Archive for February, 2009

Stan Skinger water lily

February 28, 2009

by Nancy G. deGarmeaux;

     I’m certain that you are aching for some summer sunshine during these cold, wintry days.  The Stan Skinger Water Lily will give you all the “sunshine” you need because of the striking yellow blooms!  The Stan Skinger Water Lily was named after the gentleman, Mr. Stan Skinger who volunteered at the Denver Botanical Gardens  in Denver, CO. 

Stan Skinger @ PondMegastore.com

Stan Skinger @ PondMegastore.com

The Stan Skinger Water Lily is a cross between the N. Golden West and the N. Golden West.  It is yellow when young and orange at maturity, similar to the Golden West.  The pads on the Stan Skinger Water Lily are heavily mottled with maroon streaks on a green background.  The Stan Skinger Water Lily is unique because of it’s flower color and it’s pads. It is one of my favorites and I think it will become one of your favorites as well!  There’s nothing like yellow water lilies when it comes to adding a splash of sunshine to your pond!  Remember that Stan Skinger water lily is a tropical and a great addition to your pond. It is medium in size.  Remember to deadhead your  water lilies and fertilize  them every two weeks.  You get larger blooms and more of them when you remember to do this, Water Garden enthusiasts.  Enjoy!

Nancy’s Pond. . .

February 28, 2009

by Nancy G. deGarmeaux:

     Hello Fellow Water Garden Fans,   Tomorrow is the 1st day of March and the pond season is upon us.  Days are getting longer, we “Spring Forward” next week, and we are all impatient for Spring to arrive.  Zac has asked me to fill in for him on his blog as he is busy on his website getting ready for the 2009 season!  The  pond plants and water lilies that PONDMEGASTORE has to offer this Spring are simply amazing. 

Mr. MARTIN E RANDIG          !!!NEW!!!

Mr. MARTIN E RANDIG !!!NEW!!!

  Many of these water lilies aren’t offered anywhere else.    I like to plan what plants I will be adding to my water garden this spring.  I usually start with the plants that I will submerge to oxygenate the water.  Then I like to add bog plants to give some definition to the pond.  Last but not least, I like to imagine  the exquisite water lilies that I will add to my pond.  I try to give my pond as much bloom time and interest as I can.  By bloom time, I mean I add water lilies that bloom day and night.  I add lilies that have longer bloom times throughout the day and that bloom from first bloom til frost.  I add interest by adding complimentary colors with my bog plants and ones with interesting shapes (sword-like leaves, fern-like foliage, spiky blooms,  etc. )  Nothing is quite as peaceful as water lily pads and blooms  “floating” magically on the calm water.  It’s also exciting to hear and see splashing water from the waterfalls and the flash of orange, red, yellow, or white koi or other fish in the water.  Once your plants are established and your snails, toads, frogs and other creatures are making their homes in your water garden surroundings bees and butterflies will be visiting for fly-by snacks or to add beauty just by their presence.     Two plants that I will be adding to my pond are Orange Sedge and Pluumbae Taro.  The Orange Sedge is an aquatic grass that grown 14-18″ tall.  Its’ bright orange color and  narrow blade-like leaves gives unusual color and texture and catches the slightest breeze.  The Taro “Plumbae” has large, shiny plum colored leaves that can grow to 4′ wide.    The Sensitive plant  is a tuber that can be potted or floated in your pond.  It has numerous yellow flowers and leaves that close instantly when touched.  All of these plants should compliment my yellow  Water Snowflake flowers in the calm, shallow end of my pond.  My Moon Dance water lily will add interest with its’ white flowers and mottled pads.  Try to remember not to overfeed your fish.  That’s one of the reasons you might have problems fouling the water.  Your pond is an eco system and the plants and fish create a “balance”.  We hope you enjoy  your water gardens and pond plants as much as I do.  Take care!  Think Spring!

New Beginnings!

February 5, 2009

  The new plant species are coming together. Look for them soon. The new design of this blog is coming together and I hope will be up by the 20th of February.

I spent about 9 days to visit with my parents, sister-in-law,  niece and nephew and was  without the internet for the last  few days in January. Yesterday, I had a good hour and a half meeting with a friend who will be one of the ladies operating some of the phones in the office.  Beginning around Mid March, when taking orders becomes a day to day operation,  I  may begin posting emails from customers with my answers , as many questions and answers are common and we spend hundreds of hours each year answering them. Hopefully,  the posts will cut down on common questions.

We do have 4 phone lines, more to take orders than questions. The average order takes 15 minutes, that means some take 4 minutes, some take 35 based on questions.

We do have 4 phone lines, more to take orders than questions. The average order takes 15 minutes, that means some take 4 minutes, some take 35 based on questions.

We have four phone lines here in the office, and each spring,  when it gets really crazy and all the lines are busy we get voicemails asking us why we are not answering the phones.  We will be working as fast as we can to place orders and answer questions.  We look forward to hearing from you!

emailing us questions is so much easier for us to answer back and forth and you can include images as can we!

emailing us questions is so much easier for us to answer back and forth and you can include images as can we!

E-mailing us is often an easier way to get questions answered, many of you like attaching photos with your questions which gives you more of an opportunity to ask your entire question or all your questions and we can respond back and forth as long as it takes. For us it is easier to email back and forth when there are breaks in phone calls during the day and also early in the morning and in the evening as we are closing. I can guarantee you, we will spend more time corresponding with you with better information no matter if you are a retail customer, nursery vendor, or landscape contractor new to installing water gardens.