilies, want sunshine – and lots of it. I doubt I’ll get the required six-hours daily to keep them happy.

But I’ve read that there are some water plants that do well in shade and are also small enough for a container water garden, such as floatering water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes), sweet flag (Acorus calamus), water mint (Mentha aquatica), Parrot feather (Myriophyllum aquaticum), and broad-leaved taro (Alocasia or Colocasia spp.) for example.

Oh how I love a gardening challenge!


Solar powered fountain

This solar-powered fountain makes so much sense. Not only is it eco-friendly, it’s also practical. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has faced a lack of electrical outlets in the garden! Not to mention the Problem of Cords.

This particular design isn’t really my style so doesn’t make it to my wish list, but is nevertheless a fabulous invention.

Via Treehugger.


Thomas Hobbs’ garden

Arguably Vancouver’s most famous gardener and garden personality, Thomas Hobbs owns Southlands Nursery and has published two books; The Jewel Box Garden and Shocking Beauty.

I was lucky enough to visit his garden this summer on a Vancouver Hardy Plant Group tour and saw first hand the “jewels” that his latest book describes.

His is not a typical West Coast home by any stretch. Rather, it evokes the sun-baked villas of the Mediterranean, with its adobe-like finishing, tiled terrazzas, and tropical plantings.

Succulents fill pots and bowls, and even sprout from walls and ledges. The colours of the walls and the materials used in the house and garden all serve to enhance the Mediterranean theme.

The pond, here seen from two different angles, lends a Moorish influence and reminds me of the gardens of the Alhambra.

The beauty of it all really is, dare I say, shocking. Hobbs has certainly pushed the envelope here, and it works.