I am doing my first try with water gardening this year. I have been thinking about it for a few years now, but never took the jump before this. I started out small. I was not even thinking about it and seen some water lilies for sale at the produce auction last month. I was able to get three of them for one dollar each. I have an old boat in the back yard that was a total eyesore. The center of it holds water so I set them in there. They were not big enough to stay upright when I took them out of their pots. So I put some small rocks in the pots to hold them in place and they looked like this.
The other flowers I planted in the seat of the boat after filling it with dirt. The seat had been broken out of it when we found it upside down in the pond after moving here six years ago. At this point, I am thinking it would look better if I painted the boat, but I still am not sure I am going to keep it in the backyard or try to get rid of it. About a week ago I finally pulled them out of the pots. The root balls had grown enough to hold them in place and upright. I could tell when I bought them that they are the spreading type is why I did not drop them in the big pond. I am glad I did not as this is how much they have grown in about a month’s time.
I made a very lucky guess of planting purple flowers in the seat of the boat at once these bloomed they are also purple. But the picture here only shows two of the three lilies to give you an idea of how much they have spread out. I still need to find exactly what kind these are so that I will know if I can leave them outside all winter or if I need to protect them from freezing. But I am now thinking about sinking a horse trough into the ground out in the backyard and moving the lilies to it next spring. I will then add some goldfish to it and have a nice spot to sit and dangle my feet on very hot days. And in a smaller area like that, I can easily keep the growth of the lilies under control. I am calling them lilies but I am not even sure that is correct for them at this time as there are many types of floating water flowering plants.