My hardy water lilies from Lilypons Water Gardens arrived last night! I am a complete cheapskate... the water lilies at the local pond store are $27. I found my lilies for $14 online.
They arrive bare root and it's up to you to pot them. Fill a 7.5 qt pot 3/4 full with heavy clay soil, tamp it down good, place the lily root, more soil, pack it down and cover with pea gravel to keep the soil from coming out of the pot.
Only with me, nothing is ever really simple.
I haven't told you but I have this thing with earthworms. I don't know WHERE this comes from. When I lived in the city - heck - even now, if I was or am out walking after a rainstorm, I would and still do - pick up the worms on the sidewalk and toss them back into the grass.
I was out with my dog in Denver, a long time ago, when I lived there as a single girl. My good, old dog was happily snorffling around in the grass... and I was crouched over the sidewalk saving worms. I had super short hair at the time and all of a sudden I hear this little kid yelling, "MISTER! HEY MISTER! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!"
Gawd. I got caught saving the earthworms! I stood up, completely embarrassed, called my dog and promptly walked in a most business-like and adult manner (avoiding stepping on any worms of course) back home.
I asked Furry Husband to help me pot the lilies. I guess I was thinking of using his manly strength to place the heavy dirt and gravel filled pots into the water. I had my little hand trowel and I'd happily scoop up some dirt, look for worms, pick out any I found and place the worm free dirt into my lily pot.
Here comes Furry Husband. All man and testosterone. He's got his shovel. Why is she messing around with that tiny hand trowel? he thinks.
He promptly digs up a big ol' shovel full o' dirt and dumps it in the pot. There! THAT is how you fill a pot! he thinks proudly.
I see a bunch of worms in the dirt. "NOOOOOO ---- honey! We need to save the worms before we plant the lilies!"
Furry Husband stops and watches in disbelief while I sift through the soil pulling out earthworm after earthworm.