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RE: habitat/ponds/plants

If you have a pond club or know a bunch of folks who have ponds in your
area, ebay is the cheapest place to get hyacinth. We buy a bunch and
divide the price. Last year we paid 1.08 each, including shipping.

Weather has been crazy here, but most likely I can send you pond plant
starts in the spring... just remind me.


> Wow!  Great ideas!  Thanks Chris!
> Eva
> Long Island, NY
> Zone 6/7
> "We don't do enough to exploit renewable energy resources."
> Me
> In a message dated 1/27/2004 6:38:12 PM Pacific Standard Time,
> chris@widom-assoc.com writes:
> Eva,
> I have hardy waterlilies in the tub garden.  I also add pots of water
> loving perennials that I dig or cut from the garden. I like to use a
> bouquet of HOUTTIANA CORDATA for color.  It will stay nice all summer.
> I get a nice bunch and use a twist tie to hold my bouquet.  Then I
> attach the bouquet to a submerged concrete block with some wire. The
> garden is a couple of feet deep, so you don't really notice the block.
> You can also use caladiums from the supermarket, lobelia, sedges, etc.
> Water Hyacinths are usually $4.50 for one!  Water plants are pricey
> around here, so I don't like to spend money on a plant that going to
> die.  That's why I use hardy lilies.  Hicks carries a lot of water
> plants, but I have a nursery just a few miles away that specializes in
> water gardens (Scherer and Sons).  Then there's Suburban Water Gardens
> in Dix Hills right next to Roslyn Nursery.  Even Lowes and Home Depot
> carry plants for ponds, but I prefer to see them in active growth.
> Chris
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