|Mike & Cyndie - Aurora, Colorado|
|Prior to 1992, we were a pretty normal family. . .
. . .water gardening changed us.
water gardening experience began with a leaky waterbed
mattress. In a continuing effort to "recycle" items, the mattress
was converted to a three-foot diamater pool about 10
inches deep. This pool of water
was thought to be an invitation to a friend that we needed
a few feeder goldfish. She brought us a dozen, which
quickly scampered to hide among
the rocks. The next day she returned with a dozen more,
which also managed to find places to hide.
knew enough to know I didn't know what to do with all of
the lilies. I decided Dever Botanic Gardens (DBG) should
have someone to give me
information. The call to DBG put me in touch with Joe Tomocik,
Aquatic Curator, who referred me to John Mirgon of the Colorado
John graciously answered questions and finally helped with what seemingly was a simple answer; I would need a larger pond, at least two feet deep to over-winter the fish and an indoor tank about the same size, properly-lighted, to keep the tropical lilies through the winter.
Over the next two weeks, "we" dug our first functional pond, unaware what an obsession we had fallen into.
|Thomas gardening dogs; the late Licorice and Taffy.|
A decade later we have seven in-ground water features and average more than a three-dozen above-ground water features at any one time. Sizes vary from three-gallon decorative pots to a 1200-gallon Koi pond. Adjacent to the in-ground features we have seven small bog areas.
Some might call me a collector.
enjoy finding something new and unusual to grow. Each
season I find several new plants at area garden centers
to try. One year, to find new
plants to grow, I explored an Asian market. There I found
many common water plants, but one unusual blooming plant
in a bag was a true find.
It had small trumpet-like flowers, white throated with
purple outside petals. Ngo Om, or Rice Patty Herb, originates
from Viet Nam.
|Oasis - Our tropical lily pond (above) and small pond (below) are both heated to extend the growing season in Colorado.|