A New Plan for the Water Bowl
There are two water features in the garden, the first being the urn fountain that remained running through the winter. The second one is the large water bowl that sits in the center of the courtyard area. I've never known what to call this - I usually find myself calling it the "water basin". Perhaps "water bowl" is a more adequate phrase. When we bought it, it was called a "bonsai bowl" on the receipt but I don't like that description either. Nevertheless, it is a large concrete bowl with a pump in it that bubbles the water. The bowl is shallow, therefore I give it a rest during the winter.
Last year, I planted Orange New Zealand Sedge (Carex testacea) around the bowl with pots of portulaca sprinkled among them. I have the Orange Sedge in other areas of the garden as well, especially in the front garden. Those areas had already started to brighten up with that characteristic orange shimmer but the sedge around the water bowl remained a drab brown and I soon realized that it was all dead. I wonder if the damp ground around the bowl (water splashes out) could be the culprit?
I decided not to replace the orange sedge and finally decided on Bowles' Golden Sedge (Carex elata). This is a sedge that likes wet areas but a concern is if it will handle the full sun here. In many cases, plants can take the sun if there is sufficient moisture. We will see what happens.
I planted nine sedges in groups of three. After looking at the photos, I wonder if I've planted them too close together. Some adjustment might be needed tomorrow. The spots in between will probably be filled with pots of annuals again although I think a groundcover type plant with blue flowers would be nice.
Prior to covering the bowl with a tarp in December, I cleaned it and I congratulated myself for doing that as I didn't have to worry with that today. I just swept out some minor debris. I did apply another coat of masonry protectant and let is dry for a few hours.