Denver Botanic Gardens was once again the host of the International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society’s New Waterlily Competition this year. This contest draws entries of new waterlily hybrids from skilled hybridizers around the world. This year there were 21 entries in three categories - hardy waterlilies, intersubgeneric (hardy x tropical crosses) and tropical waterlilies.
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...