No Penny, Nothing grows inside the plates, I did see a large bud growing from under it but it may have just been another plate. It was a little difficult to converse with that worker, as SHE was in the water and I was 20 feet away on land. She was smiling away though, loves her job. I know I would too!
Pam - I was just looking again at these photos above. (I really like this thread.) I saw the "Sunny Pink" waterlilies. I just received some for postage last week. They are small plants still, but grow fast. The person who shared them with me said they were her favorite waterlilies of all. Bloomed profusely and grew quick! I see them in the 10th photo and they are indeed stunning! I can't wait to see mine bloom!
I was surprised there were no Lotus plants in any of your photos. If waterlilies can be grown at Longwood, then so could Water Lotus. I love Lotus, too!
For anyone who hasn't tried water gardening ... just let me say it is the easiest gardening you can do! I just top the water off every few days and fertilize with pond fertilizer tabs once a month during the growing season. I have several in small containers and have even experimented with some by growing them in tea cups and coffee mugs! LOL! They are not dwarf or mini waterlilies, but I like to push the limit with some plants. They do grow in some spaces, but getting them to bloom has proven to be a challenge.
I didn't tell you about the lotus ponds for a reason or several reasons. First because they are hard to miss and 2nd because some things should be stunning surprises. Not only the lilies and lotuc are beautiful so are the marginal plants.
Ward, the last garden we saw was the one you mentioned to the left of the entrance. It was spectacular as you can see! I want to go back, keep that in mindand that weekdays I am available!! Hope you had fun in South South Jersey.
So Ward was leaving a surprise view for you, Pam! Yes, you couldn't miss the water gardens!
I only grow water plants in large containers to small containers. I won't post any photos here and spoil the beauty of Longwood Gardens! LOL! Mine aren't blooming right now either because I just cleaned out the containers and repotted everything. I just grow waterlilies and lotus and a couple different marginal plants. Nothing that would knock anyone's socks off like the photos in this thread! But I hope others realize that these water containers are very easy to do and the plants grow well in the sSpring, Summer, and early Fall months. If I can grow them, anyone can!!!! You just need a sunny spot to sit the pot.
The American Lotus grow wild a few places in New Jersey. There is speculation that American Indians brought it up from the south.
Pam, I could probably be talked into going to Longwood sometime in August. I usually reserve a day off then when I think the gardens will be at their peak. From your photos it didn't look like they are going as big for Salvias and such as they have in recent years. You never know all that will be there from year to year other than it will be in huge patches and very well grown. Did you make it down to the south end to the idea gardens? Those gardens are designed with home gardeners in mind. In the fall they put out a display of hundreds of types of pumpkins, squash and gourds in all their exotic "plumage".
Orchids - once back in the 1990s the woman who did the orchid wall was on a 3 day owl, eagles and duck trip I was leading. She was a French Canadian woman and her husband a French Chef. She invited me to come down and go behind the scenes and see how Longwood produced their orchids. I am still kicking myself because I never took her up on the offer. It is great you took the time to talk with the gardeners. They are normally happy to stop and talk for a few minutes. Your photo of the woman in the pond reminded me of a long conversation I had with a woman there while she was up the her in one of those ponds. She was Jewish from Delaware and I remembered a family story about a Jewish man who in the late 19th century left Philadelphia and settled in deepest southern Delaware where my family is from. When he married a local Methodist girl it caused a rift in his family. The woman and I laughed: "he's dead to us now". In any case my family still had him mind 70 years later when I came along. Oh my, where did that come from?
There were some red greggiis, but not huge. Black and blue most i didnt bother to photograph as they are in my yard. I saw a large patch of David Verity in the last annual garden section. The annuals were so neat and plentiful. Not a spent flower or dried leaf in the bunch. Depressing when thinking of my mess of a garden.
Another good part of the day is we wound up on the main street thru kennet square and there was a farmers market in progress. Heirloom yellow tomatoes, purpke cherry tomatoes, corn, and blueberries to die for to mention a few. brought home lots of veggies and fruit. Made sauteed yellow and green squash with purple and yellw peppers for dinner. MMMMM. Picked my first cherry tomatoe fom my garden. Lots of greenies on the plants.
Oh yeah, at 2pm we had a chance to go on the progagation tour, but I took pity on John as we had just spent 90 minutes in the conservatory and ponds and we were soaked thru. Who am I kidding, i was tired too. I brought a change of clothes with me and couldnt wait for the AC in the car and getting in some dry clothes. They were watering the annual/veggie garden with sprinklers and the kids were having a ball, young and older alike.
Pam - So ... where's the Lotus photos???? I wanna see them! I have a new love for Lotus. I started growing some a few years ago, but they don't always bloom every year for me. So I love to see photos of the blooms.
Not to be too impatient ... but can you post some more photos here of the water garden plants, please?! I know you must have lots more pics!