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I've got a new butterfly

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 20:17

Is the small Copper similar in size to the little Orange Tip ones? We get those here, and they're very small.

I've seen lots of little Fritillary types when hillwalking, but never close enough to  get photos or see them properly.

I mean me hillwalking, not the butterflies.....   

Imagine how tiny their little boots would be? 

I've got a new butterfly

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 19:50

He's lovely nut.  Don't think we get them up here. Lots of peacocks appearing now and hopefully red admirals soon. Torties are in abundance though. A family went past my garden the other day and, as I have buddleias next to the boundary which were covered in torties, I heard the little boy saying excitedly to his mum  'I saw an orange butterfly'. They stopped to look so I had a chat with them. Nice when you see kids showing some interest. 

That black insect looks a bit like a wood wasp. There's lots of different types of those so maybe a possibility.

Pond Profile

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 19:43

The floaty stuff is duckweed - you can scoop it out with a net and the other stuff is Elodea. It's the most common oxygenator adn alwasy reckoned to be the best, but it does get a bit invasive unfortunately. Blanket weed is manky looking stuff - like thick, gungy, bubbly green soup BC 

Am I selling it to you?  

Your pond looks very clear so the Elodea's doing it's job! When the water heats up in spring that's when blanket weed usually starts to take over. Once you have some cover from floating plants it usually gets better, and the oxygenators help of course.

Pond Profile

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 19:23

Brilliant! Sorry haven't been on here since yesterday so didn't see you posts. I think we've got quite a few  pond threads but no reason why you can't just put pix here 

That's a great plot you have BC -loads of scope. nice to have a pond sited where you can  see it form the house, because during winter as well as on wet days, you can watch the goings on. I had a partly raised pond in  a previous garden and it worked well. My children were young so they could stand there safely  and see things up close 

Can you see yours from the house Lyn? At my last house we had a big pond which we could see from the conservatory. It was terrific to have so much wildlife which we could watch almost all year round. Too cold in winter as it was too big a room to heat, but we got so much enjoyment from it. I've started a little pond here and will take pix as I go along. Looking forward to seeing all the progress and the final results.

I do love a pond 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 18:58


It would do my eldest daughter! 

This was the star in my garden on Saturday - after being very elusive a few days before, he decided to pose nicely on the white buddleia with three of his friends



Posted: 11/08/2014 at 18:45

About to do dinner but just having a quick break and a catch up. Dried up here this afternoon and was windy so I got out and cut the grass and edged it when there was a brief interlude after work and taking daughter out - before the rain came back on. Had to tie in some of the sweet peas that had struggled to stay attached to their canes but not too bad apart from that. Despite sheltering the first canna flower that was about to open,  the wind decimated it   

Such is life. We've mainly just had lots of rain, so lucky compared to some. 

That's a nice thread Daniel and 'the magazine' have started for ID-ing plants. I don't need to use it though - I've planted everything that's in this garden myself, apart from a few easily identifiable shrubs! 

Veg bake sounds good - do you mainly have root veg and things like toms, broccoli and cauli, and a cheese sauce KEF?  I like that kind of meal but the girls wouldn't, so not much point making it just for me. 

Off to see what else is going on 


Posted: 11/08/2014 at 15:58

They just get shorter, as OL says, and some varieties are shorter stemmed anyway.

You'll just have to find some smaller vases brockley! 

Pond Profile

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 15:55

Lyn's advice is good BC. Marginals need around 4"/6" of water and the width of the shelf depends on how big a plant you're putting there. A smaller pond wouldn't need it so wide.  If you don't want to bother with a lower shelf, you can put planting for deeper areas on bricks in the bottom of the pond to get them at the desired height. It largely depends on the depth of the pond and what sort of planting you want to put in it as well. Remember to make some room for planting round about it - for wildlife to hide in. 

We'd like pix of all these new ponds please! 

Talkback: How to maintain a garden pond

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 15:46

It can be a problem if it takes over and your pond is quite big - it means wading in. I've had ponds of differing sizes and it's fine if you can reach the bottom fairly easily from the pondside to pull bits out , but in a bigger pond I'd stick it in some baskets with  gravel on top to keep it weighted down. It roots into the floor of the pond but if it's in a container you can hook it out more easily and keep on top of it. 

Wind damaged Buddlea

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 19:22

It's a common problem when they're so hefty at this time of year Fishy. 

I've sometimes taped broken bits back in place with electrical tape or gaffer tape. As long as there's enough contact between both bits that break, and the split's not too severe, they usually make it. 

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