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whats wrong

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 08:32
Yes, leave them to grow into nice bushy plants - they'll die down over the winter and reappear in the spring - usually flowering May and early June.

They'll self-seed around lots as well, cross-pollinating with each other and producing variations on a theme.

Some of us find them addictive!

And there's absolutely no problem with buying plants from Lidl, Aldi or where ever - if there's a bargain to be had grabbit!

whats wrong

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 08:18
Hi Coys - that's an aquilegia - has it flowered this year? They're perennials so they don't flower in their first year.
Mine always go like that after they've flowered - I cut them back and they grow new foliage.
I wouldn't cut them back in their first year as they need to build up strength to flower the following year.


Posted: 28/06/2014 at 08:16
Good morning KEF and Bekkie

It does seem that there's a serious blip with the Board this morning - I've sent a message to Daniel and also emailed the tech team, but as it's the weekend I hope that Daniel is having a good time and not thinking about work - I've no idea how many techies there are on duty over the weekend .............. but anyway I've put a post on here explaining how to change to Basic Edit mode if people are having problems - I'll be out this afternoon so please can people bump it up if it disappears off the bottom of the first page - don't want new people to be unable to post their problems - although it's going to be difficult for those affected to post photos. :-/


Posted: 28/06/2014 at 08:06
Hi, it appears that there's some sort of malfunction on the Forum at the moment making it difficult to post. Daniel and the Web Team have been informed - however this is the weekend .... Until the problem is fixed we can get around it by: 1. Go to your Settings in the drop down menu under your name in the top righthand corner of the page 2. Click on Forum Settings 3. Click on Basic Editor rather than Advanced Editor 4. Click on Save Changes You should now be able to post on the forum and send Private Messages. However we won't be able to post pictures and smileys can only be made by using punctuation marks if you know how to do it. E.g. : and ) should appear as a smile. Please can people keep bumping this up to stop it falling off the bottom of the first page, so that new posters see it. Thanks.


Posted: 28/06/2014 at 06:19
I used to feed the birds at work and we had the shepherd's crook poles I mentioned - young squirrels found a way of shinning up the pole - until I smeared it with cooking oil - the looks on their faces as they leapt onto the pole and then slid down was priceless


Posted: 28/06/2014 at 06:00
Good morning all

It's no good Monty being on after 9 - I was sound asleep - good job I'd set it to record!

Panda, exciting down your way! Sometimes like that where daughter lives - policemen hanging around, 'copter hovering overhead sort of stuff - if she's feeling nice she'll take a tray of tea mugs out to the policemen

Grey, damp and misty here this morning with very noisy magpies shouting around the place. Doesn't look like a gardening day so far ........

Blanket weed

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 05:50
I just poke a bamboo cane into it and twist it, a bit like spaghetti on a fork and pull it out. Not too much at a time or you pull all the pondweed out with it. Then I spread it out to make sure there's none of the larger pond inhabitants in in there and leave it on the side of the pond for the small ones to find their way back to the water, which they do.

The pond can go for ages with only a tiny amount of blanket weed in it, which is fine because some of the wildlife in the pond likes it, but then suddenly it increases, and this is when I remove most of it.

mosquito larvae

Posted: 28/06/2014 at 05:42
I never quarantine any plant I put in my pond - mosquitoes lay their eggs anywhere. Any bowl or bucket in the garden with an inch of water in it soon becomes the home for lots of little mosquito larvae - they're everywhere.

mosquito larvae

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 19:13

When our pond was new, as soon as the water settled and plants were introduced we began to see lots of larvae - the progeny of gnats and mosquitoes who just fly around in the garden trying to dodge the bats - then the beetle larvae appeared and ate some of the larvae, and frogs and newts appeared and ate some more of them - had there not been a plentiful supply of food the newts and frogs probably wouldn't have considered it suitable residence. 

All part of the Balance of Nature 

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