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Autumn Blues October 6, 2010

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This is a long gardening post. Prepare to be bored to shreds, after the jump.

Pond Negative

I came to the conclusion the other day that I’m not really a gardener. I’m a plant collector.

I grew some grand lotuses in large tubs in the front yard. This bloom was seven feet in the air.

Rosea Plena Lotus

Tropical waterlilies are the lovely plants, and thrive in large ponds down South where they are hardy.  Their leaves and flowers get absolutely huge. Fortunately, merely confining them to small pots and small tubs effectively miniaturizes them for the insane Northeastern plant collector.

Tropical lily tub

Closeups of these beauties, I grew two varieties:

pretty lilypads

blue tropical lily

I have to grow them out front because its too cool and shady in the backyard for them. They can be brought indoors in little tupperware containers for the winter, making special care to keep any dormant tubers they may have produced, which will provide many new plants in Spring.

I’m not taking these back in this year. Whatever is left in their pots will be composted.

Most of the activity this month concerns taking cuttings and saving things from the cold, and bringing things indoors for the Winter.

I’m getting better about throwing away plants. My house just can’t be an arboreum all friggin Winter anymore.

(Except for the orange trees, some begonias, a camellia somebody gave me, those coleus cuttings I took, the pretty red thing I don’t know the name of, my favorite taros, and a few other special pets.)

This mess is in my back porch. Yes, that leaf really is that big- about twenty inches long. I was going to let these all die off. But of course there was this conversation with one of my store customers, and he wants me to save him some sprouts, especially off the black taro. So I’m going to trim him up a few pieces. Because I’m nice.

Nice always involves extra work.

Here’s a couple of the hardy waterlilies that live in the backyard pond now- mousing over the pic will show the cultivar name:

Barbara Dobbins

There’s seven varieties of them in that little pond, ranging from minis with lilypads and blooms the size of quarters, to Barbara Dobbins up there, who has pads fourteen inches across and flowers eight inches in diameter. I’m thinking of composting her, too. She’s a hog.

Autumn is the season of death, after all. The blue tropical lily pot this morning has one leaf in it.

This morning when I was walking around the yard, several Monarch butterflies passed me, all headed due South into the wind.

Another birthday in the garden, another year in the can.

Comments»

1. kevlarchick - October 15, 2006

Happy birthday. Lovely pics.

Funny how you refer to many of your plants as “she.” I do too. Silly girls.

2. BrewFan - October 15, 2006

Autumn is the season of death

Perhaps. But hope springs eternal, awaiting, as the poet said, “to chance some spring awakening”.

3. lauraw - October 15, 2006

That was clumsy of me…its not actually my birthday. That was back in June.

4. lauraw - October 15, 2006

groann

Yes,indeed, some things will never die.

5. Michael - October 15, 2006

Thanks for the pics!

6. Muslihoon - October 15, 2006

They’re so pretty. Thanks!

7. compos mentis - October 16, 2006

Brew beat me to it. Beautiful flowers lw. Live plants are a lot of work, especially indoors, but they sure do beautify a home.

8. lauraw - October 16, 2006

Thanks. Its my therapy.

9. Bing Crosby - October 16, 2006

I’m dreaming of a light, Christmas,
with every shipment that I pack.
Where the loads aren’t heavy,
demand is steady,
with no, anxiety attacks.

I’m dreaming of a light, Christmas,
one where my family understands,
grab your own goddam drumstick, to-nite!
Oh dear God please let Christmas, be light.

10. Lipstick - October 16, 2006

Beautiful flowers!

I’m tempted to try to grow the big Rosea Plena Lotus

After a year of general home improvment projects, in the Spring I’m going to turn to outdoor beautification. I can feel it!

Thanks for the inspiration.

11. lauraw - October 16, 2006

I’m going to try to divide both the lotuses this spring. Let me know if you want a couple tubers.

12. Retired Geezer - October 16, 2006

So is there a place near by that could ship them for you?

13. Lipstick - October 16, 2006

Are you kidding lauraw? I would love it – that’s so generous of you!

14. skinbad - October 16, 2006

Tubers and Goobers would have been a good name for this blog comment thingie.

15. lauraw - October 16, 2006

Sure thing!

Will probably ship in March or April, if I can find a place that does that sort of thing.

16. Lipstick - October 16, 2006

Thank you!

Yipee!

17. Retired Geezer - October 16, 2006

Hey, any Tuber references must be approved by me.

18. lauraw - October 16, 2006

Lipstick, aren’t you in Vegas?

The lotus will live all year long for you in the ground if you line a hole with plastic and create an artificial bog.

Otherwise you can do the tub thing like me, but because of the arid conditions, nestle the bottom of the tub partway into the dirt to cool the bottom and slow down evaporation.

It would all be so much easier of course, if you would just build a little pond.

(eerie, jangly music)

19. Dave in Texas - October 16, 2006

*gasp* the pale apparition! there, in the pond, slowly rising!

AIYEEE!!!

20. Lipstick - October 16, 2006

ooo, we could build a little pond among the palm trees. There’s room. Yes, we’re in Vegas.

Would it need any sort of filtration or can we just dig a hole, line it and keep it full of water?

21. lauraw - October 16, 2006

Some people go without filtration, it does limit the kind of fish. If the area is small, a siamese fighting fish may be able to do all the insect-eating for you.
Otherwise, at least some disposable rosy-reds (minnows) or mosquito fish may be called for, and in that case you’d want at least a small pump to bubble the water.

Honestly, I don’t know a lot about warm-climate ponding. I’m sure there are nurseries near you that know a lot.

There’s a terrific chat group online of people all over the country, which I have found indispensable for info. and also for trading plants and growing my stock without spending hardly anything more than postage.
(waterlilies and lotuses are expensive at the nurseries)

I’ll dig that site up for you tomorrow, they moved and I haven’t bookmarked it.

Goodnight sugar bumps.

22. Retired Geezer - October 17, 2006

We have kept little goldfish from Wal*Mart in our horse watering troughs for about 3 years. (To eat mosquito larvae). As long as we kept the water from freezing, they did fine. A couple of them have grown from 1/2″ to over 4″. We installed a plastic pre-formed pool in the ground this summer. It has a pump that shoots the water up in the air a couple of inches, it also has a sponge-type filter. I am going to put a tank heater in it but I don’t think I need to as long as the water is circulating… could be wrong though.

Lipstick, your biggest problem in Vegas, is going to be heat. You should put the pond somewhere it is shaded. You’ll have to put chemicals in it to keep it clear also.
There are special chemicals that won’t hurt the fish.
Just buy a bunch of 10 for a dollar fish at Walmart, to see how it works out.

23. Lipstick - October 17, 2006

Hmmm. Not sure about getting fish.

24. lauraw - October 17, 2006

You do NOT need chemicals to keep a pond clear. Don’t make a frickin’ maniac outta me.

25. lauraw - October 17, 2006

If you don’t want fish, you may actually fare better with a bog garden than a pond.

26. lauraw - October 17, 2006

Lotuses are muck plants, they will do fine in a tub of loose mud, they don’t actually need to be *underwater* like waterlilies do.

27. Lipstick - October 17, 2006

A bog sounds more up my alley.

I’ve got an area shaded by three palm trees and can drop a tub in there.

28. daveintexas - October 7, 2010

this time warp thing, it’s cool.

except for how it reminds me I kill pretty plants.

shit. I’m Dr. Death.

29. lauraw - October 7, 2010

I don’t really care about gardening anymore, and he centered the pics.

It’s just wrong, the whole thing, from start to finish…

30. lauraw - October 7, 2010

…although that negative shot I took of my pond is still pretty cool…

31. lauraw - October 7, 2010

And just this past weekend, I noticed two Monarch Butterflies, flying due South again.

I’m long used to seeing birds gather and migrate from here, it’s just funny to see bugs do it too.

32. daveintexas - October 7, 2010

a butterfly landed on my white dress shirt sleeve this afternoon, while I stepped out to have a smoke.

I did not nudge it with the lit tip of my Marlboro Light.

No.

(I considered it)

33. Retired Geezer - October 7, 2010

a butterfly landed on my white dress shirt sleeve this afternoon,

FIFY

34. Cathy - October 8, 2010

The time warp thing is great.

This one’s brand new for me.

…and he centered the pics. It’s just wrong, the whole thing, from start to finish…

Is Mister CenterMcPictureFussy gettin’ on your nerves?

35. Nan G - October 10, 2010

I’m so jealous!
You can see water lilies daily.
And you take perfect photos, too!

I always loved water lilies.
They are so calming.
Just gazing at them is almost like everything else stops.
I was at San Jaun Capistrano Mission last week.
They have a few water lily ponds/pools.
Absolutely lovely.
Just re-name your ”back porch” your ”potting shed” and give in to the plants.


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