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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Water Hyacinth

26 June 2009 17:45:30
Water Hyacinth

Water Hyacinth

It rained last night and today. That's typical as I spent a good while watering yesterday. However, the garden could well use it so I'm not complaining. The garden is such a joy at the moment. All the time I spy something new that's about to flower. And then there's the joy of the harvest - yesterday we had 7 courgettes and 12 strawberries for dinner.

Today was the last day at school and Joshua gave his teacher a Sweet Pepper plant as a parting present. The teacher's well interested in gardening so I think she should have been pleased.

I didn't do much today as I had to go shopping for Joshua's birthday party on Sunday - 15 kids in total. But when I was out I did drop into the Arboretum in Carlow to pick up a water plant for my new pond.

I have an oxygenator in there already so I needed something to provide the surface cover. I decided to try something different from water lilies so went for a water hyacinth (eichhornia crassipes). Of course it's not hardy but I could try overwintering it in the greenhouse and, if that isn't successful, well it means I've wasted the princely sum of euro3.99.

So, home again, I had to do something about the fact that my new pond wasn't straight. Since it's so tiny, it was easy enough to just take it out and excavate a bit more earth, making use of the spirit level this time. That's the joy of small ponds - it's so easy to fix any problem. But I reckon that hubbie's a bit handier with the old spirit level than I am because it's still not quite right. I decided it was good enough for the minute and put the water back in. In gardening I have two standards - perfect and good enough. I usually aspire to the first but settle for the second.

I planted the two beautiful candelabra primulas that Alison recently brought me, right beside the pond and poured in the water hyacinth. The water hyacinth floats so doesn't need to be planted in a basket. It has great fat buds on it so I'm hoping for flowers soon. I also have some nicotiana planted next to the pond so hopefully it will look nice this year.

By the way, anyone going to the Springmount Garden Festival in Gorey tomorrow? I'm looking forward to a great day.


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Jacinta Jacinta 26 June 2009 20:54:24

Hey Rachel, believe it or not but I have never seen a picture of a water hyacinth. Can you post one. Yea thats why I did this small pond, so I can maintain it MYSELF.


Rachel Rachel 26 June 2009 21:53:29

Jacinta, you can see a larger version of this photo in my June 09 album. I'll try to take a close up tomorrow after I get back from Springmount.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 26 June 2009 22:00:14

The clouds have taking pity on us here,at long last Rachel.Not a drop of water all day.Nothing beats the taste of home grown food.


Joybells Joybells 27 June 2009 10:53:32

Rachel!! hoping to get to Springmount too..I'll keep a lookout for you...we may get to chat.


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