Sunday, July 20, 2008

Aquatic Plants at Dill's Greenhouse

As I was working my way through the many photographic images that I made last weekend while we were vacationing in Hocking Hills, I downloaded those that I took at Dill's Greenhouse in Groveport, Ohio, on the way home. Although in the sequence of that weekend's events, this is out of order, I wanted to share these photos now.

Mom and I had craned our necks as we passed Dill's on our way to Hocking Hills that Friday morning, and we both decided right then and there that we were going to stop and take a look on our way home on Sunday. Romie and my dad had other ideas, but deep down they knew they were going to lose this argument.

At this time of the year, when you visit a garden center, you don't know what you'll find ... bargain perennials, straggly annuals, reduced shrubs and trees, sales on pots... It can be a good experience or a disappointing one.
Dill's did not disappoint, and we imagined what their inventory must be like in the spring, when the gardening season takes off. Our men can thank their lucky stars that we weren't passing through in May.

Absolutely the highlight of the visit was the water feature with a fountain and little waterfall and the out-of-this-world water lilies and the exotic lotus, both in full, glorious, breathtaking bloom.
With beauties like this providing live advertising and being 20% off, you just know one of us was going to leave there with one. Guess who.

They had beautiful Water Hyacinths (Eichhornia crassipes) for four dollars (after the discount) and I wish I'd gotten a couple of them. There was water lettuce, too, but I chose a hardy rose-colored water lily (Nymphaea) and a Lobelia syphilitica that's blue-flowering..

In addition to the water plants, I bought a new climbing rose - Morning Magic
TM - and a beautiful 'Blue Muffin' Viburnum. Mom bought some things, too and our already-full van got fuller.

Lotus (Nelumbo)

Water Lily (Nymphaea)

The two water plants will be nice additions to those we already have growing in the little pond in Max's Garden. There are two Cyperus (C. papyrus 'King Tut' and C. involucratus 'Baby Tut'), Juncus inflexus 'Afro', and Bloody Dock (Rumex sanguineus).

Our two little frogs won't care whether we get beautiful rosy lily blooms, but they should be happy to have the lily pads on which to sun themselves.


Anonymous said...

You have got a lovely waterfeature.
Eichhornia is beautiful, but here it covers the pond in a short time, as it grows so fast. Lotus and waterlilies are slower great plants for ponds. Eichhornia grows so fast in warm climates it is harvested for silage, food for cattle. In australia it is a plant on the weed list as it quickly chokes waterways! The flowers look like orchids.

Unknown said...

I loooove Dills! I only shop there and Oakland nursery. I have never had any problems with any stock Ive gotten from Dills. I just wanted to say Hello to a fellow buckeye!

Unknown said...

What beautiful plants... wow! I think that I would be in trouble there, too, during the height of spring. :)

By the way, that lobelia syphilicata (so named because they used to think it could cure syphillis)... I'd drop that, pot and all, into the ground this fall and see if you can get it to overwinter. There's no reason it shouldn't--I grew it at my old house in Parma, and it occasionally reseeded for me, too.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Kylee, you have out done yourself with some of these photos. They look like watercolors. FANTASTIC. That lotus is just to die for.

Nancy J. Bond said...

Gorgeous, especially the lotus and water lilies. Your plants should look beautiful in your pond. :)

Katie said...

Water lilies continually amaze me with their beauty. I'll bet even the guys were glad you stopped!

Cindy Garber Iverson said...

The lotus is out-of-this-world gorgeous! And your macro photo of it looks like a painting. I just love it.


dina said...

Oh my! Your photos are exquisite - thank you so much for sharing them!



Anonymous said...

Those Water Lillies are stunning!!

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