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New Waterlily & Water Garden Plants 2014 (part 1)

Sorry to say that this blog has suffered as many others due to lack of updates. That aside lets talk about the new wonderful plants we experienced in 2014. This summer we had the new / old pennywort ‘Crystal Ball’. An amazing performer that holds variegation in low nutrition water. In high nutrition you get almost all green leaves. That is a nice way to measure if your pond is dirty and may need removal of excess nutrients.

Variegated pennywort ‘Crystal Ball’ is a medium height around 6″ here in Ohio and spread rapidly around the edge of the pond and along planters covering the edges of pots with tall plants in them.

Next was Variegated Hardy Rush, by far my favorite hardy rush. Yes I have a new favorite annual as well. This medium growing yellow and green rush is striking along the sides of a pond.

Variegated Water Lettuce, yes the theme of 2014 may be year of the Variegated favorites. This plant is very hard to hold its variegation. Again in high nutrient water it will go all green. If you overfeed fish or overstock a pond, just forget it. The growth will be fine but the plant will not show the white/yellow edges. It will be all green.

Nymphaea ‘Siam Marble’ … this new hardy waterlily from Pairait Songpanich was the first of his I have grown and not fallen in love with. The edges of the flower continually look rugged and damaged. I will give it another year to stabilize perhaps.

Nymphaea ‘Manee Red’ another hardy waterlily from Pairat Songpanich, a beautiful deep red. Should be on the market in 2016 in the USA.

Nymphaea ‘Greggs Orange Beauty’, this old nearly forgeotten gem needs to be reintroduced to the market in the USA. Green to Purple spotted pads and orange sunset flowers on this wonderful hardy waterlily.

More in the coming post.

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Bimini Twist, new waterlily. Is there a catch?

Bimini Twist is a new waterlily, purple with hundreds of petals and a nicely mottled leaf from Florida Aquatic. I would love to say it is a near perfect purple which in looks it is, but there is a flaw. Bimini Twist has a short bloom time for  a tropical / annual waterlily. Acting more like a stubborn day bloomer the flowers may not open until 11AM or even noon in partial shade and they close up between 5 and 6 pm. A bit of a tragedy for someone who wont be home during those hours. For a longer bloom time in the purple category consider Ultra Violet, Tanzanite, Director Moore, or Foxfire. Bimini Twist is much less likely to burn that the common King of Siam which is a benefit to its outstanding flower and pad.
All of the Waterlilies mentioned can be purchased at www.PondMegastore.com online and mailed as full grown plants to homes or garden centers.
Bimini Twist 1b
Bimini Twist at Pond Megastore Waterlilies Online

Ultra Violet Water Lily Buy
Ultra Violet Waterlily at www.PondMegastore.com

Foxfire Waterlily
Foxfire Waterlily at Pond Megastore Pond Plants Online

 

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Germany Waterlily Tour 2013 – All international folks invited

This summer Susanne and Mike Muller will be leading a Tour of facilities across Germany. You have some time to sign up and learn about this 9 day fun filled adventure. Make friends and see many hundreds of waterlilies along the trip as well as other incredible stops. Email contact: info@wassergarten.de
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Germany Waterlily Tour 2013 Germany Waterlily Tour 2013 2

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Water Hyacinth, being regulated into Oblivion

Kelly Billing and I have been discussing the threat to the most popular water garden plant for many months so we may not be as happy as our photos appear regarding this subject. Each year now it seems more states are regulating and restricting the sale of the water hyacinth. Understandable in Florida, Coastal Texas fresh
water areas and southern California. A few hard freezes will kill the plants easily. On a mild winter they might survive a few hundred miles north however after a decent winter the supply is totally destroyed.

Nebraska has now restricted them effective January 2013. The states now restricting them include FL, AL, SC, MS, LA, TX, AZ, NE, much of CA by county, AR, and the city of Chicago. Minnesota and Wisconsin are now considering restricting the plant even though experts have misidentified the plant multiple times claiming it survives winters in areas that often reach -20 F when the plant won’t survive a week at 30 degrees (50 degrees warmer).

To add insult to injury the state of Florida recently became close to being able to ship the plant to northern states ending a silly, ‘friendly neighbor law’ prohibiting the spread of the plant which would never naturalize up north. Everything was going fine until the Federal bureaucracy got involved. Now according to colleagues in Florida the National Fish and Wildlife department has threatened to be ready to regulate state-to-state sales of the plants. Fines or worse could be issued to companies selling these plants in any of the 50 states.

If you have suggestions for the industry or can provideanyusefulscientific data you can email Kelly@marylandaquatic.com . You can also ask Kelly to add you to an email distribution newsletter on any developments on this subject.

 

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New Web Stuff

In the past few months we have added 700 waterlilies in total to the new website WaterlilyDatabase.com . Over 1600 photos and over 100 videos.

At the same time we have been working with the International Waterlily Collection in San Angelo Texas and  Austin Texas on a Super World Waterlily Event in conjunction with LilyFest. Details on this will be coming out in a few days and we already have inquiries from all over the USA, China, and Parts of Europe.

This year at the International Waterlily Collection you will find s many new waterlilies we could not possible name them all. Intersubgenetics, over 40 new Mike Giles Waterlilies including Blue and Purple Hardy waterlilies. No display of anything like this has been seen in the public ever before. New waterlilies from Japan, Thailand, and more wonderful hybridizers. Our event will be from Thursday Sept 13th to Sunday September 16th. There will be over 300 waterliliesshown over these 4 days. We hope to have a special presentation with new hybridizer Mike Giles, new hybridizer Tony Moore, World famous Hybridizer Ken C. Landon and much more.

Larry Nau and I have discussed trying to get to Germany for their “Thai Waterlilies in Germany” festival this Summer. This month Larry also Relaunched his own watergarden nursery website BergenWatergardens.com the premier water garden, koi, and pond resource in western New York State just outside Rochester.

 

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Pond Plants and Water Lilies

This week more Pond Plants and water lilies are available for sale at Pond Megastore Nursery. Please be sure and check out the sponsor. Pond Plants are sold both retail and wholesale to all 50 states. Water Hyacinths are also now available.

 

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What we did this winter…

Though it looks like the blog has been away all winter we have been actively loading new content to the web since August 2011. Larry Nau, Tim Davis, Zac deGarmeaux and a few select other wonderful waterlily lovers have launched the first phase of a new waterlily organization. World Waterlily And Lotus Association (WWALA).

The first tool for the internet we are in the process of building is WaterlilyDatabase.com  a search-able online tool of waterlilies from around the world. Reaching out to international friends first like Primlarpwe have an extensive list in English now of most Thai waterlilies with photos and some with video. Séverine Lyssens-Danneboom is helping organize the German, Belgium, and other European waterlilies.

We also have many waterlilies from China and Belgium of all places. We do have plenty of other waterlilies from North America and Europe as well as species. 650 plants to start with and over 1400 photos. We also feature articles on hybridizers and gardens from around the world.

It is a true work of love as everyone is donating time to the project, over 30 contributors from around the world on 6 continents to date! This database search can also be added to empty webpages on your site!

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Prevent Fish Death over winter with a Deicer

Deicers let toxic gases escape the from under the ice by causing a hole in the ice. The pond can then get enough fresh oxygen to keep larger koi and goldfish alive that may otherwise suffocate.

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Nymphaea Hidden Violet, from Randy McDonald

Nymphaea Hidden Violet. Properly N. ‘Hidden Violet’, is a newer hardy waterlily released by Randy McDonald.

Originally a seedling of N. ‘Attraction’, from Perry Slocum, Perry sold about 100 seedlings to Brad McLane around the year 2000. Brad in turn sold many of the seedlings to Randy during a time there was a slight shortage of Attraction. According to Randy this is when he grew out and found N. ‘Hidden Violet’. I was anxious to try one of these nifty red hardy lilies. The name Hidden Violet refers to the sheen on the plant when it is held up to the light you see a sheen of violet around the edge of the flowers.

The petal count is low but the unique star flower is interesting. After growing these plants for the past few summers and also seeing it on display in San Angelo I would call this a not so good bloomer. I usually had one bloom per day this summer in multiple pots with multiple crowns. Also for some reason the rhizomes do not seem to enjoy being transplanted like other hardy lilies. I am not sure this is an excellent choice for a market lily however it is unique and something new and fun I enjoyed trying the past few years.

Randy McDonald is an incredible waterlily Hybridizer from California and has an extensive hybrid stock we will dive into soon, many of which are interesting heavy blooming tropical plants.

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Texas Dawn dedication as the State Waterlily of Texas

Three weeks ago our friends Ken Landon and Tim Davis put on the 7th annual Lilyfest celebration with over 240 waterlilies in Civic League Park in San Angelo. This year three new waterlilies were dedicated and the 1980s favorite Texas Dawn made by Ken Landon was honored as recently becoming the state waterlily of Texas. Representative Drew Darby attended again this year and brought the proclamation to the Park.

Texas Dawn has been an incredible waterlily for nearly 30 years, the wonderful yellow flowers on this hardy lily are held high above the water and blooms in profusion. Hybridizers also enjoy working with the cultivar by Ken Landon. Here are some videos from Ken Landon, Drew Darby, and Tim Davis.

Ken Landon

Drew Darby

Tim Davis

Texas Dawn waterlilies are available for purchase here.

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