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My first lily of the season.  This is a hardy called Sunfire (Mike Giles).  I love the tropicals but I wouldn't be unhappy with a pond of just these either.

 

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Leopardess.  Got it for the pads.  No blooms yet.  Had a rough start with the tropicals this year.

 

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WANT!!!  Too bad I don't have a large enough tank(and no pond) to handle the monster sized leaves.

Do you dose iron?

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Leopardess. Got it for the pads. No blooms yet. Had a rough start with the tropicals this year.

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WANT!!! Too bad I don't have a large enough tank(and no pond) to handle the monster sized leaves.

Do you dose iron?

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I don't dose anything in the pond. I grow these each spring from tubers I harvested the previous fall in pots filled with clay kitty litter and a dash of laterite. I feed them with pond tabs, basically big aquarium "root tabs".

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Same Rhonda Kay, but today with 4 blooms.  They smell so nice too.

 

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King of Siam with 2 blooms:

 

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Leopardess and Day Glow have buds coming up as do my recently divided and repotted Sunfire.

 

Here are the pads of Day Glow.  The younger pads are redder and then fade to more green tones as they age:

 

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Same Rhonda Kay, but today with 4 blooms.  They smell so nice too.

 

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King of Siam with 2 blooms:

 

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Leopardess and Day Glow have buds coming up as do my recently divided and repotted Sunfire.

 

Here are the pads of Day Glow.  The younger pads are redder and then fade to more green tones as they age:

 

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GORGEOUS!!!!

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Wow! That is my absolute dream pond!  :wub:

 

Please keep posting photos! I love looking at them all. :)

 

I dearly wish we could have a pond in our backyard, but we live in SoCal, in high desert hills, with large flocks of crows who'd probably eat any fish we put outside.

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Thanks all.  The worst thing about the lilies I potted this year is that I started with all day bloomers and I'm missing a lot of the blooms while at work.  The night bloomers I have are large vigorous plants and early this spring I thought it'd be easier to deal with the slightly better behaved day bloomers this season.  Anyway, I do have one night bloomer (I started much later than the others) getting to nearly blooming size now and another little tuber going so not all is lost I guess.

 

Here are some other things around the pond.

 

This is a rain lily.  Only bloom so far.  I was given it last fall and somehow it survived potted in my garage until I got it in the bog this spring.  It's kind of just sitting there so far, I'm hoping it will spread out a little more!

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First blooms of one of my hardy hibiscus.  I love these plants and have 4 cultivars.  This is Pinot Grigio.

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Some kind of chicks and hens that I have growing in the crevices of a boulder.  This one has a pup and I guess is getting ready to bloom too.  That will be the first time it's done that.

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Persian Shield.  Love this colors of this. They usually get about 2 feet tall for me but had a hard start with our cold spring.

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These were dollar store gladiolus bulbs.  I planted them between some iris by the side of my house last year.  I didn't have the time or desire to pull the bulbs last fall but they seem to have mostly survived.  Lucky me!

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And here is a visitor I found peeking in our front window!  I took this with a clip on phone camera macro lens through the window which is why there is that distortion.  I had no intention of getting closer to it!

 

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Thanks all.  The worst thing about the lilies I potted this year is that I started with all day bloomers and I'm missing a lot of the blooms while at work.  The night bloomers I have are large vigorous plants and early this spring I thought it'd be easier to deal with the slightly better behaved day bloomers this season.  Anyway, I do have one night bloomer (I started much later than the others) getting to nearly blooming size now and another little tuber going so not all is lost I guess.

 

Here are some other things around the pond.

 

This is a rain lily.  Only bloom so far.  I was given it last fall and somehow it survived potted in my garage until I got it in the bog this spring.  It's kind of just sitting there so far, I'm hoping it will spread out a little more!

IMG_1438.JPGIMG_1439.JPG

 

First blooms of one of my hardy hibiscus.  I love these plants and have 4 cultivars.  This is Pinot Grigio.

IMG_1456.JPG

 

Some kind of chicks and hens that I have growing in the crevices of a boulder.  This one has a pup and I guess is getting ready to bloom too.  That will be the first time it's done that.

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Persian Shield.  Love this colors of this. They usually get about 2 feet tall for me but had a hard start with our cold spring.

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These were dollar store gladiolus bulbs.  I planted them between some iris by the side of my house last year.  I didn't have the time or desire to pull the bulbs last fall but they seem to have mostly survived.  Lucky me!

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And here is a visitor I found peeking in our front window!  I took this with a clip on phone camera macro lens through the window which is why there is that distortion.  I had no intention of getting closer to it!

 

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You have the most beautiful plants!!!!!

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My hens and chicks bloom!  Not bad for a $5 clip on macro lens!

 

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And I caught a Leopardess bloom open. :D

 

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And the first bud of my night bloomer Texas Shell Pink.

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More happy flower pictures.

 

This is "Summer Storm" hardy hibiscus.  SO hot out there that everything except the water plants are drooping.

 

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This is my newest tropical lily, Green Smoke.

 

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My husband got this pic of a visitor.

 

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This is hardy hibiscus, Midnight Marvel

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A bouquet of Day Glow

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Guardian of the pond laying low!

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Gorgeous!!!

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Ugh it is so brutal out! I want out 70f range temps back!

I've been trying to water the lawn with removed tank water but its still burnt from the heat (and lack of rain) >.<

You make me wish i had a huge pond so I could grow all these lillies!!

Lovely photos as always ^^

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Hope I'm not boring you all with the flower pics!  I love to have a place to post them so when winter comes I can remember what is out there!

 

Hardy Hibiscus Pink Elephant:

 

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More Summer Storm before the forcasted summer storms wipe them out:

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Tons of buds on Leopardess:

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My 2 Midnight Marvels flanking Black Eyed Susans:

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Color is a little washed out here.  They are more burgundy than fuschia.

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Chicks and Hens in full bloom!

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Crepe Myrtle in front of house:

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