Ol’ Wally here with your water plants update:
Appears to me the filling of that little pool is too wet for one rain garden plant. The Swamp Verbena, Verbena hastata, wilted a week ago in the deep water, then slowly crumpled up. The gardeners here moved it to a dryer location, but it looks all in.
However, Miz Flora has, as usual, decided to differ with me.
“You should have taken a closer look,” Miz Flora said. “When they dug it up, the root ball was covered by an inch of mud that slid to the bottom of the rain garden pit.”
“And why would that make any difference?” I asked her.
The roots couldn’t breath when the pool dried up.”
“They couldn’t breath if the pool didn’t dry up. That plant is supposed to be able to tolerate standing water. Swamp Verbena.”
“It’s the mud, I tell you.”
“Nope.” I chittered at her. “Defective stock. It was raised in a dry pot, so it’s only used to dry earth.”
“Then under your premise, it should revive planted on dry land,” Miz Flora said.
“Yep, it should.”
She twitched her tail and chattered, “We’ll see.”
Hold on. Did that ornery woman just turn my reasoning around on me? I tell, you she’ll make me want to run into the street yet.
Anyhows, here’s a bloom from the iris she told me was Yellow Water Iris. Let’s see how she likes me posting that.