I'm not certain what happened to Spring here but I think it may have been here but we missed it......yesterday little snow flakes were appearing and in a couple days its going to be in the 70s. What's up with that???
But even though we're all anxious for the weather to turn nice so we can begin planting our flowers, vegetables gardens and clean our ponds, we have begun sending allot of nice plants to those who have the warm weather. Lucky them!
Dragonfly Aquatics has a couple new hardy water lilies to introduce. Hidden Violet which is a very unusual waterlily. Large red-violet flowers with pointed petals that catch the eye. The leaves are a darker green which gives a nice contrast to the flowers. It requires full sun as most of the red hardy waterlilies do and performs well.
The other new water lily is Walter Pagels, a very creamy white hardy water lily with with a hint of pale pink. This water lily is considered a medium hardy water lily and is an excellent choice for small to medium size ponds. Unlike the red water lilies it will perform well in sun to part shade. It also is one of the water lilies that will stay open later in the day for more enjoyment.
There is nothing better in late winter, than going out to the greenhouses and seeing all the bog plants growing and some of the tropical water lilies starting to bloom again. We heat several greenhouses, so most of the plants we sell are available year round. But, as the days get longer and there is more daylight, the plants really start to take off. A few of the iris are starting to bloom here and there. Before we know it the 2010 shipping season will be in full swing. I can't wait to hear from all our pond friends across the country again. Looking forward to another great season helping people with their pond and plant questions.
With March arriving, Old Man Winter should be packing his bags and moving on out! Those of us in the northeast, midwest and northwest can only hope that we have seen the worst of the 2009-2010 winter season. Those of you that live in the southern states are already able to get out and work on your ponds. Time to add Microbe-Lift Spring Summer cleaner if you have debris left from last fall and replace or clean your filter pads. Adding Microbe-Lift P/L when the water temperatures reach 50-55 degrees will also help seed your filter pads and improve water clarity. Meanwhile, those of us up north look out at our still snow covered ponds and hope things continue to melt, and Mother Nature is kind to us in the coming weeks.
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