I’ve been trying to source some good plants for my pond. All my “pond research” has taught me, that my pond needs a lot more plants than I currently have in order to get the correct balance in the pond to prevent algae from taking over. The few existing plants urgently need re-potting – something that’s never be done in four years (blushing in embarrassment here). Poor things have been living in the same cramped baggies for the last four years – and it shows. Neglected, sad plants. Hopefully I can save a few of them. The Yellow flag irises were a gift about a year ago, and I potted them up at the time. Those are growing beautifully – perhaps too beautifully as they are getting crowded in their pots.

Armed with a shopping list of things I need to get in order to get this task done I discovered that pond gardening is not as commercially popular as I thought. Getting together everything on the list is impossible. Although I finally managed to uncover a few large aquatic baskets (I cannot stand the black bags in my pond), I was told that there is such a small demand for them that they don’t bother importing a large selection or even very many. Aquatic plant fertiliser can’t be found at all and so I am looking for a specialist aquatic nursery … I’ve found one, but it’s an hours drive away (an and hour back). *Sigh*.

So imagine my joy when I found a  small selection of the above-mentioned Aquatics Nurseries plants at the local nursery this past weekend. And the plants are lovely! In fine condition and although it is only a small selection, they were of plants I wasn’t expecting to find. What’s more, the plants are already potted and ready to put into the pond. Now I know it might actually be worth taking an afternoon off to visit that nursery out in Somerset West.

I also found a few Canna Lillies – the label says “Canna assorted” (that’s annoying – I like to know exactly what I am buying!), but I bought them anyway. At this stage I am buying plants and keeping them to one side. I plan to plant up two containers with a mix of plants that have been suggested to me by experienced gardeners. The Cannas and Alocasia/Colocasia are intended for this purpose.

New pond plants and grasses

A new water lilyA new water lily

A lovely Cyperus papyrusA lovely Cyperus paptrus

My latest nursery haulMy latest nursery haul

Leaf of the “Canna assorted”Leaf of the "Canna assorted"

I really love this! Very whimsicalI really love this! Very whimsical

Nice bountyNice bounty

Berula erecta (water parsnip)Something new

The new water lilyThe water lily

Alocasia “Black Magic” and Colocasia esculentesAlocasia "Black Magic" and Colocasia esculentes

Aren’t they stunning?Aren't they stunning?

New growth on the ColocasiaNew growth on the Colocasia

An old repotted water lilyAn old repotted water lily

Big beautiful water lily leafBig beautiful water lily leaf

As with my back garden I’m finding out that my “little pond” actually needs a lot more plants than I realised.

Happy gardening