Posts Tagged ‘AQUATIC PLANTS’

INTERNATIONAL WATER GARDEN SOCIETY SYMPOSIUM 2016 REVIEW

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: November 2nd, 2016 | No Comments on INTERNATIONAL WATER GARDEN SOCIETY SYMPOSIUM 2016 REVIEW

It could have happened just about anywhere on the planet there is a strong connection to the world of water gardening; but the International Water Gardening Society’s Annual Symposium took place in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula in 2016. The IWGS Symposium attendees on one hand lay somewhere between an assemblage of botanists, horticulturalists, aquatic plant breeder/growers and distributors, water gardening authors and experts, aficionados and hobbyists, water garden designers, builders, and service providers; …while on the other hand, they could be described as a band of adventurers.

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CAN I BRING MY WATER LETTUCE INDOORS FOR WINTER?

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: September 26th, 2016 | No Comments on CAN I BRING MY WATER LETTUCE INDOORS FOR WINTER?

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Question: Can I bring my water lettuce indoors for the winter and put them in my fish aquarium until Spring?

Answer: Some questions don’t have a clear cut answer, but the short of this answer is YES, you can bring water lettuce indoors for the winter months. With that advice let’s clarify the answer. If you were to bring you water lettuce in to keep in your aquarium until Spring you have some things you need to consider…

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WATERCRESS, SIMPLE AMAZING WATERCRESS, THE REAL STORY!

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: May 11th, 2014 | 4 Comments on WATERCRESS, SIMPLE AMAZING WATERCRESS, THE REAL STORY!

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Watercress. What is watercress anyway? Is there such thing as rockcress or maybe landcress? How about outerspace cress? Cress, really?

     Yes, cress, really. There is landcress! There is rockcress! There is NOT outerspacecress, and I am sorry if that disappoints you. Truth is that cress, watercress primarily, played a huge and often times important role in many civilizations of the ancient and not so ancient world. Watercress’s botanical name is Nasturtium. It is an ancient plant utilized around the globe throughout history. And you still are not growing it in your pond? Why not?!

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PARROTFEATHER FOR THE WATER GARDEN

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: February 21st, 2014 | 7 Comments on PARROTFEATHER FOR THE WATER GARDEN

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Parrotfeather! Half the fun of acquiring this water garden plant is the appeal of its name. Parrotfeather is a semi-emergent aquatic weed, unwelcome in most natural waterways, with the only trait slightly resembling the feathering of a parrot would be its green coloration; and that’s given that the parrot in question is a green one! This water garden plant looks a bit more like a soft green bottle brush, but the name Parrotfeather is much easier to market in the aquatic plant industry!

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WATER HYACINTH – IN AND OUT OF YOUR WATER GARDEN

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: January 15th, 2014 | 44 Comments on WATER HYACINTH – IN AND OUT OF YOUR WATER GARDEN

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You could say that the history of the Water Hyacinth began on December 16, 1884. The “World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition”, or the World’s Fair, opened on that day in New Orleans, LA. Among the many amazing wonders on display a never before seen herb was on display in Horticultural Hall. The herb, Eichornia crassipes, was an aquatic floating plant with dark green thick leaves and a beautiful delicate purple and blue flower with a yellow spot accenting several petals. This horticultural curiosity of the time quickly escaped the confines of Horticultural Hall and invaded the American waterways of the south.

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WATER LETTUCE IS A REAL PISTIA

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: August 16th, 2013 | 18 Comments on WATER LETTUCE IS A REAL PISTIA

Oh water lettuce.

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You innocent unassuming looking little plant.

     Walk into any water garden supplier and ask for an easy to keep, good for beginners aquatic plant. You will likely have water lettuce suggested to you. Water lettuce is available at just about every aquatic plant vendor out there, and you can even get it shipped to you from online aquatic plant vendors. Some people also call it water cabbage, and it’s scientific name is Pistia, …Pistia stratiotes to be exact.

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WATER GARDEN AND POND PODCAST FROM PRINCE OF PONDS RADIO SHOW

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: October 6th, 2012 | No Comments on WATER GARDEN AND POND PODCAST FROM PRINCE OF PONDS RADIO SHOW

Take a listen to a fun and really informative water garden and pond show that is broadcast over PetLifeRadio.com  The Prince of Ponds radio show hosted by Ken Jones focuses on all things water garden and pond related. Mike Gannon, the Pond Hunter,  is his guest for this 1/2 hour podcast.

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THE AMAZING LOTUS FLOWER

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: July 26th, 2012 | 6 Comments on THE AMAZING LOTUS FLOWER

The Lotus, calling it just a flower seems like a description that is not quite fitting for such a plant. It is a plant with deep and ancient multi-cultural significance. A plant considered sacred in many religions, and mythologies. Lotus has been used medicinally for thousands of years.

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THE ART OF WATER GARDENING

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: April 23rd, 2012 | 2 Comments on THE ART OF WATER GARDENING

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Could water gardens be the ultimate and most influential form of art ever created?

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Worlds Fair Paris, France 1889, the Exposition Universelle du 1889. 100 years after the French Revolution the world was changing, and at this very moment Paris was the center of it all.

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THE LOTUS FLOWER. MORE TO IT THAN MEETS THE EYE

By: Mike Gannon | Posted On: April 9th, 2012 | 1 Comment on THE LOTUS FLOWER. MORE TO IT THAN MEETS THE EYE

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The lotus flower, Nelumbo nucifera.

The relationships that are sometimes developed between man and plant can be very fascinating. This definitely holds true for the lotus flower. The lotus flower and human connection goes back well beyond 1000 years, and crosses numerous cultural and geographical boundaries even from ancient times. The lotus is even revered in a spiritual way by several cultures. Still today, lotus is a widely known and popular water garden plant that can be found in about any water garden center, just about anywhere on the planet. The lotus flower has achieved truly an iconic status with its familiar large flower head that is easily identified by even the beginner water garden enthusiasts and chefs.

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