What's Blooming Now - August 3, 2011
are happy to say there is still plenty of bloom here at White
River Gardens despite the heat and drought-like conditions of
July, but we still hope August will be a little more forgiving
to our plant life. Despite the stresses to most of our
plant collection, this time of year is a peak time for our
aquatic plant life.
encourage our visitors to visit the stream and stream pool in
the Virginia Fairbanks Sun Garden as well as the Clowes Water
Garden. The lotus in the stream pool has already bloomed
once in late July, but appears to have another bloom on standby.
The lotus blooms are hard to catch as they only last about a day
and then start to fade. Keep checking and you might get
lucky! You may also check out the lotus bog in the Hilbert
Conservatory to better your chances of seeing a lotus bloom.
is a great time of year for the tropical water lilies. The
heat of July has helped the water to stay warm enough and
allowed these colorful beauties to thrive. ‘Leopardess’ is
a beautiful blue and yellow flower with red and green variegated
leaves. You can find ‘Leopardess’ in the stream pool, but
look to the Clowes pools for some additional colorful lilies.
Another tropical lily we enjoy showcasing is the Amazon Victoria
Lily. You will find this giant in the farthest east Clowes
pool. The leaves are growing by the day and there is word a
bloom will be soon to come!
other aquatic standouts are our hardy water lilies in the stream
pool (believed to be the cultivar ‘Grapefruit’), water hyacinth,
and cannas to name a few pool residents. The water
hyacinth is a floating plant with a beautiful light purple
bloom. We have used cannas both in the stream pool and in
the Clowes pools as a marginal plant (water’s edge).
Cannas are a beautiful tropical addition to the water garden,
but are kept in their pots and elevated to keep the base of the
plant no more than several inches below the water line.
The variety ‘Orange King Humbert’ can be found in the stream
other water loving plants that you may not notice as much, but
are still beautiful are pickerel weed and arrowhead. Both
of these plants are blooming in the stream pool and both are
hardy to our zone. Also, a beauty, but maybe not as
noticeable, is a swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
used as a marginal plant in the Clowes pools and also hardy to