Posted: 30/06/2015 at 19:55
Lovely to hear about the hedgehog - yes, put water out - ours drink lots every night
Lesley and everyone - thanks for kind thoughts about Ma - it is lovely to see her happy when it could have been so different.
Gardengirl - we use Blagdon Barley Straw Extract, and follow it up with Blagdon Bio-Active Sludge Control, which eats the dead blanket weed. Regular treatment is working well and it's also keeping the duckweed to a minimum It doesn't affect the wildlife, the water is lovely and clear and it's simple to use once you've worked out how many litres of water there are in the pond
29.7C earlier in the shady breezy corner of the garden by the path around the side of the house.