Species: Water lilies

 

NYMPHAEA – WATER LILIES

THESE ARE OUR FIRST WATERLILIES FOR THE SEASON

 

Claude Monet’s water lily paintings probably fostered a hope that one day I would have a lily pond in my garden.  However I never imagined that there would be such a variety of water lilies!  A pond adds magic to a garden and this is enhanced by the gorgeous round floating leaves and beautiful blooms.  Each flower lasts around four days with a succession of flowers opening sequentially throughout summer.  Few other plants can match their long flowering season  and variety of colours, from pristine white through peach, yellow, red, magenta,  pink, purple and blue.  Naturally the bees love them!

Water lilies help keep a pond healthy; the shade they provide helps shelter fish and keep the water looking clear by preventing algae from growing.  Algae however is an ongoing problem with water gardens.

Water lilies can also be grown in large containers or tubs.

Hardy water lilies are the first plants of the season. The flowers open in the morning and close after sunset, usually lasting three or four days before sinking back beneath the surface. The flowers appear from spring to autumn and go dormant in the winter.  These rhizomes can be left in the water in winter. 

Tropical water lilies are more striking – they have longer stems, which look even more exotic when in bloom. Their flowers are larger and more prolific.  They also include the night blooming varieties which bloom from mid-afternoon to late morning.   Tropical water lilies need a water temperature above 20°C.  The tubers can / should  be taken out of the water in winter.

Water lilies require a minimum depth of at least 15cm (up to one metre) of water above the growing tip of the plant, as well as six hours of direct sunlight to sustain maximum growth and flowering.  All water lilies go dormant in winter.

Once you have purchased your water lilies it is good practice to pop them into bigger pots.  This will increase the size of both the leaves and the blooms.  Use a good soil mixture which consists of 3 parts sifted garden soil to 1 part well-rotted cow manure.  Add 1/8 cup of bone meal per 5 litres of soil mix.

It is important to feed regularly - they are heavy feeders.  I use an organic fertilizer.  Once a month we make an opening in the side of the pot with a probe and add about one Tablespoon of organic fertilizer.  

 

On 4 December 2020 we have the plants as listed on the website available as well as the following:

  PINK GRAPE FRUIT - PINK

  ATTRACTION - DEEP RED

  HERMINE - WHITE

  SIOUX - APRICOT

 

Nymphaea - Albatros

Description: Albatross has pure white, star shaped flowers with yellow centres. The blooms have twenty nine or thirty petals and measure 15-20 cm across. This is a very free flowering water lily.

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Nymphaea - Almost Black

Description: A vigorous water lily with large green pads from 16 to 20 cm in diameter, and dark red flowers which go lighter to the outside. 14 cm flowers.

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Nymphaea - Blue beauty

Description: A tropical waterlily with floating lily pads and fragrant sky blue flowers with yellow stamens. 20cm blooms. Fabuolous performer.

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Nymphaea - Clyde Ikins

Description: An medium sized waterlily with green pads red leaves and large petalled 12cm yellowy apricot flowers. Blooms well.

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Nymphaea - Georgia peach

Description: Large leaves with feint mottling. Peach blossoms that stand above the water's surface.

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Nymphaea - Lemon Chiffon

Description: Medium sized water lily with 12cm pale yellow flowers.

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Nymphaea - Leoné

Description: Very NEW medium sized waterlily with dark green pads and scented single pink flowers. Thrilled that this Aquaflora hybrid was named after me.

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Nymphaea - Madame Wilfred Gonnere

Description: A water lily with peony type double rich pink petals.

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Nymphaea - Pink beauty

Description: Attractive green foliage with large scented semi double cup shaped pink blooms.

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Nymphaea - Pink Grapefruit

Description: A large, 15cm peachy-pink blossom that stands above the water's surface. Pink Grapefruit is free flowering and highly scented.

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Nymphaea - Pink Sensation

Description: Attractive green foliage with scented cup shaped silvery pink blooms. Free flowering with blooms above the waterline.

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Nymphaea - Rembrandt

Description: A hardy waterlily with large floating lily pads and semi double dark pink flowers.

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Nymphaea lotus hybird

Common name: Night flowering pink water lily

Description: Large multi-petaled pink waterlily with large maroon leaves.
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