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WARNING: Froglets & porous Paving do not mix.

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 14:38

Hi,

We have 2 small wildlife ponds, which were just dug, lined and filled from the tap. Added a few oxygenating plants and left alone. After a year we have common newts (and young), frogs, tadpoles, damselfiles and pond-skaters just to name the easy to spot ones. We are lucky living next to a wood and suspect all this wildlife was always there just waiting to colonize.

However as froglets are now emeging from the ponds, I noticed a few were getting their wet little feet stuck to some new concrete paving stones around the pond edge .

I spent a couple of days patrolling and wetting the stones to release them but have now taken up the stones altogether and will replace with planting to pond edge and rounded cobbles to give them plenty of cover.

I would like to use the stones elsewhere in the garden but need to seal them to prevent any other problems. Can anyone recommend an environmentally friendly and safe sealent that I can use ? I see some advertised at DIY stores, has anyone used them ? 

Thanks Alan

ID Pond Plant please

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 13:55

Hi again,

just an update on the identity of this plant, after seeing the exactly thr same plant at a garden centre, it is actually "Hottonia palustris" or Water Violet or  Featherfoil.

Thanks to all who responded.  Alan

ID Pond Plant please

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 17:14

Thanks V. Much,

I had rejected these as I could only find them for aquatic tanks and none seemed to be hardy. However the plant in our pond has survived several winters even when ice was nearly an inch thick. But looking in WIKI it mentions flowers just like the ones we have on stalks which arise from the water, for Cabomba caroliniana. I note that in Australia it has become an invasive weed in wild water, and categorised as "Restricted Plant (Class 5 noxious weed)"   so I will make sure it does not escape from the pond.

Thank you for solving this mystery so quickly.  Alan

ID Pond Plant please

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 16:11

Hi Reb,

'fraid it is not a match as mine is completely submerged and used by the local newts to lay eggs on. but the Mazus reptans alba looks an attrative marginal, I may have to add.

Thanks Alan

ID Pond Plant please

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 16:05

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ID Pond Plant please

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 16:04

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ID Pond Plant please

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 15:54

Hi,

I have spent some time trying to identify a  pond plant, which has delicate snowflake like leaves that grow in layers and has just thrown up a flower spike with layers of pretty white flowers with yellow centre appox  5mm . Can anyone please ID it for me ? 

I tried to insert pictures but could not upload from "My Computer"

Thanks Alan

 

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