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Jim Macd

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Filtering the water of a newly made wildlife pond

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 17:24

What I've done with my pond is to attach the overflow from my water butt to a pipe I buried, the pipe then pops up just to feed into the pond. I also added a 'T' junction to that pipe so I can empty the whole water butt into the pond from the bottom tap. Essentially I can can refresh the whole of the water in the pond in 4 normal showers. If the water looks a bit cloudy I just empty one of the water butts. It works a treat. I couldn't attach both butts directly so I just run the hose out to the butt that sits on the drive. The nutrients don't get a chance to build up. By the way, great plants for stabilising soil are Salad & Great Burnet they've got very fine roods and salad burnet is great in salads as well as being a native evergreen.

Inarching update

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 18:12

You're welcome Dove, glad you found it interesting.   

Inarching update

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 16:28

Just to show they're still doing well and not a too embarrassing crop for a small tree, Picked a couple already but this one's best left until November. It's thrown up another sucker too. I'm letting it grow so I can take it off in the winter hopefully it will have some root of its own. Nice to graft something interesting on then give them away to friends.

I just noticed those nasty snags. They've been there since I bought it. I'm off to tidy those up.   

Wild Garlic

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 17:37

If they're Ramson, then the bulb is shaped like squid and of course smells strongly of garlic.




Looking at this photo is making my nose twitch and my mouth water. I love them and can't imagine ever having too many, that would be like having too many black truffles. If they are Ramsons then use them in your cooking or sell them to the gastropubs in spring. 

Grape Hyacinths are starting to grow now and the bulbs are round.

Mirabelle de Nancy plum

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 19:14

Yes, not to be rude, but yes, the answer is, I'm sure, just pollination. If you don't have flowers then you won't get fruit, if you get fruitlets but they all drops off then it's stress of some kind. If you don't get any fruitlets forming and you've had flowers then it has to be pollination. Don't forget your cherry plum will flower very early in the year when there is very few pollinating insects about. I had cherries on my Prunus incisa for the first time this year in over four years of beautiful shows of flowers, why?, I cross pollinated it myself with a feather duster, not to pollinate the P. Incisa but to get pollen from it for other early cherries. Prunus Incisa if you don't know it is flowering beautifully by the second week in March up here in Durham while most other things are still fast asleep. Anyway, the point is no bees, no cherries unless you do the job yourself. Yes, a pollinator will help but if you don't have bees no matter how many pollinators you've got you'll need to do the job yourself. We have lots of Cherry Plums in the hedgerows up hear and get a few plums each year but I'm sure we'd get orders of magnitude more if there were more bees about. And no, apples won't help in the least, they're not nearly closely related enough. 

Mirabelle de Nancy plum

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 11:35

Why are you moving your cherry plum close to your apple tree? What will that do?

Mirabelle de Nancy plum

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 11:16

If your tree had blossom but no fruit and never had fruitlets then it's a pollination issue, assuming everything else is fine. I've got two  that have been shoved in a hedge for just a year and a bit, they've had bigger fruit than my moly coddled plums this year. I did hand pollinate though. With so few bees and pollinators around you can't rely on them to do the job, and no amount of nectar rich plants in your garden is going to help if there's no bees there in the first place because they've been killed off by ant killer and other pesticides people scatter round like salt on chips. I know most harm is being done by farmers but if we don't do our bit the bees are stuffed and your crops along with them. 

Astrantia Roma

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 10:40

An, great, thanks Verdun, I was hoping it was something like that. It is a young plant, when it first opened it was pure white, which was really frustrating because I've a garden full of white ones, lol, but then the actual flower bits turned red, so that was a bit of a relief, at least it was different to the ones I had. It is in a very shady spot it's tucked under a box tree. You plant things when they're tiny time after time not thinking quite how big they'll get. I'll move it in the autumn then. That really does explain the two photos above then. I thought I was doing it a favour giving it a shady spot, the others wilt in the heat of the day. Mystery solved. Thanks again Verdun. 

Astrantia Roma

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 10:11

A quick Google shows there's a bit of confusion about Roma. You'll notice that both those links are for Roma. And annoyingly now my original ones are all flowering I have a couple which look more like the label than this does.  By the way, I wasn't aware of the soil affecting Astrantias and I doubt that's the reason but I was just impressed my OH was now thinking like a gardener.

Thanks for the reply

Astrantia Roma

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 20:12

Anyone an expert on Asntrantias? I bought Astrantia Roma a few months ago because I wanted some with colour. But now that it's flowering int's not really looking like the label. 

Cf. Mine's like the top one but the label is like the bottom one. Any ideas anyone? The OH suggested the soil?


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