Sunday night was Night at the Ponds at Hill Country Water Gardens. We go every year. They have expanded to almost double its previous size. The new area was just as well landscaped as the original. There was plenty for the early birds to look at around the parking area as there was beautiful beds everywhere.
When the gates opened at 7:00 there was already a large crowd and a long line. They had free wine from several different Texas wineries. I could hear the band as I walked in. They had a nice sound and the singer was very good. It's Austin so you would expect that.
I noticed that they had doubled their water lily ponds. There were many new varieties of lilies but the pond plant that caught my eye was a miniature lotus. It would just be perfect for smaller ponds and trough ponds. My pictures of the blooms didn't turn out very well. I so wished they had as it was a dark color of pink with a bright yellow seed pod in the center. Quite stunning and about the size of a hard ball. The leaves are about 8" in diameter. Not so big as to overwhelm a small pond.
Examples of different pond set ups and possibilities were everywhere.
A train set up had been incorporated into a new pond in the expanded area. The kids really loved it.
Most of the ponds are more natural looking but a new pond had been built of interest to the more formal crowd. It wasn't my cup of tea but I thought it was quite stunning none the less.
Although there was a 20% discount on everything, I took one look at the check out and decided not to even try. I did make a list of some new plants that I wanted. I hate standing in lines and putting out new plants really should wait till fall. Over all, a really enjoyable evening, walking through the plants, along the trails and around the ponds. Ya'll should try it next year.