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Potted ponds in Thailand

Posted: 10/02/2012 at 15:17

@oldchippy - I think they'd be able to fly out. They're not much deeper than my pond, and I've seen birds fly out of that easily enough.

@happymarion - yes but it's soon faded with all this snow! Great idea re sunken buckets.


Potted ponds in Thailand

Posted: 10/02/2012 at 14:29

Water lilies.

 Water lilies and duckweed, with hibiscus hanging over the pot.

Lotus, with chillies growing to the left.

 Water lilies and Cyperus papyrus.

Tropical water lily in a colourful pot. Note that the flowers of the lily grow far above the leaves. This is to prevent damage from flooding, which is common in tropical countries.

 Not a great example, but a fun container!

 Water lettuce makes a simple statement.

Water lettuce and water lilies.

Again not the best example, but can you see the tadpoles?                              

Thanks to Ross Bayton for help identifying these pond plants.



Posted: 10/02/2012 at 14:09

donutsmrs - how lovely. My small container pond is frozen over so next year I'll wrap it up with bubble wrap.

happymarion - I look forward to hearing how late your frogs are!


pruning trees & shrubs

Posted: 10/02/2012 at 13:57

Hi tarttartan, definitely don't prune your cherry tree now. This job needs to be done in summer, to prevent the fungal disease silver leaf. You could tie ribbons around the branches you want to cut now, so you know what you're cutting in summer.. but otherwise, leave well alone.

Regarding your pieris, I would also wait a while. In winter, there's the potential for pruned plants to get die-back, so you'd have to prune all of this out anyway at a later date. Wait until temperatures increase and prune your pieris in spring, instead.

Hope this helps

Kate team

Talkback: How to clean bird feeders

Posted: 10/02/2012 at 13:38

JAG - I don't think we're worrying too much. By feeding the birds we are attracting large numbers of them to our gardens - very small spaces compared to woodland, for example. If they're all concentrated in a small space, interacting with each other, spitting food on to each other and - in some cases - defecating on each other, then we need to make sure our bird feeding stations are clean, as diseases can quickly build up.

kater1 - that sounds good, can you post a photo?



Posted: 08/02/2012 at 14:43

there's no sign of frogspawn in my pond yet and I'm very pleased, as it's suddenly very cold in London!

Has anyone else seen frogspawn in their ponds yet? Do let us know when you do - I'd be very interested to know!



Posted: 08/02/2012 at 14:41

Hi all, you can help the experts monitor hedgehog populations by taking part in their hiberntion survey. find our more here.


Bees Are Already Buzzing!!

Posted: 08/02/2012 at 14:30

Hi all, sightings of bees (particularly bumblebees) in winter are becoming more common, so try to have something in flower for any that visit your garden. They won't find much sustenance in winter pansies, I'm afraid! Try winter-flowering clematis and honeysuckle, daphne, mahonia, heather. And if you find any bumblebees that look like they're struggling to fly, you could make them a solution of sugar and water (equal prts of each) to give them the energy to fly.

Looking to spring and summer, make sure you have plants in flower all year long. Favourites include red clover and viper's bugloss, but a more comprehensive list is available from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust here


Talkback: How to clean bird feeders

Posted: 08/02/2012 at 14:14

kater1 -  I'm having problems getting to the bottom of my plastic feeder too, and have just resolved to buy a new one that dismantles better so I can clean it more easily. If I find a cheap one I'll let you know!

full-time-mum - diluted bleach is fine, but make sure you rinse it well afterwards. Otherwise veterinary disinfectant is available from the RSPB shop

Birdie2 - if you have seen birds looking ill, it would be better to remove all the debris beneath your feeding station to avoid contamination of healthy birds.


Brown Ooze on Ornamental Cherry

Posted: 06/01/2012 at 11:05

Hi Jay, I'd wait for the cyclamen to finish flowering and then lay a thick mulch, so you don't ruin your dislay.


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