Water Gardens Catalog Showcases Water Lilies

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This week I received the 2010 catalog from Lilypons Water Gardens, a water gardening supplier in Adamstown, Maryland. The catalog is useful, informative and nice to look at. The company byline says it all —

The Source for Water Gardening Since 1917

These guys are into water gardening! I remember lots of ponds, water lilies and potted plants when visiting the their water garden center over 20 years ago. Nice day.

Photos of water lilies in the 2010 Lilypons catalog are enlarged to show just the blossom and large enough to really see the blossom. Photos include closeups of —

  • hardy water lilies
  • tropical water lilies
  • lotus
  • iris
  • bog plants
  • tropical bogs
  • goldfish and koi

The rest of the catalog serves to dish out planting supplies, pond filters and pumps, tools, liners and cleaners.

Pay attention to the headers and footnotes on the water lily pages, where the hardiness and care requirements are listed for each page. This information could be better placed right in the Plant Guide that details the spread and lighting requirements for each plant. At any rate all the information is there if you’re not too sure about planting water lilies in your pond.

Tea time pleasure with licorice root, ginseng, mint, catnip

Tea time is a regular afternoon happening in the UK. Of course, tea at breakfast is quite ordinary for many people, but I do prefer coffee in the morning hours. A dark cup of Columbian roast is sitting right next to me now.

Lately, I’ve been drinking a cup or two of tea in the late afternoon right around the time I venture to the kitchen looking for a snack. A lot of the time the tea is the snack, so it’s probably a good thing to substitute an herbal tea for some kind of carbohydrate-laden quick snack. As the all-knowing “they” say, moderation is the key.

In the kitchen there is a drawer with all kinds of tea and other powdered drinks like cappuccino, cocoas, and coffees. I rummaged through there the other day and found an old tattered box that I was going to toss in the garbage. I checked the contents and found some odor to the tea bags, so I made a cup. I was very pleasantly surprised! I don’t know why the tea wasn’t tasting stale because I know that box had been hiding in the back of the drawer for a long time – years!

Tension Tamer Tea
Tension Tamer Tea

I’m not sure what the princess riding the dragon is supposed to represent, but she is holding a cup of tea. Perhaps she is calming the beast?

Previously, I hadn’t tried too many herbal teas and remember not liking chamomile tea – but that was a long time ago. I’m not sure why I even tried this Tension Tamer tea, but I’m glad I did. It renewed the hunt for teas to enjoy! Check out this ingredient list –

Tension Tamer Tea Ingredients
Tension Tamer Tea Ingredients

  • eleuthero ginseng root
  • peppermint leaves
  • cinnamon
  • ginger root
  • chamomile flowers
  • lemon grass
  • licorice root
  • catnip leaves
  • tilia flowers
  • natural lemon flavor
  • hops
  • vitamins B6 and B12 (20% Daily Value in one teabag)

I know I enjoyed the licorice root in this tea, but were the other ingredients really “there” after being in the box for so long? What about the ginseng and other stuff? I’ll have to find this tea in the market and try it again. Until then I’ll have to find out what other teas might be lurking in that kitchen drawer.

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