James 11

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Another mystery plant

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 13:47

Thank you! I'll be able to plan my cutting back a lot better now :) 

Another mystery plant

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 13:36

So I'm helping out in a friend's garden, and this plant seems to have spread through a lot of it. Going to be cutting a lot of it out I think, but just not sure what it is.. Kind of looks like a kind of thornless rose to me...

Any thoughts?

Pond Life Identification

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 21:31

I think Ostracods is it! Now I can read up on them and find out what they do..

Thank you both for your replies :)

Pond Life Identification

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 18:24

Hello! I've had my little bucket pond for a while and everything seems to be quite settled, just trying to identify a creature in it (see picture).

They are very small (less than a pin head size), jet about a fair bit, and don't seem too much of a bother to the plants in the water, just curious to tell what it is. The closest thing I've come across is a daphnia but I'm not convinced it's that...

Any thoughts?


Grass in Rose bed

Posted: 19/01/2016 at 14:34

Might not give you the look you're after, but you could sow yellow rattle to inhibit the growth of the grass, and also sow other (short) wildflowers to grow up below and around the roses. Maybe some ones that attract ladybirds to keep the aphids under control? 

Pond algae or some kind of spawn?

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 22:04

Firstly thank you all for your comments! Okay, so the algae is gone as best I could manage. Had to lift some plants. Was quite interesting how it had wrapped up the pots below the water too. 

oxygenating plants in the pond are
Eleocharis acicularis (which the water snails seem to quite like)

myriophyllum crispatum

another which looks similar to the one above but isn't the same

another one which looks like an oxalis (in the pic at the top of the post)

other plants in the pond

forget me not

typha minima (was hoping this might attract damsel/dragonflies)


also if there's interest, the pond dimensions are 60cm dia. 30cm depth. I think another problem with little ponds, aside from them being quite small to have a full ecosystem, is that it's raised above ground level, which makes it even more at risk from the sun with heating the sides too. Especially with having a black bucket as I do.. Thinking of painting it white to try and lessen the heating as well as sorting out more shade.

Mosquito larvae will stick around for now then. Should be good for bats at least.

Pond algae or some kind of spawn?

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 20:17

Thank you very much for letting me know, and so quickly will see what I can do about the mosquito lavae too now I know what they are...

Invasion....no likee

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 23:23

I've always been tempted to coat the garden in nematodes for ants  less aphid farming (which I'm sure helps spread blackspot on the roses), and less guards for the aphids, might help the ladybirds too.. and obviously no swarms of flying ants in hot weather

Pond algae or some kind of spawn?

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 23:14

Hello, something green has appeared on the top of my bucket pond, and wanted to check what you all think it might be. Should I skim it off and get rid?


and also wondered if you might know what a little critter is that's in the pond too (the little dark thing by the stem and edge of the leaf)


Clematis Montana Wilt

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 10:46

From what I know about clematis, so long as it's planted to a good depth of about a foot, then they're pretty tough. Even when clematis wilt looks like it's killed it, it only goes down to just below soil level, so you get new shoots after.

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