We live on the oceanfront in Cocoa Beach, Florida, with the Banana
River close by and a lot of water in our garden. This keeps us
warmer in winter and cooler in summer than our neighbors just
a few blocks away. Even in the dead of winter, we experience
only a few days here when it's not nice enough to get out and
work in the garden!
N. 'RSVP' x N. ampla
N. 'Amethyst Splash'
N. ampla x N. capensis
N. 'Wood's Blue
N. ampla x N. colorata
At this time of year that we swear we will only grow waterlilies
that keep going year round! On a dreary, chilly, blustery
February day, after 36 hours of pelting rain, we took all the
pictures on this page. Nymphaea ampla and its hybrids
never stop blooming and lose little size from summer. Viviparous
blues, several of the Charles Winch cultivars and some night
bloomers are good performers too. We fertilize every few weeks
right through the winter.
N. 'Tina' and a
^ N. 'Senorita | N. 'Camelot' ^
N. 'Caliente' >
N. ampla x unknown
the summer, we spend most of our time hacking back rampant growth,
tending the Victorias, grooming the 50-something ponds. We find
time in the winter to move forward with new garden projects.
This year, one of those projects is facing a new raised
pond with stone.
For more about this, see the basics of how we do it here -
Building Stone Borders & Walkways Paradise
Top and Face for a Raised Pond
is also one of the times of year that we "turn" our
tropical lilies. N. 'Floyd Wohlfarth' at the right, also
an N. ampla hybrid, is an eight year old plant that lives
in a pond that goes into full shade in the winter. The huge brown
trunk-like rhizome sticking out of the water represents one year's
growth. Each winter, we reorient the crown downward into the
soil and anchor it with rocks. See also -
Repotting Overgrown Tropical Waterlilies
And our fish (top of page) never stop eating!