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IDs please

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 12:18

I think the top one is buttercup, wrapped up in a sorrel? Could be wrong though.

2nd definitely geranium.

Salvia Hot lips

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 12:15

Probably died, didnt over winter, they should be well up by now.

Wildlife Pond Advice...?

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 12:10

We bought a pre formed on last year, nearly had a divorce over digging the hole for it, you have to get every contour spot on, we ditched that for a liner, so easy because whatever you dig, the liner takes the shape.

If you only want a wildlife pond you're not to have pumps and so on, it needs to be still and peaceful. 

Aim to get about 2ft at the deepest in the middle then make flowerpot width steps all the way up to the top, then you can buy plants accordingly.

use rain water to fill or else you will wait for ages for the green to go away, also better for the little creatures that will come.

We dug ours late summer last year, it has tadpoles, newts, pond skaters, water boatmen, dragon fly larvae and several other little beetles of all colours and sizes. Several different size and shape of snail as well. I dont know where it all came from, but its there!

Have a look on the Bradshaws web site for long lasting guaranteed liner and underlay.

If you dont use pump and filters etc, you can have a water lily in there, they love still waters.

Please ask any questions you like, however trivial they may sound, a lot of us have recently made ponds and its lovely to share tips and other info.

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Plant ID

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 11:58

There is an aquilegia in there with the pink flowers, you could try to get that one out.  Maybe that big clump is penstemon.

Salvia Hot lips

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 10:13

Verdun, my old dad has always said that as well.

Though last years hotlips, which were my cuttings didnt survive either.

Same problem with the bowles mauve, new cuttings every year.

Only one of last years has survived and it bloomed all winter.

How to make durable plant markers?

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 10:07

My son in law keeps me supplied with pot noodle plastic tubs, ideal to cut down and get about 10 labels from each.

Before someones knocks them for eating rubish, as someone did before, my son is a fisherman so spare a thought for the chappie with his pot noodle and flask of hot water.

It's my birthday

Posted: 28/05/2015 at 00:09

Happy Birthday Yvie, down in Cornwall, have you met anyone we know?

Happy belated to punk and Clari. 

vigorously growing pear tree not fruiting

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 22:03

There! I knew some kind, modest do - nut eating person would know. 

Salvia Hot lips

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 21:58

I have yet to overwinter one. I grow cuttings every late summer ready to plant again now.

vigorously growing pear tree not fruiting

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 20:35

I am not sure about friut trees, but if you manure and feed a plant before it starts flowering, it wont flower, just grow lots of green. Not sure manure was the best thingi am sure that a fruit tree grower will come along and help you.

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