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Old 05-29-2011, 07:33 PM
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My little water garden:)


Well I did this real simple, took my tub and made a little water garden. I have water iris, water hyacinth and my little lotus. So far everything is doing really well considering it has not been to warm at night here yet..mostly in the low to mid 40 for over a week now. Hope it warms up soon. The little leaf in the second pic is from my tiny lotus, its so cute. I dont remember what the stuff floating on top is called the lady at the nursery gave it to me when I traded her one of my sprouted lotus for the water hyacinth. I think it is looking nice though, cant wait to see blooms this summer.



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Old 05-29-2011, 08:01 PM
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Thats pretty cool! More plants to play with!!!!!! Good thinkin girl!!!!!!
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Old 05-29-2011, 08:25 PM
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Very cool looking Mary - Nice to have something wet to look at during the hot weather. Way to go.
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Old 05-29-2011, 08:36 PM
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another idea


Another idea is to put your old toliet out and fill up with water an plants like Bali did, but my Honey said NO for that. Bali lives in the woods though so know one see her!
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Old 05-29-2011, 08:53 PM
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looks very healthy. I love water hyacinth but unfortunately my pond is way to shady. may have to borrow your idea and find a sunny spot for a small barrel... I believe the stuff floating is called fairy moss.. I could be wrong though
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Old 05-29-2011, 09:10 PM
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Your tiny floating plant is definitely one of the Azolla ferns. They are known as fairy moss or mosquito ferns. You will likely be scooping the excess out and composting it.
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Old 05-29-2011, 09:26 PM
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Thank you everyone I am having fun with this tiny water garden and its small enough I can clean it out during the summer as needed and give fresh water once a week also.

I was thinking of putting some goldfish in there also, not sure yet. I really like the fairy moss. Yes i was told it would grow fast, that is ok I can give it away when I get to much or trade it off. I rarely throw a plant in my compost, there is always some one who would like it. My water iris should be yellow, I would like to get the blue one also. Is there other SMALL water plants that would be nice for my little tub?
My little water garden will get about half day sun then bright shade in the heat of the afternoon so hoping it works well for the plants.
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Old 05-30-2011, 04:26 PM
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That is so neat! I'm chomping at the bit for my lotus to make rhizomes so I can put them in a bigger tub .. might be knocking on your door for some of that fairy moss!
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How cool!
I also have two tubs with waterlilies... I had to move them away from complete sun cause it was in the cows' way. They always stop to drink and I hate that!
Not they are in a a-little shady place!
Hope they still bloom...
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Love the little water ferns. The water hyacinth will spread quickly, you will have to get a bigger pond! I would also go to the pet store and get 2 or 3 feeder gold fish to keep the mosquitoes at bay.
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how nice RR!! goldfish grow big.... get minnows or rosies

how will you overwinter your water garden?
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Old 05-31-2011, 09:24 AM
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Thank you so much everyone, this is the first time I have done this so I am excited to see it bloom this summer.

I will get some fish for it, I do want to keep the miquitos down for sure.
GT, I am not sure how i will overwinter some of it. The hyacinth I will have to bring in the house and the lotus. The iris can stay out there all winter, this I know because I left it out there all last winter and it grew so much over the winter even in the freezing weather that it broke the glass jar I had it in.
I will have to do some searching and inquiring when it comes time to bring the delicate ones in the house. I am really surprised the lotus is growing as well as it is since our night temps are still in the 40s here and our day temps have not been out of the 60s lately with lots of rain.
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:19 AM
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Mary, Creeping Jenny will grow nicely in your little pond.
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:25 AM
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A beta? can they handle the cool temps we have right now and the much hotter temps in summer?
I will look into creeping jenny...I would like to find a marsh mallow(water marigold) also.
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:26 AM
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I removed my suggestion about a Betta--I forgot where you live. You're right, it might well be too cool.
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