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Photos of your ponds please

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 16:11
Lindsay4 wrote (see)

Fantastic pond photos everyone. Mine is possibly the tiniest one shared here, as I created it a few weeks ago using a washing up bowl! It's given a great feature to the garden despite its tiny size and the Hoverflies and Wolf spiders have been very attracted to it.

Here's how it started...


 And this is how it looked after planting and adding more stones etc....


 I've since added more plants and larger rocks into the surrounding area, so it looks much more natural and sits well within the rest of the garden.

A very handsome pond and one I'm sure the wildlife will love. I'm sure you'll find frogs hibernating under those stones in the winter. I had 5 under one like those one year. I was horrified I'd lifted off the rock and quickly and carefully put it back. My pond was no more than a square meter.

Grow Wild - Campaign to get UK people to grow more native wild flowers

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 15:57
nutcutlet wrote (see)

I have a fine collection of weeds. 


Prizewinning. I'm sure.

Grow Wild - Campaign to get UK people to grow more native wild flowers

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 14:55

The wild flowers will only find their way into your garden if they're there locally, if not then the only way they can get to your garden is if you put them there. I really wouldn't want to wait for chance, you might be waiting an awfully long time. By the way,a weed is simply a plant in the wrong place and what are commonly known as weed are still pretty much weeds in parts of my garden if not all of my garden. I'm sure nut has a good list of those.

Help with ID please

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 14:47
Patsy F wrote (see)

1st.  Wood anemone?

No, Anemones

 have much bigger flowers and usually singularly, that's some kind of umbelliferous arrangement, but it's not the best photo for ID. 



Posted: 01/05/2014 at 14:43
No expert wrote (see)

Had two rows. Transplanted and divided one bed, 39 crowns. probably 20 in the other, will divide next november.

Oh, yes, I remember your photo now. Very envious.


create meadow?

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 14:33

I've always missed this thread. Looks as though you're doing well Nick, I wish you the best of luck with your project. You do need a bit of patience. My meadow here is coming up to the start of the fifth year. Things do take time to establish when grown in grass the natural way and sometimes you think you've lost some but suddenly you see you haven't lost it at all and then get an explosion of flowers. I have Loads of cowslips in flower at the moment it really makes all the hard work worth while. Just at the moment Nick you'll see flower heads of Sweet Vernal Grass, they won't be ready for setting seed for a good while but if you find any remember where they are and go back to collect seed. The grass smells wonderful when disturbed or cut. The roots have an odd smell of detol too, very odd but a lovely grass, it tastes very much like coconut when you chew on a bit. Though if you have any blood thinning medication don't eat too much as it does thin the blood.


My apple tree isn't well

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 14:16

Note to self don't click refresh.

My apple tree isn't well

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 11:14

I did notice a very odd green vine.

Sun Flowers

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 11:08

It doesn't matter. There's a lot of rules that make little difference and are followed as if the world will end if you don't but don't worry.

My apple tree isn't well

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 19:35

Damaged bark looks like frost canker, nothing too serious. 

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