Monday, August 12, 2013

My Fair Lady Nymphaea


         Beautiful crimson Nymphaea is blooming in my garden pond.


The pond was renovated in July. It so happened that two years ago the sharp ice edge cut through its liner. The basis of the pond is plastic liner that has been laid on the bottom and walls of the pit. When I poured a lot of water, it reached the cutting hole, went into the ground, and the water level has become low.
During the renovation (old plastic liner was replaced by new one) Nymphaea was transferred into a large water barrel. Its big bud grew in a barrel. The moment came when Nymphaea returned to the updated pond. Last week early in the morning on Wednesday the bud began to rise out of the water. I took the camera and decided to take pictures of all the stages of flower opening, to see how the flower opened in half an hour or an hour.

 
Finally at noon Nymphaea fully opened its bud. It showed off in the sunny rays. "My Fair Lady" was not scared summer rain and didn't shut the crimson flower.
In the evening petals began to rise and fit closely. At first yellow flower center had closed, then crimson and white petals, and then Nymphaea started dipping.
The next day, the entire picture has repeated: the bud rose of water and flower started opening.


Five days I'm admiring the blooming Nymphaea. I do not know how long it will bloom, but last year this Nymphaea bloomed 8 days.
Other three Nymphaeas grow in my pond as well; and I hope they will soon bloom too, because the weather is hot and pond water is warm and healthy.

Do you have or would like to have a pond in your garden? What plants are growing there? 
Thank you!






















38 comments:

  1. So gorgeous and so dramatic. I love it and shall plant one as soon as I move into my new house.

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    1. I wish a water lily grows and blooms in the new pond, Elsie!

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  2. Your Nymphaea is beautiful, Nadezda, and very interesting the way the bud goes beneath the water at night. I have a pond with fish in it so only grow a few plants. Equisetem japonica, Papyrus, and Pistia stratiotes floating on the surface.

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    1. Peter, I had the same water plants but every winter I had a problem with their storing. Thank you!

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  3. How beautiful. I had no idea they went beneath the water in this way. It is really fascinating seeing the progress at different times of the day.

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    1. Yes, it is! I wanted to share the moments of its every day life. Thank you, Tracey!

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  4. What an interesting way to present this plant, Nadezda! 'My Fair Lady' is a beauty.
    We have a swimming pool but no pond.

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    1. So you have less problem, Astrid. There are some problems with maintenance and wintering the water plants. Thank you!

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  5. You have a beautiful "My Fair Lady" in your pond Nadezda, I understand this feels so good after moving the waterlily around before the pond was repaired. Very interesting to see the pictures of the various stages of flowering. On your question: I have no pond in my garden, many people have, but we have a canal in front of our house and in the canal we have waterlilies too, a white one and a pink one.

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    1. You're lucky, Janneke. The waterlilies grow and bloom near your house!
      Thank you!

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  6. How beautiful! I have never had the patience to sit and watch the blooms opening up, but I would like to one day. My pond had some repairs this year, too, and I have not gotten around to putting back plants in it. (The plants were moved to the big pond.) Ponds are such wonderful things to have in a garden, but they do seem to require quite a bit of maintenance!

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    1. I agree with you, Holly! I spend a lot of time cleaning my pond, growing plants, putting the special adding for water balance, etc. Glad that the nymphaea has been blooming this summer. Thank you!

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  7. I would love to have a pond just so I could have lilies blooming on its surface. I did not know the flower lasted for days. How beautiful!

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    1. Usually waterlily blooms 6-8 days, depends of the water temps. In cool water it can not bloom.
      Thank you, Jennifer!

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  8. Great vieuws from your waterlillies. We have a leak in the pond and in autum we have a job to do!!!.
    I love my pond and there is always something different to see the surroundings of it are full of live. Frogs, insects fish, plants. I love to see it.
    Have a wonderful day Nadezda.

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    1. Oh, I understand you, repairing the pool is a great job, Marijke! I love to watch the water life too, lots of dragonflies there are on the pond now.
      Thank you!

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  9. Great pictures you show of the water lily.
    We have a pond in the garden (made June this year) with water lilies (flowers not yet) water convolvulus and calla mm Wishing you a great Tuesday :) Hugs Hanne Bente ♥

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    1. I remember your nice pond with big stone in it, Hanne Bente! Thank you!

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  10. Lovely pond, Nadezda. And I enjoyed watching the Nymphaea bloom. We have a pondless waterfall in our landscape. so the flowers surround it. Love the sound of falling water.

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    1. Oh, yes, the sound of falling water fascinates! Thank you, Carolyn!

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  11. Dear Nadezda,oh yes!!I would love to have a pond in my garden!!!!
    Your Nymphaea is so beautiful!!!!You realy love taking care your plants and your garden!!
    Have a lovely week!!!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dimi,you are right, pond is very attractive in a garden. The water plants make it nicer.
      Thank you!

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  12. How wonderful to have a pond with water lilies. They are so beautiful. I have only a little fountain/birdbath.

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  13. I would love to have a pond in my garden, but as you know, my garden is tiny so where would I put it? What would I throw out to make space, even for a small pond? I have settled for a bird bath as a water feature - although no water lilies! Your water lily photos are wonderful, I absolutely adore water lilies and find them fascinating. I once went to Kew Botanical Gardens here in London and saw the world biggest water lily, the leaves were around 3m wide!

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    1. I'd love to visit Kew Gardens too! There is the big Amazon river water lily called 'Victoria Regia' in St. Petersburg Botanic garden, I saw it some years ago.It has large round leaves with curved edges.
      Thank you, Helene!

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  14. Felicidades por tan precioso jardín y por las fotos. El nenufar es una maravilla!!!
    Ya lo creo que ne gustaría tener uno... Pero vivo en un piso Nadezda:(( Y el cachito que tenemos de huerto es en la finca de unos amigos. Ya estan coloreando los tomates, cuando esten buenos los pondré en el blog:))
    Que tengas un buen día.
    un beso.

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    1. Contenta que te gustaron mis fotos!
      Acuerdo tu post sobre tomates que cultivas, son grandes y ricos. Gracias, Laura!

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  15. Oh my gosh, Nadzeda! Your pond is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! And the water lily is gorgeous. I love the hostas on the shore too. I am so impressed with your gardens and what you can grow with such cold winters. I'm so glad to know you! Take care.

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    1. Grace, you're right, it's a great job to grow and especially to store the pond and water lilies in winter time. As they are told "the more difficult the child the more love". Thank you!

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  16. Interesting post, Nadezda!!! I've never known that Nymphaea closes its flower at night. So, excited to see your photos in flowering process!
    YES, I wish I could have a pond in my balcony, but of cource I can't. But I have water mashrooms in a bowl of water:) They are strong,and grwoing for three years:)

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    1. You have mushrooms in a bowl, interesting. May be I try mushrooms too! Thank you, Keity!

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  17. It's fascinating how the flower rises and opens in just a few hours and then closes again. Your pond, all nice and newly renovated, looks wonderful!

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    1. The life of water lily is strange and lovely. Thank you, Laurrie!

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  18. I have never seen a Nymphaea before. Quite lovely!!

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    1. Glad you liked these photos, Keith!

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  19. Your pond is gorgeous! We do have a small pond but it is not for show, it is behind our greenhouse and just there so frogs and toads have some place to bathe. I would love a pond as lovely as yours though with such gorgeous lilies :)

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    1. Of course, the pond is something that you want to watch and it surprises you every day. Thank you, Anna!

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