Posted: 23/07/2015 at 18:31
OTrish - water hawthorn isn't very hardy so that might be part of the problem. I couldn't get it to stay alive here in Scotland. It's also been very cold through spring - my pond plants have been very slow to get going. They were only put in last year as small bare roots so they'll take time to establish. It does take time to get a balance and blanket weed always appears as the water warms up. As you may have seen from my post further up the page, I use watercress to get rid of it. My little pond is lovely and clear just now.
@@ - I had a pond when my girls were very small. They were taught to respect it and weren't left unsupervised. They loved watching everything in it and it brings so much pleasure. I've had gardens with ponds of all sizes and when I moved here, I couldn't stand not having one so I factored one into the design. I collected some frogspawn earlier this year on a walk in the Campsies and they've all grown and left the pond. I spotted one the other day when cutting some rocket for lunch. He'd made his way from the pond across the new lawn and into the little border across the path