Upper Ponds
Upper ponds - from bedroom window (June 1997) The 'upper ponds' - viewed from our bedroom window.

This photograph shows the new, larger, middle pond that I installed in 1995. The original, smaller, pond is shown in the older photographs below.

This new 'middle pond' is a moulded fibre-glass unit, 2' deep and holds 500 gallons. The old one was also fibre-glass, 2' deep and of a similar shape, but held only 300 gallons.

(June 1997)

Middle and top pond - from garden (August 1989)A closer view, and of the 'old' middle pond (August 1989). 

For 'water lily' buffs: In this pond I grow the American bred lily - Rose Arey - this produces gorgeous, rich luminous-pink, blooms. Sadly it is another variety whose flower production rate is limited by our relatively cool, sunless summers. I also grow the rich crimson Frobeli - most authorities will tell you this is the best 'red' lily for a small pond; however, I have never been keen on its small 'cup shaped' flowers - to me they never look as if they've opened up properly. Over the last few years, I've grown, along side it, the similar Laydekeri Fulgens. The flower colour is almost identical, but the blooms open wider, and I feel look much more showy. It is also proving to be extremely free flowering - even more so than the reliable Frobeli: I am very pleased with it and when it becomes more established I will discard Frobeli, and let Fulgens take its place.

Later Addition:

This photograph was taken in the summer of 1997 and shows the Water Lily Laydekeri Fulgens giving a typical display of blooms which it maintains almost constantly throughout the summer. On one occasion I counted fifteen flowers in full glorious bloom: the effect was stunning.

Laydekeri Fulgens

Upper ponds - from top of garden (1990) This upper pond is formed from two separate fibre-glass units. I cut a hole in the side of each, and, using some fibre-glassing material, moulded the two together. It is 18" deep and holds approximately 220 gallons.


'Top pond' & waterfall  (August 1989)My 'top pond' viewed from a different angle. The waterfall shown here is made from two moulded fibre-glass units: however, since this photograph was taken I've re-constructed it using natural rock bedded in mortar and underlined with a rubber liner - it looks much more natural now. 

For 'water lily' buffs: The distant lily is the ever reliable, abundant flowering, red miniature Pygmea Rubra - the most persistent flowering water lily I've ever grown. In the middle is the smallest water lily in existence - the miniature yellow Pygmea Helvola - also a persistent, reliable flower producer. The only criticism I have of this plant is that it is so small its pads can tend to look a bit 'scrappy'. In the foreground is the unusual, colour changing Aurora. Its flower is often described as opening yellow, turning orange on the second day, then finishing red on the third. Here's a more accurate description: it opens a pale creamy yellow with a slight pink flush at the base of the petals; the 'pink flush' spreads up the bloom creating a pinky-orange effect, and ultimately intensifies to give the bloom a deep pinky-orangy-red colour - very aptly named. Unfortunately, this lily produces very few blooms for me: like Indiana in my bottom pond, it was bred from a semi-tropical variety and consequently needs a warmer climate than we have in Britain to flower well, which is a pity as it makes a lovely contrast to the other lilies.

Water lillies - 'P.Rubra' & 'P.Helvola' (July 1991) My favourite water lily - the miniature red Pygmea Rubra - it blooms continuously all summer long. Just above it, drifting into view, is one of the blooms of the miniature yellow Pygmea Helvola (the smallest water lily in existence). I used to grow the miniature white Pygmea Alba in this pond, but was never keen on its 'scrappy' little white flowers.

(July 1991)

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