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Swallows nest

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 22:33

It was my job JonesK - for twenty years before I had my girls.  We had competition horses and ponies. I now work in a different part of the organisation - we make rosettes for events all over the country and further afield too  

New wildlife pond - what should we expect to colonise it first?

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 22:14

Hi Merryweather - I've used watercress in every pond I've had to keep blanketweed at bay. 

The handfuls I chucked in mine a few months ago are flowering just now and doing a great job of keeping the water clear. The tadpoles had somewhere to hide too 

We have quite soft water here (Scotland) so I don't know if that makes it easier to grow - but I've never tried growing it to eat. Perhaps I'll try it!  I think you can buy seed and grow it in buckets or troughs so it might be worth researching. 

Plants around a pond advice

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 18:43

Unfortunately, I don't have time or energy to slug and snail hunt Hosta, and they're horrific here with all the wet weather we get. I do have a few hostas that I rescued here when I moved in, desperate to be moved from under the huge conifer at the back of the garden. I might manage to squeeze one into the shadiest end.... 

Swallows nest

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 18:40

How lovely JonesK. You're doing a grand job of parenting 

I work at a stable so we have loads of old buildings and swallows have been nesting there as long as I can remember - which is well over forty years. You can't help smiling when you see them 

Plants around a pond advice

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 18:35

Struggling for room in my teeny weeny fairy sized pond plot Hosta 

Mowing thrills and spills!

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 18:33

Ohh - I see what you mean Steve ....not that kind....

New wildlife pond - what should we expect to colonise it first?

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  

Plants around a pond advice

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 18:19

Sorry Pam - I had to go back to work after that last post! Yes the plants on the right hand side are just the soil that was there with a bit of compost added. The 'blob' on the far right is actually a tree stump which was impossible to get out so we organised the pond round it. The soil is clay but I added plenty of grit to bed and there's a fair mix of plants. This pic shows the Irises just after I put them in (Chrysographes) with the tree stump in front of them, and there's a Libertia, a Phormium and a Clematis Niobe which is flowering it's head off just now.


Digging in gravel

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 17:55

Once you've offloaded some to the neighbour, dig the remaining stuff in with some manure and compost and you'll have a good medium for your hedging Nick. 

Plants around a pond advice

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 12:43

Yes- I used that in a former pond to do the same job, and the little pool in that first pic has landscape fabric lining the rocks as there's some aquatic soil in with the water for the marginals  

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