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Pond water

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 10:05

Thanks everyone! I'm not a particularly experienced gardener and your advice is much appreciated. Certainly, the Pieris and strawberry plants seem to have romped ahead, although I guess time of year etc is also a factor.

It has been very dry here, until this last weekend so all the sludgy water seems to have benefitted everything.

Pond water

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 21:06

Incidentally, I intend to add organic matter to the borders but just wondered if the sludge would be ok for all/most plants in the short term. I don't want to kill anything!

Pond water

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 21:03

There were just a few tiny shrimp-like creatures - which were taken, along with the fish. There are no signs of life in the remaining green mud. It is beginning to dry up around the edges. The person who took the fish was of the opinion that ibe could be mixed with garden soil and would add beneficial nutrients. However, I know little about ph when it comes to what plants prefer.

Pond water

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 17:34

Having moved 3 weeks ago, I have just begun the process of the back garden makeover. I have given away approx 100 fish from the hideous brick pond and watered everything in sight with the resulting water as pond has to be emptied then demolished.

The ground is generally quite sandy and it appears that the pots/borders have enjoyed being given a feed of pond water/green muddy stuff. My potted Pieris  has shot up with new scarlet leaves but some older leaves have turned yellow. 

There is a lot of green sludge left in the pond and I wondered if there any plants/flowers which would not benefit from it?  There are roses, lavender, wallflowers, and peonies in my front garden (also old climbing roses in containers and some in the borders. The back garden has mainly pots, apart from a raised area right at the back which has bluebells, an apple tree and natural geraniums. There is a rockery waiting to be planted up but I will be getting rid of small area of grass and laying shingle In the middle. There will be two flower borders and I will be keeping two strawberry beds - which are growing well.

Sorry if this question is a bit complicated! I will post pictures from laptop as iPad won't co-operate.




Potted rose in flower

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 00:58

Thanks for that. They have plenty of leaf growth - how much should they be pruned if planting in larger containers?

Potted rose in flower

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 19:51

I have been given a 2 small roses in a pots (a bit bigger than the usual miniature) with several blooms on them already. They are like roses usually look in mid summer. One is a very pale pink and the other is white with a touch of apricot. There is no name or care instructions with them.  Isn't it too early for roses to be in flower?  I want to put them in either a big pot or in my border when I move to my new house next week. What do you all advise re care? Should the blooms be removed before re-potting or should I put them in the potting shed (which has a shelf and large window) until the weather warms up.  Thanks folks.

Rose suggestions please

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 11:10

Elizabeth - I heard that roses don't like being indoors. I put two miniatures outside 3 years ago and they do very well, apart from a bit of blackspot. They are very pale pink with rosette shape blooms. Will post a pic. How about putting them in a planter outside when the weather warms up? Maybe during the day to start with if they are used to being inside.

Rose suggestions please

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 09:27

Thanks guys. I think I will go for a climber, or two, around an arch and something else round the front door. The front of the house is south facing, by the way, so should be ideal for roses - maybe not ideal for Clematis as I think they like their feet in shade? They do well at the present house - which gets morning sun In front.

Rose suggestions please

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 11:33

Thanks for that. The trellis wouldn't be on the wall but either side of the front door (sideways-on forming sides of a porch.) I take your point about container roses so maybe the arch idea would be best and something else round the front door. Any suggestions for that? I've got a purple clematis around door at my present house (see pic) but, pretty as it is, purple is not my favourite colour (it was a gift.) I also have a Montana at the front but it does get a bit untidy and only in flower a short time, hence having two varieties.


Rose suggestions please

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 10:21

 Hey - it worked this time! 

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Discussions started by Lyn Plant-Wells

Pond water

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Brown tips How long will a visit to the Doctor Who Experience take? Please allow up to 1.5 hours for a visit. The interactive element will take 30 minutes and the exhibition can take up to an hour. Feel free to stay longer though! 
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Lots of leaf buds and a couple of flower buds 
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Pruning 'Hankey Pankey'

Is it too late and how hard to prune? 
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Talkback: Insects and seed heads

Seedheads are great for sheltering insects but earwigs can be a nuisance as they nibble flower petals. However, I have a friend who never k... 
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