POND PLANTS - Am I worrying over nothing?
WALES, United Kingdom
I purchased a starter pond kit which I popped in the pond last week - see blog 'On Golden Pond'. I did as the kit said and popped the marginal into one basket with clay and small gravel on top, 6 oxygenators in the second basket with clay and small gravel on top and the miniature lily in the third basket with clay and gravel. Finally, the 2 floaters wer popped on along with the snails.
Everything seemed fine until the past 2-3 days. The water has gone very murky and the lily will not open and is half under water. I'm really new to all of this and may be worrying for no real reason but a few questions:
1. Should the water be murky or is this just a change that happens in the process of 'settling in'?
2. Should I have cut the lily off before planting as it said to remove any buds and mature leaves? I did remove one leaf but left averrything else. Another leaf has since detached itself from the crown of the lily with its stem and was floating loose in the water - why?
Further details: We've had torrential rain on and off for a few days now. Sunnier today but Ali says the lily did not open.
Am I doing something wrong do you think? It suggested clay in the baskets so I used what was dug up to install the pond and covered the tops with small gravel, washed beforehand, again, as suggested.
Please put me out of my misery folks! I feel I'm failing miserably here!!
Thanks in advance.
- 29 Aug, 2009