Water Lily

Wasn't sure whether to put this in here or 'Plants'. Anyway,my Dad bless him bought us a water lily yesterday - Nymphaea 'Marliacea Chromatella'. A lovely yellow flower,though it does get to 1 metre plus in diameter. Our pond is about 2.5 metres by 1.5 so might have to trim some leaves next year if it threatens to overpower the other plants. At the moment its very small.

The other plants I have are oxygenator elodea crispa,scirpus cernuus 'fibre-optic grass' and caltha palustris 'marsh marigold' - all courtesy of our Lyn bless her.

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  • I have grown the same water lilly Fishy..........it does get pretty big after 2 or 3 years but a beautiful colourimage

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 14,574

    Who'a lucky boy then? Sounds lovely, i cant wait for all us newbys to ponds showing photo's when they become a bit established.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 26,749

    Lyn  - that's Fishy laying down the gauntlet now with a water lily. We''l have  to 'up our game' I think imageimage

    What a lovely present Fishy. image

    Philippa - do you think Fishy could keep it a bit smaller by simply having it in a smaller container for longer - like you could do with standard garden plants?

    The marsh marigolds get quite big and spread around a bit but they're quite easy to keep in check. Lovely burst of colour in spring. We had tons at last house as the  bunnies didn't eat them. There were lots in the surrounding edges of the pond, so we just mowed them when we cut the grass!

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,218

    Oh yes Fairygirl,I've set the bar pretty high now image My Dad bless him,he'll be 85 in a couple of weeks and insisted on buying something. I must admit I'm concerned the lily might get too big. Though I grew up with a pond in the garden where I used to live and seem to remember we just cut the pads back.

    Lyn - I know which side my bread's buttered. Oh and I've got four tenants now....3 water boatman and a black water beetle image

    Philippa -  what size pond do you have,if that's ok to ask?

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 14,574

    Fairygirl, do you keep the marsh marigold in a pot or does it free float?

    I had a dead black beetle and 2 dead bees, does that count as wildlife?!!

    However, I had the most beautiful really bright green dragonfly flitting around on the stones, please dont tell me they are the most common type image

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,218

    Lyn - its possible your dragonfly was laying eggs. In which case your pond will have dragonfly larvae in it. They can be in your pond for a long time as nymphs, three or four years maybe before leaving the water to become an adult dragonfly.

    The dead insects play an important role,they are food for micro-organisms and scavenging water insects image

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 26,749

    It's more of a pondside plant Lyn, but happy in quite wet conditions so ideal for boggy bits, and it will grow in shallows too. We had a rill connecting the ponds and it grew in there.

    I get very sad when I see a dead bee image

    Not sure if that's a common one Lyn. I think they're regional too - like birds and butterflies. We used to get loads of damsel flies and black and yellow dragonflies. We had a smaller pond near the big one, and we'd bought some young koi which we kept in there so we netted the pond. I had to help the emerging dragonflies out sometimes if they couldn't find the gaps in the net! image

    Aren't they just the most beautiful creatures - even if the nymphs are rather horrible and vicious!

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 14,574

    Thank you both for info on the plant and dragonfly. I didnt know they took a long time like that, theres something to wait for, I have seen them on tv,come out and hang on the reeds then e

    merge, beautiful.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Fishy...........the pond I had the Chromatella in was approx. 12 mts. by 6 mts. and had a max.depth of 1.5 mts.  I had 2 of the above and 1 other of which I cannot now recall the name.

    FGirl...........in my experience, the size of planter does not make much difference in the end as vigorous Lillies will send their roots/shoots through the sides and over the top.

    Cutting the pads off (unless gone over ) rather defeats the object and won't alter the vigour of the plant.  Much better to get one that suits the size of pond and won't take over altho I realise in Fishy's case, it was a present from his Dad.image

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 26,749

    Good point philippa image Pond containers aren't solid like ordinary garden ones. I should have thought of that....image

    Right Fishy - you'll just have to make that pond bigger love! image

    Taller, upright plants are needed for dragonflies for exactly that reason Lyn. A few flag iris or dwarf bullrushes will do the job. That pond I mentioned had been so neglected it didn't look like a pond was there. Once we cleared all the debris, there was only a clump of flag iris in it. We added a couple of things, but the dragonflies were using that fro their ladder quite happily image I had a clump of Equisetum in a previous pond which was great for them. Not invasive like it's relation - horsetail!

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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