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Wildlife pond - Algae and Newts

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 09:00

Is it the stringy green blanketweed?  A pump wouldn't solve that problem and would cause others.

I find that poking a bamboo cane into it and winding it around will pull it out - then I leave it on the bank for critters to crawl out - I do it in the evening so the weed doesn't dry out hard in the sun that way they can escape more easily.  

But some blanket weed is fine in a wildlife pond - as you say it's cover for newts and other wildlife   It sounds like a fantastic pond 


Posted: 20/05/2014 at 08:54

Oooh Pam, how exciting - I'd love to see cranes in the wild.  There are a few resident here in Norfolk on the Broads, but I don't think the general public are encouraged to go and have a look.

Morning Verdun, Tracey and others   Well, Cleve didn't get Best in Show, but he did get a gold so 

Best togs on, face and toenals painted, suncream and hat found, camera batteries and mobile charged, plants assembled - have I forgotten anything? ...............whoops! Panda's pressie 


Posted: 20/05/2014 at 07:12

We're on free-draining sandy loam over chalk - when we came here in 2011 it was more like sandy gravel than sandy loam - we dig in well rotted farmyard manure and homemade garden compost and leaf mould every spring before planting and the soil is nigh on fantastic now.  

Yes, we do a bit of watering in dry spells, but that's gardening 


Posted: 20/05/2014 at 07:06

Oh good morning KEF and Chicky   Have a lovely time at Chelsea Chicky - I love Cleve West's garden and think that's my favourite for Best in Show (although not keen on the fountain - I think I could've designed something more in keeping - he's a friend of a friend, so I'll pass that on 

I know the Telegraph one is very cool and elegant etc, but isn't the show called the Chelsea Flower Show???

Any experience with Wysteria cuttings

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 07:01

There were some threads about it a while back - I've found ths one 


Posted: 20/05/2014 at 06:51

Fg - there's a threat of thundery showers around Bressingham this afternoon - if you could wave your wand that'd be much appreciated - don't want anything to deter us from icecream eating ................ err, that'll be looking at and photographing plants 

The hedgehogs are back

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 06:45

That's great news - we had (at least) three hedgehogs in the garden the other night - we were pretty certain that at least three were visiting us as we'd seen two at one time and one at another, but that was the first time we'd seen all three together.  I've a feeling there may be one other as we've always had a much bigger one (known as Hefty) and he wasn't one of the three.  

They make so much noise pushing their dish around on the terrace that they woke OH up - not me, I can sleep through almost anything  - except I do remember being woken a couple of summers ago by a nightingale singing in the garden while on holiday near Bodmin Moor. 


Posted: 20/05/2014 at 06:39

Good morning all - Bressingham here we come 

BL, I've not taken sugar in my coffee (only drink Darjeeling tea and that only occasionally) since I was 11 when I discovered that my Gardening Granny didn't take sugar and I thought it must be very grown up not to take sugar, and above all I wanted to be grown up ...................... I'm still waiting 

Aperol and soda's very similar to Campari but without the bitters taste, and very cooling.  

Visit to Bressingham Gardens Tuesday 20th May

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 06:33

Perhaps we could arrange a Lincolnshire meet sometime - we could stay at MIL's in S. Lincs which would mean we were halfway there already - I'm quite keen on seeing the walled gardens at Normanby Hall - where else is there to choose from in your direction? 


Anyway, we digress - for today the forecast has changed a bit and they're talking about the possibility of thundery showers this afternoon - I'm not going to allow it and will get Fg to wave her wand (however, I shall bring a waterproof jacket as everytime I do that it's never needed).  More important will be sunscreen, floppy hats and money for icecream   oh, and fully charged cameras 

See you soon Panda - you know where and when 


Posted: 20/05/2014 at 06:23

Mike - bless you I know the catheter is grim, my Pa has had one for over 4 years.  It'll soon be out and you'll be feeling much more like yourself.  Try to look forward to sitting out in your garden and enjoying the summer - if you can relax the pain will ease.

Some of us are going to Bressingham Gardens today so I'll post some pictures this evening.  I'll have an ice cream on your behalf - I'm so kind 

Thinking of you ((hugs))

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