Florida Aquatic Nurseries Wins Best New Tropical Waterlily For The Third Year In A Row
Florida Aquatic Nurseries wins two awards at the annual International Waterlily and Water Garden Societies New Waterlily Contest. Nymphaea 'Bimini Twist' takes the honors as the Best New Tropical Waterlily for 2010 and also is the Second Best Overall Waterlily from over 30 entries in the contest. The IWGS waterlily competition was full of new and exciting entries this year with waterlilies in 4 categories; Tropical Day Blooming, Tropical Night Blooming, Hardy, and Intersubgeneric. Waterlilies were entered into the IWGS contest from around the world from places like Thailand, Cyprus, Canada, and the United States. The competition for top honors was tough with so many great choices. Nymphaea 'Wanvisa', a striking pink/orange colored hardy waterlily with red pads won Best Overall Waterlily.
For the third year in a row Florida Aquatic Nurseries takes the honors for the Best New Tropical Waterlily at the IWGS contest. The past winners were Nymphaea 'Tanzanite' 2009 and Nymphaea 'Ultra Violet' 2008. Hybridizing so many new and interesting waterlilies is not an easy task with many hours of hard work and dedication going into the production of each new waterlily. We were very fortunate to win the top honors in the tropical waterlily category for the past few years and will continue to produce exciting new waterlily hybrids for the future. Our goal is to produce exceptional new waterlily hybrids that are very unique and will be popular waterlily varieties in the water gardening industry for years to come..
Nymphaea 'Bimini Twist' is one of these exceptional new tropical waterlily hybrids with a purple flower and strikingly mottled pads. What sets 'Bimini Twist' apart from other tropical waterlilies is the amazingly full flowers. A high petal count is accentuated by the large number of petaloid stamens in the center of the flower. Very few other waterlilies exhibit this characteristic. Not only does Nymphaea 'Bimini Twist' have an eye catching flower, but its waterlily pads are also quite pleasing to the eye as well. A lime green base color is enhanced by deep merlot patches running through the waterlily pad similar to an older hybrid N. 'Leopardess'.
Naming a new waterlily hybrid is always a very difficult choice. How do you think of a name that can some how represent the plant, sound attractive, and be important to you as the hybridizer? One of our favorite past times here at Florida Aquatic Nurseries is fishing, with saltwater fishing ranking among the most exciting. A popular fishing knot in offshore saltwater fishing is named the Bimini Twist. We thought this would be an appropriate name because not only does it sound catchy, it reminds us of something we enjoy. For those who don't know the fishing significance it will bring ideas of the Bahamian island Bimini with brightly colored houses, some similar to the flower color, which has a slight twist of lighter coloration in the center.
Look for Nymphaea 'Bimini Twist' to be available in limited numbers for 2012.
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