C. reginae in a bog garden?

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Abgeschickt von Tristan Hatton-Ellis am 28 Mai, 2003 um 01:33:50

Hi there,

My parents have a pond in their garden in Devon, SW England, in which I am considering trying a Cypripedium reginae. The pond was created about 10 years ago and was partially backfilled to create a marshy area. In this is planted various marginals, including two large specimens of Royal Fern Osmunda regalis and a decent-sized bed of Sweet Galingale Cyperus longus. Over time the Cyperus in particular has formed an impenetrable mat of roots and organic matter that sits just above the water table (about 10-20cm in summer, 5cm or so in winter). In it grows Marsh Buckler Fern Thelypteris palustris, and numerous self-seeded Southern Marsh Orchid Dactylorhiza praetermissa. From the literature it appears that C. reginae and possibly other N. American Cyps (parviflorum?) may be worth a try in this sort of habitat. Can anybody advise? The mat never gets badly flooded because the pond is slightly raised, allowing water to drain away. However, in winter the water level may be quite close to the roots.

Any thoughts appreciated!



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