It isn't often that I linger at work until after the sun sets. Tonight is an exception. This evening, our Victoria cruziana plants (also known by the common name of Santa Cruz Waterilies) are coming into full bloom in the Monet Pool. As I sit on a bench beside the pond, the heady pineapple scent of a first night's Victoria blossom drifts my way.
While the hardy waterlilies in our outdoor display ponds are just waking up from their long winter's nap, the atmosphere behind the scenes in our Aquatics greenhouse is decidedly more summer-like.
Here, tropical waterlilies are getting an early jump on the season in tubs of water heated to simulate their native habitats.
As the seedlings grow, each new leaf will become larger and more rounded than the previous leaves. Leaf rims will...