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08/06/2014 at 11:51

Nope it's not where you come to have your problems solved by Percy, it's where you come to solve Percy's problems, Would really appreciate id's for these two..

 Sorry pictures not that great..

 Thanks in advance for your help

08/06/2014 at 11:57

Another problem, what's the best way to stop the petals from getting into the little waterfall and eventually into the pond..


Best we can come up with is netting the bottom of the waterfall so as to catch the petals as they flow down...

08/06/2014 at 12:10

Some advice needed with this problem...

 Right in the corner where the hose for the pump comes out the pond it is pretty unsightly there is a plant just above that needs to come out, fortunately or unfortunately there's is a bees nest just below this plant, the entrance is between the light coloured rock and the exposed pond liner, we cant do anything until the bees move on, but want to take said plant out put trailing plant in and put pond plants in to cover liner and hose, question is can we safely use Glyphosate to remove plant and plant trailer in it's place, and if so any ideas for a trailing plant?

Thanks again in advance...

08/06/2014 at 12:13

The first looks like a self seeded holly and the second one a hardy geranium. Macrorrhizum?

08/06/2014 at 12:14

I wanted to say the first was a holly, but was maybe too obvious!

08/06/2014 at 12:17

First one's just a holly I think Percy and the second is geranium 'Wargrave Pink' - grows like  a weed everywhere up here. Netting is probably the best method.

Wouldn't use weedkiller if it was me. Think you'll just have to bite the bullet and dig that out when the time comes. Might be a bit messy but it will settle down in time. In my last garden we had a large pond which was spring fed and there was a little waterfall where the supply came in. We had a cotoneaster and lots of ferns there. Is it dry in that spot or damp? You can get evergreen ferns which would do the job well. Some of the sedges would work too especially if you plant them on an angle.

08/06/2014 at 12:22

Caltha palustris (marsh marigold) is another one that would fit in well Percy. Great pond/bog plant and pretty much evergreen 

08/06/2014 at 12:37

Thanks for your replies guys, the first picture might be some sort of Holly but it's not self seeding, it was forgotten about in a pot in quiet corner, when i discovered it i planted it under a cherry tree it had no label, like so many things in my garden..Geranium will suffice it is growing at side of shed will keep an eye on it FG..

You should know better FG "is it dry or wet" it's always wet in this lovely country of ours  no seriously it's dry due to the slope and rocks n gravel, unless the waterfall springs a leak.., we do love ferns, sedges i'll look into... FANKS 


08/06/2014 at 12:44

Lots of ferns are happy in dry conditions too Percy so you can always just try a couple of different things and see what does best. 

08/06/2014 at 12:48

I have a wee bog garden next to pond with marsh marigolds, iris's and houttuynia, suppose that would carry the theme..

08/06/2014 at 13:19

Thanks, Hogweed FG & SP93 been most helpful, Sweetpea when it comes to me and plants nothing is to obvious as i haven't got the foggiest what some of the most common plants are, if i didn't buy or plant it then it's a mystery to me, can you believe i went to collage and did horticulture & agriculture, though in my defence it was over thirty years ago, and my life took me in a completely different direction, until two years ago i haven't really done any gardening...

08/06/2014 at 13:20

Be careful with Houttuynia, it's a real thug once it gets going!

08/06/2014 at 13:47

Cheers P&P i found that out after i planted it in bog garden, didn't tell me that when i bought it, i put a couple of bits in containers in pond margins, more luck than judgement though..

08/06/2014 at 13:51

It can be a real nuisance Percy so just as well you've got it reined in!

The other thing you could  plant is something like an Acorus in the shallows there. That will hide the pipe. 

08/06/2014 at 14:17

Just looked up Acorus, that's just the fella i'm looking for really like that just what type to get, why do all plants have so many variations is it just to confuse us so we cant make up our mind which is best.. cheers again FG your more of an angel than a fairy if you ask me 

08/06/2014 at 14:21


Call me cynical Percy - but I think it might be to part us from hard earned wad...

The golden variegated one is nice.

08/06/2014 at 14:41

The Ogon one angelgirl?  looked at puddleplants and ebay will let the OH search and decide where we get it from, but deff having me some of that, it's just perfect for that problem spot...

11/06/2014 at 09:06

 Would be lovely to be able to give these plants a name..


11/06/2014 at 13:22

The first looks to me like a marsh orchid- but I got that out my wildflower book - I don't know if there are cultivated varieties but I'm sure someone will. 

The second, I'll say Ribes, I assume it flowered a few months back...and the third a hardy geranium but I don't know which...

I'm sure someone else will know the proper names

Love that astilbe btw

11/06/2014 at 15:42

Thanks Victoria,Ribes & Astilbe, two ID's for the price of one 

How are your FMN's doing in your pond? mine are just starting to flower so i assume yours are in full bloom..

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