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Orange flowers

Posted: 11/09/2012 at 09:05

Buddleia globosa; crocosmia; Chilean Glory vine - climber;  Hope you win the lottery to get a bigger garden to put all the plant suggections in and be able to afford them too! Though the glory vine will grow from seed easily.

Daffodil varieties for St David's Day

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 23:26

Hi, there are some varieties which produce more than one flower and so give you a longer flowering period - I would recommend Tete a tete is a small daff so it doesn't succumb to the wind as the large flowered ones do, has 1-3 flowers, flowers early spring  and is readily available. It grows well in pots and in the ground. 

Wildlife Pond

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 23:19

Congratulations on your pond.

You say you have a prefomed pond so the first thing you will need to do (if you haven't already) is create an entrance/exit point for wildlife. Most preformed ponds have steep sides and you will have to creat a slope by filling one side (probably from the shallow shelf to the edge)  with stones, bricks... anything that can give a place for toads, newts to crawl in/out. If you know anyone with an established pond a jam jar full of the mud from the bottom of it would help get yours off to a flying start.

There are 3 types of plant that you can use in ponds. Firstly oxygenators - totally submerged in the pond and they help to oxygenate the water. eg pond weed Potamogeton  

Marginals - they sit in shallow water on the shelf of your pond. eg Marsh marigolds - Caltha palustris. Be careful as these plants come in all sorts of sizes and you need a small one; a small iris -; Bowles Golden Grass.

 Floaters - leaves float on the surface of the water and roots remain below. eg Water lily - you will need a pygmy one as normal ones will get very big.

Unfortunately, it is not a great time of year to buy pond plants as most of them start to die back in autumn and the garden centres will probably not have a good range.

As your pond is small you will need to go for small plants and choose carefully or you will be forever pulling out/dividing plants. 

Around the edge of your pond the soil will not be wet but if you recognise where your pond over flows when full you could make a bog garden and be able to plant bog plants..

You will want ground cover that will not drop too many leaves into the water and yet give good cover to wildlife and pond edge - Euonymus fortunei 'Golden Tip'; Geranium macrorrhizum; Ajuga

I hope this helps - I also hope I haven't offended you as you may know a lot of what I have written.

Mexican Orange Blossom

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 22:30

How big is it? The plant sounds as though it is settling in well and putting on may not be big or established enough for flowering just yet - hopefully next year. 


Posted: 10/09/2012 at 20:58

Toads spend most of their time out of a pond and are usually only in it when spawning. They tend to live in damp places. Mine like to be in my compost heap; green house; under stones/old flower pots. Don't be too tidy. Leave space under your net for small animals  to get in and out of your pond if you net it. Inspect your net regularly in case anything has got caught in the net. I don't net my pond but lift the leaves off regularly with a net before they rot and sink.

Help me identify this flower

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 18:22

Your plant is a Crinum - I have a dark pink one; beautiful!

Plant ID

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 09:31

No photo - I can't access it either.

no blueberries

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 22:36

I would blame the weather I have two  blueberry bushes identical age, size, treatment etc. one fruited, the other did strawberries on the same plot - woeful and the raspberries - wonderful, picked another bowlful today....apples dreadful, tomatoes v. late, cucumbers fruiting well but late....and so it goes on. I do feel the weather has played a larger part than normal in the total success or failure of many crops this year.

Electric hedgecutters

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 22:31

Hi, I have just had to replace my hedge trimmer and went with a bigger brother of the Bosch range (AHS 6000). I am very happy with it. It is a much sturdier builtd than my former one. I bought mine from Homebase and you are able to pick them up in store and feel the weight at shoulder height etc. My new one is heavier than my old one but it gets through the work (hawthorn hedge) much quicker and easier. If you are worried about the weight, length of blade etc., I would take your old hedge trimmer along with you so you can compare the two without the guess work. Hope this helps.

Evergreen hedging query

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 21:34

Holly  is a good suggestion - prickly but not too prickly to cut, berries, wildlife friendly and it looks great. I have planted siome young plants and they have grown more quickly than I expected. I think planting a new hr=edg will be a lot easier than digging out the bamboo! 

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