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Plant Identity Needed Please

Posted: 13/06/2017 at 18:18

Well the seed heads are like dandelions Sloth, so the seed probably floated into your garden on the breeze 

Plant Identity Needed Please

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 22:53

I've got the smaller tragopogon pratensis with yellow flowers, or 'Jack go to bed at noon' 

Dye to prevent duckweed and algae

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 18:33

Now Victor really could moan 

Dye to prevent duckweed and algae

Posted: 07/06/2017 at 13:39

Exactly Lyn!! 

Dove don't spoil it, we're having a good moan 

Dye to prevent duckweed and algae

Posted: 06/06/2017 at 22:37

I shook my head when I saw that dye being used on GW. Was the presenter on commission? Ponds just do not need chemical intervention. Algae blooms won't do any harm, nor will blanket weed. They are part of the natural process of a new pond and will disappear once the higher plants take hold, even with a pond in full sun. Not that I need to tell that to other posters to this thread. It just amazes me how us humans feel the need for total control...

Brooklime and Water forget me nots

Posted: 05/06/2017 at 23:14

Hi Angie, I have both in my pond and have found brooklime to be the more vigorous to the point of invasive. My pond is about 2.5 metres x 2 and the brooklime had no trouble covering the whole surface, since then I've had to haul out big clumps.

Both can be rooted in gravel as the plants will take nutrients from the water and decaying matter trapped in the gravel. Also they pull free relatively easily if you need to reign them in. Water forget-me-not is better behaved, another good plant is lesser spearwort with it's buttercup-like flowers.

Your pond looks lovely 


Posted: 05/06/2017 at 19:55

Ash for sure, I get them all the time.

Seedlings wiped out

Posted: 31/05/2017 at 19:02

This is a perennial problem Glen and one with no clear answers. I've used salt around plants but as you say, this can leech into the soil and do more damage than slugs/snails. I've used the new 'wildlife friendly' pellets but our terrier was off colour for a few days after and I don't think it was coincidence. I've used beer traps but while these do catch some, plenty more slide on by and on to the plants. I've got a pond and a population of frogs but still plenty of slugs. And can frogs even eat the shells on large snails? As Bob says, going outside with torch and a bucket of salty water is the only way I think.

gallery of shame

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 14:35

Nothing wrong with a bit of mess, a clinical garden offers nothing for wildlife. As Bill Oddie once said on Springwatch, 'say yes to mess'. 

Plant identification

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 23:04

Hiya nut 

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