Glosso Over Wintered!

April 20th, 2008

Since the weather is getting warmer, I’ve been working outside in the garden a bit, and part of that includes getting my raised brick pond ready for plants. Last fall, I pulled out most of the plants, drained the pond, and stacked most of the pots, bricks, and trays that I used as aquatic planters inside the pond for the winter. Of course, shortly after doing so, we got some rain, and it wasn’t long before the pond was full again. Instead of fighting mother nature, I just let it be, and as winter came in, the pond turned into one solid block of ice.

Glosso Over Wintered

So, today when I start pulling out some of the pots, I’m quite surprised to see something green in one of them, all the way at the bottom of the pond. Somehow, Glossostigma elatinoides has managed to overwinter. Forget for a moment, that I don’t even remember putting this plant out in my pond last year, but I guess it was planted as a tag-a-long to some other plant, and managed to establish itself. Being at the dark bottom of the pond, the growth is pretty leggy, but I’m impressed nevertheless. Perhaps I shouldn’t be, however, as Glossostigma cleistanthum is known to inhabit waterways north in New Jersey. All-in-all, I’m going to allow it to continue growing, and allow it to create a nice carpet in this pot.

2 Responses to “Glosso Over Wintered!”

  1. Aaron Says:

    That’s pretty cool man. Perhaps more likely than overwintering is that it seeded it self from flowers that bloomed last summer. I grew Glosso in my pond one summer and it flowered quite frequently.

  2. guitarfish Says:

    That’s a good possibility. Although, I like to think that I would have noticed a flower. I don’t even remember planting it, but you very well could be right. Thanks!

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