Polly, sometimes I think gardeners are their own worst enemy. But that still hasn't prompted me to change. There's a bit more ground work before I can do the Giant Swamp Taro story. I managed to get quite a bit done during a lull in the monsoon yesterday, hardly any rain at all that day. Today I had Christmas engagements but heavy rain moved in during the evening, got 35mm (1.38 inches) in half an hour. The pond area is flooded but I'm hoping the rain will stop and the waters will have receded tomorrow. Then I can do the last bit and thumb my nose at the monsoon.
Sharon, thanks. I hope others can take heart that if a fool like me can bungle his way through then anyone can.
Sherry, so very true. I look forward to one day completing even just one of my projects.
You made that into a beautiful pond. Love the whole scene. Should have frogs in there, for sure.
You gonna hurt yourself hauling plants that large around. but it made it all worth it. Bravo!! Job well done.
Charleen, just the other day frogs laid eggs in there, but there's fish in there also. I think the frogs were running out of room. Every bit of water, every puddle no matter how small, has been filled with frog eggs. They've apparently worked out the weather is with them, and so far it's holding out that way. Getting a lot of rain. But the fish will be eating well.
That Typhonodorum certainly grew too big for me to handle, and it's even bigger again now. From now on it stays put.
Can't you lay a wire around them to keep the fish away from the frogs long enough to grow? May a couple will make it. Typhonodorum is a beautiful plant. It probaly wants to stay in it's "forever" home too. If it had been meant to move it would have been "grown wth wheels". Work like that can be hard on your own body, hauling it around. I know I can't move things like I used to. Gettin"too old to cut the mustard, anymor" now you know I'm old... It is a beautiul pond, Love it!!
There's a lot of waterweed (not really a weed, but that's what it's referred to as) and the eggs virtually cover the whole surface of the pond. There's not many fish in there, mainly Gudgeons and Spangled Grunter, so it'll be a "natural thinning out". The pond couldn't support that many tadpoles anyway. It looks like the monsoon is coming good now so even the small puddles that were filled with eggs are unlikely to dry out, although the numbers of tadpoles will reduce. The frogs have just over done it this year. But that's probably normal when the monsoon's good. Nature goes for broke, and then it's survival of the fittest.
Thanks Rachel. I finally planted the Cyrtosperma merkusii in the new pond system yesterday. Should really have left everything to settle down a couple of weeks before doing it, but I'm just too impatient. I planted a couple of Adansonia gregorii a few years ago and keep looking at them willing them to be full grown now, but that takes at least a couple of hundred years.
I would say that patience is quite a virtue with growing a Adansonia gregorii but you have a very green thumb with growing Aroids. Your Cyrtosperma merkusii will probably settle in just fine and I hope you add another article in the future conerning your C. johnstonii. Thus far, my johnstonii is holding it's own with being a houseplant for our Winter months. Keeping my fingers crossed though.
Charleen, in my mind's eye I can already see them towering over the front of my place.
Rachel, before I left to go to work I noticed the C. merkusii already had a bit of leaf scorch. The cloud started to thin out after I planted it, but new leaves should be sun hardened and it will grow quickly. The Urospatha doesn't seem to have been affected, so far. The Lasia spinosa has finer lobed leaves so not as much surface area to catch the sun. It wasn't showing any sign of leaf scorch either. I also put in Colocasia 'Bunn Long' which was knocked at first but is recovering now. The other Colocasias in there are doing reasonably well - 'Illustris', a black stemmed one I don't know the name of, and 'Tea Cups'.
I liked the photos of your C. johnstonii on DG, yours was bigger than mine. Mine's still in a very shady area along with the C. cupidispathum but when it has some pups some of them will be going out into this pond.
Thank you Tropic for the kind words on my johnstonii and I hope your area of Australia has not been affected by what we are seeing on the news.
It sounds like the plant's you mentioned in your last comment are going to fair very well with their newest placement. I have no doubts about your ability to grow members of the Araceae family and I have to add that I did not know you were also growing a Lasia spinosa. That sounds like another tremendous story for you to add in the future as well.
I am looking forward to reading more articles from you.
Rachel, just got back home tonight after a fortnight at work. There'd been lots of rain (nothing like the east coast though). The new pond had flooded, the water's really a bit too deep. But it should drain a bit over the next couple of days. Some plants are still under water, some are looking a bit tatty from the hot sun before the rain came. One of the best looking is the Lasia spinosa, as in leaves unburned and the plant unphased by the depth of water.
The Cyrtostachys renda, Lipstick or Red Neck Palm, is doing quite well too.
Fortunately I'm well away from all those floods happening over on the east coast. It is our wet season now, but here it's been quite moderate so far.