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Mystery plant

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 16:03

Thank you Dave and Kleipieper, it looks pretty similar except that mine has straighter edges to the leaves. Having just looked at some other teasel photos I'm pretty sure that's what it is. Very pleased as I know the birds will love the seed heads and I've been trying to attract the Goldfinches into my garden for ages! I did plant some Teasel seeds a couple of years ago but nothing came of them so I guess this one may have lain dormant - unless a bird dropped a seed into the pot of course! Thank you again.

Mystery plant

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 15:38

Hi, I wonder if anyone can identify a mystery plant which is growing in one of my (rather neglected) pots? It almost looks like a Romaine lettuce from a distance but has very pointed, elegant leaves with quite heavy veining and which have sharp, whitish barbs running all down their spines. There are also occasional sharp points on the insides of the leaves too. It's a very bright, light green and rather attractive if a little unfriendly!

I don't know what it is or where it came from....any help would be welcome. Unfortunately I keep getting an error message when I try to upload photos, so I hope that my description is enough.

Many thanks

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 21:04

Fishy65, that sounds interesting though I don't quite "get it" yet! I'll have to soak up the information a bit more first...'scuse the rotten pun! Like the idea though.

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 16:28

I think that as long as you pick marginals in small pots (mine are about 3.5" across) they will be fine. I went for the grassy one to give some height, elegance and movement and then a contrasting form for the opposite corner. I went back to get a floating hyacinth a few weeks later, but when I saw the size of them I realised it was a no go!

Best to just pick two plants that you really like so that there is still plenty of open water.Putting the stones in and around, and maybe little clay pots as I did, will add the extra interest.

By the way - Mr froggy was nowhere to be seen and I assumed he must have been passing through. However, he's been parked in the pond all day today,just his nose and eyes poking out...he has changed positions, so I know he is still alive! It's very hard now to stop myself from keep going to peep at him but I don't want to frighten him away. If he stays around much longer I'm afraid I will be giving him a name!!!

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 16:20

frensclan, I don't know the names of the two marginal plants I bought but here's a picture taken just after I put them in.... you can see, one is a grassy type and the other a more leafy one. The leafy one had a white flower on it last month and the leaves have become a deeper shade edging toward dark red at times. They have both grown quite a bit and I may have to divide them and give some to neighbours!

I just put them into the water in the pots they came in so that the water level is about 1/2" over the top of the pots, weighting them down with some stones.

Hope that helps! They didn't have a great deal to choose from when I went to the garden centre really but for tiny ponds I was told marginals were the thing to choose.

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 16:09

I'm really pleased that my tiny pond has provoked such positive response (as well as a frog!). It really is a simple project - the basic pond took me a couple of hours and then I spent a few more hours over the next few days adding the rockery effect and the plants and that was it - job done. Low maintenance and big rewards!

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 22:30

Cracking photo Forester2. Seems to be that most things are best left to their own devices and, to quote the Jeff Goldblum character in Jurassic Park...."nature will find a way"!

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 19:19

artjak - Lol! I've been wondering where I can fit another little pond myself!

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 19:02

Thanks for the positive comments. I don't have a pump or anything fancy and the "pond" (even I think it sounds pompous to call it a pond!) is in quite a sunny spot during parts of the day. I planted some taller plants near the edges to give some shade when it gets really warm.

As for the water - it did stay very clear for ages after the red algae cleared up, but it does get the rather unpleasant blanket weed now - at least that's what I think it is. It doesn't appear to be much of a problem stagnant smell or anything. I just make a point of very regularly taking the blanket weed out with a little stick. It's actually quite a satisfying job and only takes a few moments.

I think it's probably best to place a mini pond in a slightly shady spot, or to add some shading plants as I did. Keep an eye on the water and remove any green sludgy weed.As far as I know just having a couple of marginal plants is enough to oxygenate the water without the need of a pump.

Even a micro pond helps!

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 18:55

Hi frensclan, a few people did scoff when they saw how minute the pond really was, but it's proved me right after all! It was really easy to make - I just made sure the old washing up bowl was clean (no residual soap or cleaners) then dug a hole large enough to take it. It wasn't even a very even hole as I discovered when I added the water - even though I'd supposedly checked with a spirit level!

I did put some gravel at the bottom of the hole to add support to the bowl, then popped it in and backfilled round the sides to stabilise it. I sieved agricultural gravel (quite small) to clean the dust out of it and then put a good layer in the bowl. Next bit was the fun part - adding a selection of small stones, pebbles and mini clay pots to create shelters and shelves that would allow anything to climb out.

I filled the bowl with water and then landscaped the area around it to make it look more natural. Finally I bought two marginal plants and popped them into the bowl, weighting the pots down with a few more stones. I told the guy at the garden centre just how small the pond was and took his recommendations on which plants would suit.

I did have some rather grim looking red algae after a couple of weeks but that cleared up and I noticed quite a few tiny wriggly worms and other mini creatures in there. The water was nice and clear. It looks fairly overgrown now and the water is rather more green and murky now - I tend to just reguarly remove any slimy green stuff with a stick that I keep nearby for just that job.

Anyway - I guess that the frog pretty much confirms that whatever I've done is working so I'm really thrilled. It was easy to do, doesn't take any time to look after and just needs a top up in the hot weather as it's so small. Win win really! Only thing now is that I can't stop nipping outside to see if Mr frog is sitting there!

Hope you decide to go ahead with one and look forward to seeing some photos!

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