Images from David Smith, UK, December
When asked by a list member about his greenhouse pond,
David sent the following. Click images to enlarge.
I keep the temp to a constant 80fht and have Tina blooming
at the moment.
I did have a setback this year when I moved house. Well! I left
the house where it was but moved the ponds. Before that I kept
them in the garden and had to bring in the fishes and plants
into a 6ft aquarium, where I had both Tina and Blue Beauty blooming
all through the winter. In April, I moved to the next street
and installed one of my ponds into the greenhouse (after a spell
in the garden in the summer).
For about four months though I had to keep the lilies in
tubs and things went down with no blooms all summer. I gave the
fishes away and had to re-group after finishing reglazing part
of the greenhouse. When I finally installed the pond, after modifying
it to fit, I was able two months ago to replant four lilies and
one lotus and add some of the fishes I love. Within two weeks
the lilies started to improve and Tina started to bloom. Small
blooms at first but bigger with every one. With six blooms so
far she is looking good. Blue Beauty is striving as is Red Flare.
Not sure about Wood's White Night yet. Lotus doing well having
come on from seed earlier in the summer. Aerial leaves but no
blooms yet. I cannot tell you the heritage of the lotus. The
seeds from came Babs and I have yet to grow many of them due
to my situation and so only tried one of them. Will have to investigate
These pictures show the fibreglass pond, after I cut its
margin away to fit in the greenhouse, taken from the greenhouse
area. The greenhouse before installing the pond and another of
the modified pond.
I have forgotten the wattage of the halide lamps. I have them
about 18 inches from the surface of the pond. They were lower
when the water was lower but I have been adding water and have
increased the height of the lamps accordingly. Unfortunately
the leave of the lotus were beginning under the lights and so
I have shifted the plant nearer to the window. Later I shall
have to add a higher lamp especially for any lotus I plan to
About five weeks ago I visited our Garden Club (a membership
emporium of many acres of glasshouses) I had previously admired
the Brugmansias. They were priced at £40 then and I did
not buy one. We were both surprised and delighted to find that
they had all been reduced to make way for the winter and in preparation
for Christmas. I bought three for £2 each and have installed
one in the greenhouse next to the pond. Some bargain eh.