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Spawn 2014

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 21:26

The frogs seem to have completed their spawn and have left the pond...now the toads have moved in and spawned today. (Essex)

help

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 21:40

I bought my barley straw from a QD store for very little. It depends on the size of you pond how much to put in...Monty Don  did give the ratio last year but I've forgotten. I stuff an old leg of a pair of tights or an onion bag full of the straw, tie off the end and then tuck it away under overhanging foliage at the side of my pond. You can weight it down so it is just below the water line. As it rots down it releases harmless chemicals in the water that deters the blanket weed. It  takes several weeks before it really starts to work (rotting down) but continues to work for months on end after that.

As has been said, take out as much of the blanket weed as you can by hand in order to help in its reduction.

Can you please help me identify this plant, x2 photos attached, thank you

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 21:27

Cut the old stems down to the base. You can see already the new foliage coming through and the shoots will follow. You don't need to do anything else.

help

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 21:14

I feed after flowering with ericaeous food - marked as camellia/rhododendron feed. I think the most important thing to do for a camellia is to make sure it doesn't go short of water in late summer/early autumn when it is making its flower buds for the following year.

Strange nandina?

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 21:03

I agree with wind damage particularly when looking at the ends of the leaves. Mine haven't started producing new foliage yet but should soon. I would give it a feed and some tlc to help it recover and I'm sure it will reward you.

Can you please help me identify this plant, x2 photos attached, thank you

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 21:00

Sorry artjak, it's definitely fennel. Seed heads on top photo and new foliage growing at base of plant in the second photo confirm it.

pergola - wisteria or clematis?

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 23:26

I have a thornless rose - Mortimer Sackler ( terrible name, lovely rose) and a clematis - The President on my arch. The rose is no bother I just tie it in and prune lightly in early spring - no thorns. there are quite a few available. The clematis also gets cut down in early spring and is covered with blooms all summer.

http://www.davidaustinroses.com/english/Advanced.asp?PageId=2026

Spawn 2014

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 23:09

Hi Mrs G, Couldn't believe my eyes - over 60!! Never had so many frogs...can't wait till the toads arrive to spawn, hoping they will be in spectacular numbers too   

A collection of unknown plants requiring identifying.

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 23:03

1 sickly rosemary

2 pink

3 pulmonaria

4 euphorbia

5 lilies

6 ? post again in a few weeks when we can see more

7 hardy geranium - just break bits off and pot up, all should take. very easy to propagate.

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