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Surprises in the pond

At the end of February I wrote about my plans for giving my pond a bit of a make-over. I got as far as adding a few new plants to the pond and then … well Autumn came, it got cold, with that my enthusiasm waned somewhat and I decided to wait for Spring before I continue. But the plants have started to grow …

Pond Update

[one_half]Some of the new pond plantsPond plants[/one_half]

[one_half_last]My favourite, the Cyperus PapyrusMy favourite[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Cyperus Papyrus reflected on AlocasiaCyperus Papyrus reflected on Alocasia[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The Cannas are growing fast …The Cannas are growing fast ...[/one_half_last]

[one_half]This has trebled in size alreadyThis has trebled in size already[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The bubbling water featuresThe bubbling water features[/one_half_last]

So waiting for Spring was not on Mother Nature’s agenda as far as my pond goes. For the first time in nearly five years, my three little goldfish have multiplied … they must be enjoying all the extra greenery in the pond. And it looks like all the babies are going to make it. They’re growing larger by the day, becoming very confident and darting around and putting on a show for me instead of hiding under rocks when I approach. Such fun to watch! I’ve counted about 9 new ones so far. I will try to get some photographs of them soon.

I added a few Waterblommetjies (Aponogeton distachyos) bulbs to the pond in May. Also known as ‘Cape Pond Weed’, for those of you that are unfamiliar with this South African native, I’ve added some notes and a link below. These bulbs were the easiest thing to plant ever … just throw the bulbs in the pond and wait about two weeks and …

Ta Da! The first Waterblommetjie gets a flower


[one_half]The little plant after 2 weeksThe little plant after 2 weeks[/one_half]

[one_half_last]A closer view of the bulbA closer view of the bulb[/one_half_last]

[one_half]The first Waterblommetjie flowerThe first Waterblommetjie flower[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The flower opens more on day twoThe flower opens more on day two[/one_half_last]

So I realise they are not as showy or magnificent as Lotus Blossoms or Water Lilies, but here in my pond, they GROW!

Waterblommetjies (Aponogeton distachyos) – The long, oval shaped leaves float on the water, but it is usually the flowers standing up out of the water above the leaves, that attract attention. Waterblommetjies flower in profusion during winter and spring. Large areas of water in the western, southern and eastern Cape are covered with their sweetly scented, white flowers. The flower is interesting in that it is really a forked inflorescence bearing tiny, white, one-petalled flowers with brown anthers. The flowers are also the edible part. Bees are very attracted to the flowers and may be one of the main pollinators.  Aponogeton distachyos occurs naturally in the winter rainfall areas of the Cape. It is adapted to growing in ponds and vleis which dry up in summer. The dormant tubers sprout again as soon as the pools fill in autumn. (Information courtesy of PlatzAfrika).

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

7 replies on “Surprises in the pond”

Thats really great to have the goldfish multiply, something I expect to see in our pond but never do. I think the Waterblommetjies is very hardy as I am almost certain we have had this one in the past.

Wow Chris – I love the waterblommitjie blommie!! 🙂 This is going to look stunning with the Papyrus and my favourite one – the fern-looking plant. The goldfish must be so happy! 🙂 The combination of all the plants are beautiful – love your style.

What a nice surprise! A beautiful pond during the winter months. I’ve pinned the waterblommetjies…wondering if it will grow herein ATX. Our climes share so many plants that they just might work. I love the idea of some winter flowers bobbing around in the pond while everything else is dormant.

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