.Earlier this year a neighbour asked me to help her in clearing out her pond. It was a little overgrown to say the least. I having had absolutely no experience of doing this of course said 'sure'. The pond had some plants in it that had been there many years, a certain flag iris that had obviously gone beserk as only irises now how to. Also a water lily that had been smothered by the afore mentioned Iris. After spending a few hours toiling and fighting the iris we managed to get it all out of the pond. Then came the untangling and trying to rescue what could be salvaged from the chainsaw massacre of plants removed from the pond. Also rescuing the 13 or so frogs from the pond into a bucket for the time of upheaval. After cutting back the iris to a more manageable size and cutting out the water lily from the mess I then replanted the small but healthy looking plants back into the pond.
Now a few months on with the pond full of tadpoles the water lily is in full bloom as you can see from the pictures. I am sure you can agree the lily is stunning.
Nymphaeaceae /ˌnɪmfiːˈeɪsiː/ is a family of flowering plants.
Members of this family are commonly called water lilies and live as rhizomatous aquatic herbs in temperate and tropical climates around the world. The family contains five genera with about 70 known species (Christenhusz & Byng 2016). Water lilies are rooted in soil in bodies of water, with leaves and flowers floating on or emergent from the surface. The leaves are round, with a radial notch in Nymphaea and Nuphar, but fully circular in Victoria and Euryale.
Water lilies are a well studied clade of plants because their large flowers with multiple unspecialized parts were initially considered to represent the floral pattern of the earliest flowering plants, and later genetic studies confirmed their evolutionary position as basal angiosperms. Analyses of floral morphology and molecular characteristics and comparisons with a sister taxon, the family Cabombaceae, indicate, however, that the flowers of extant water lilies with the most floral parts are more derived than the genera with fewer floral parts. Genera with more floral parts, Nuphar, Nymphaea, Victoria, have a beetle pollination syndrome, while genera with fewer parts are pollinated by flies or bees, or are self- or wind-pollinated. Thus, the large number of relatively unspecialized floral organs in the Nymphaeaceae is not an ancestral condition for the clade.
Horticulturally water lilies have been hybridized for temperate gardens since the nineteenth century, and the hybrids are divided into three groups: hardy, night-blooming tropical, and day-blooming tropical water lilies. Hardy water lilies are hybrids of Nymphaea species from the subgenus Castalia; night-blooming tropical water lilies are developed from the subgenus Lotos; and the day-blooming tropical plants arise from hybridization of plants of the subgenus Brachyceras.
Thanks to Wikipedia for the information above.
My name is Jonathan and I enjoy working in my garden in my spare time. I am no professional, just an amateur. My second love is photography, shooting the flowers in my garden and of course sharing them with people who share my passions.