The information I gleaned about my dwarf water lily (Nymphoides peltata) was that it was a vigorous plant, so much so that it could be invasive. However, last year it showed no such characteristic. Then of course it died down over winter and we had the very dry spell this spring.
Fortunately, with all the rain in recent weeks, it has shown more than signs of life. In fact, the leaves are starting to cover the pond surface and so it should surely be doing its job of oxygenating the water.
I’m now excited to see how much further it will extend. Will it, for example, grow into the shallower part of the pond? I hope so – but then the birds might have other ideas about its presence, as this is where they like to bathe.
At the moment, it seems they don’t need to bathe, as there is plenty of water falling out of the sky. They are also more than happy to drink from the various small containers dotted about the garden. So, the dwarf water lily may grow undisturbed. For now.