Gladstonia (which we bought purely because of the name) that lives
in the bottom pond. It is pretty vigorous and is now putting up two or
three flowers each day.
I moved the
pink lily into the bottom pond -- I am running out of space. So far (June
2001) it has put up one mondo flower. The curious effect in the background
is a reflection of the net that covers the pond (to keep out the herons).
This flower is much more impressive than the other two lillies --
maybe my cost cutting has caught up with me!
This is the generic
red lily that came from Home Depot. It works, but the flowers are nothing
like the glories of the pink one. I may have to do some upgrading -- though
I would be rather disheartened to throw out a perfectly good plant.
Because I am cheap, I buy plants
at the end-of-season sales. This came from Russells Garden Center, and was
originally quite expensive. It worked quite well, but I really don't have
enough room to let it grow as much as it wants. It lives in the top pond,
and as such, gets infested with aphids. This year (2002), I'm not feeding the
top pond fish in an effort to encourage them to eat the bugs. After two months,
it seems to be working, though I feel a little guilty about their slow rate of growth.
The yellow flag iris bloomed for the first time this year. I bought it in the spring of 2000, but it never flowered. I split it into three plants, and each of them is doing really well. In fact, I have already split one of the these again and given one plant to a fellow ponder across the street who is just starting up.
I guess that they are pretty hardy and difficult to kill!
The cattail is
doing explosively well. It has grown from one rather measly-looking plant
in 2000 to three pots full in 2001. Also it is blooming. The problem is
that it keeps blowing over in the wind. I tried putting rocks in the bottom
of the pots, but it is so tall (maybe five feet) that the wind just knocks
it straight over. Have you any suggestions?
The water hyacinths are growing like anything this year. They are even blooming -- something
that I have not achieved before. Maybe I throw them out too quickly.
The lotus has put
up a bunch of aerial leaves, but no flowers as of yet. Last year it never
flowered, but it did stick a root out of it's pot and into another pot.
That new pot has got five surface leaves growing out of it. I'm hopeful
that it may turn into a real, working, lotus this year. Time will tell.
I got one flower in 2002. It put up three buds, but only one turned into a real flower. Unfortunately we went on vacation on the day that it came out. A heavy rainstorm then knocked the
petals off (according to a neighbor who was taking care of the fish).
The dwarf bamboo didn't do much last year -- maybe it will do more
this year -- although I'm not sure what it is supposed to do! The foliage
is nice and green, but I am hoping for more.
I visited the New England Wildflower Society's annual plant sale at the Garden in the Woods this year. I picked up several bog plants that I have since planted in pots, but kept the soil surface out of the water.
Other plants include: arrowhead plant, some zebra rush, thalia dealbata, butomus umbellatus, horse tail?, chameleon plant, and some water celery.
There is an assortment of some floating stuff -- Azola (in the middle) and some other stuff that I haven't identified.
Some of these plants came from Hardwicke
Gardens in Westboro on Route 9. They seem friendly and knowledgeable,
and they specialize in water plants.