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Posted: 02/11/2014 at 16:57

More digging done for path. Sore arms and it looks like I've done nowt 

Thought I'd better come in as the robin's getting shirty with me  - I keep disturbing him when he wants to get his tea  

Brisket in the slow cooker so not much to do for dinner. 

Dove - if you're looking I sent you  a PM - just about sticking some pond pix on if you get a chance, for a new poster who is enlarging his pond. Thought if we could put some photos on of completed ones it will help him with his ideas 


Posted: 02/11/2014 at 16:53

Better to split the plants Maureen. Geraniums divide very easily and even small pieces will grow away if they have some root attached. An established clump will survive quite happily having pieces hacked off. I've done some recently   

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Posted: 02/11/2014 at 15:05

Have sent you a PM Dave 

Enlarging a pond

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 15:01

Just the job Sbeetle  

A slope - or beach - is perfect for wildlife of all sorts to access the pond. Usually you lay gravel of varying sizes on the slope, with a few rocks etc to make it look as natural as possible. Once you get some planting round about the pond as well as in it you create a lovely habitat for all sorts of creatures and birds. Several forum members have ponds of this sort - Dove has created one this year and I'm sure she'll put a few pix on to give you an idea.

Mine is a tiny one - also just finished - and has shelves for marginals, a gravel slope and a planted area beside it with evergreens for cover , and  you could scale it up to any size you wanted. The deepest section is about 2 feet


Budlea Bush Pruning

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 14:41

Usually end of winter NewBoy - Feb/March to cut right back, but you can take branches back by about a third at this time of year if you want to prevent wind rock. Mature Buddleias are quite top heavy but they're also quite shallow rooted, so they can be prone to damage during stormy weather. 

Can I use any leaves for leaf mould?

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 12:22

Madeleine - I had a big maple in  a previous garden and had loads of leaves for leaf mould. I used a mesh bin but as the tree got bigger I put them in black bin bags with holes. They rotted down no problem in both cases. If you have a lawnmower with a collecting bag/box ( and the inclination!) - you can pile bundles of leaves on the ground and mow over them before you store them. It just makes them smaller and they break down a bit more quickly 

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Posted: 02/11/2014 at 12:15

It's great Dave and I know only too well how much grafting it is.

If you want any buddleia - I have cuttings from the big white one I inherited, and also Black Knight - would be only too happy to send them in spring as I won't have room for them here. I sent Gardengirl a white one earlier this year. 

What is this pond plant please?

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 11:17

Thanks for that Linda. Nice to have an expert looking in and helping out! 

Modern Technology etc.

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 09:06

I won't repeat here what I say to these cretins. It consists of two words and the second one is 'off'. They stop after that. No more Mr NIce Guy from me. 

Always read the label!

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 09:02

richondac - I do that too. I now try and make a list of what is going where especially if something else has to be moved in the process.

Only problem is - I can never find the list 

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