Last weekend found me back at Hughes Water Gardens. The only other time I’ve been there was in March, when it was still too cold for things to be in full swing. What a difference a couple of months make!
During my first visit I completely missed the tropical water lily greenhouse. Maybe it wasn’t open to the public or I was just too blinded by the timber bamboo to see any further. These beauties have me wishing our future (stock tank) pond is going to be much larger than we’ve planned for. Well…we haven’t bought it yet, maybe there is still time to supersize it?
Of course a good nursery visit means more than just looking, I’ve got to do my part to support our local businesses! My purchases, clockwise starting with the tall one: a hardy water Canna, Thalia dealbata; a Colocasia esculenta ‘Illustris;’ and the most perfect little Agave ‘Cornelius’ you could ever imagine. Towards the entrance they had much larger containers of the water Canna, this is a rare situation where I was actually happier getting a smaller (cheaper) one, the sculptural quality of the leaves was less evident in the bigger plants. The Colocasia esculenta ‘Illustris’ was a must-have; the color combination was perfect for a little pot I had to put it in.
And really I had no intention of leaving Hughes Water Gardens with an agave, I should only be purchasing water lovers right? But just look at the perfection! How can an agave lover pass that up? Well obviously she can’t so she put back an adorable, chunky little papyrus. I’ve already got a papyrus for this season, why do I need another, right? But then who said anything about need? My co-conspirator in plant shopping, Megan, better embraced the spirit and bought one. Go Megan!