Water Hyacinth and Rubber Duckies
I have been purchasing a couple water hyacinths from the nursery each spring since we put in the pond and pond garden. One year I managed to winter them over in the basement in a kiddie pool, but it didn't seem worth the effort. Now I just cough up the $6 each, which is a little ironic, considering the fact that in the South they are considered a noxious weed. By the end of the summer I've usually had to remove about a wheelbarrowful (??) of water hyacinths, for they do quickly take over the whole pond.
This year, however, is the very first blossom I've had on my water hyacinths. I was in the kitchen and looked out the windows toward the pond and was surprised to see what appeared to be a blossom. I went outdoors to get a closer look and took this photo with Kevin's crummy work camera. :-) No wonder it's called a hyacinth - it looks like a hyacinth except more translucent and delicate.
The water hyacinths congregate with the rubber duckies below the waterfall from the pond stream. The hyacinth blossom only lasted a couple days, but what beauty we were allowed to see during that short life!
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