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Frog spawn in East London

Posted: Yesterday at 12:40

Hi Gemma, thanks for the update.  I did the same as you, we released the majority of the tadpoles and have kept back 7 of different sizes, still just black at the moment. 

let me know when yours get legs.  I purchased some fish food for them today as well, so now its a matter of wait and see. We're loving seeing them change.

Daffodil ID please

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 14:45

Yesterday on a bright sunny day I decided to look at my daffodils and realised how many different varieties I have. 

However I've never seen one like this before.  Any idea what its name might be ?

 Thank you.  (not sure if this photo will work)

Frog spawn in East London

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 21:40

I'm now pleased to say we have some frogspawn to watch.  I knew we'd find a use for our robofish fishtank !

Fascinated by how much they are changing by the hour nearly.  Glad to read that some do lie on the bottom looking inert, and they are just growing. I'll be running down the stairs tomorrow am to see how they've grown.  I'm as excited as the kids

Neighbours and overhanging plants

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 08:20

all good advice.  thankfully we only are neighbours for a small part of the garden, the end of her garden backs onto the side of ours down the far end.  In two years of being in my garden we've never been out at the same time.  She tends to go out at beginning or end of day.  Will hold off lynching her.  thanks for the advice. 

Neighbours and overhanging plants

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 11:52

The neighbour down the far end of our garden has started cutting back the privet hedge on her side of her fence and chucking it back over the hedge to my side of the garden...

The hedge is currently about 4 ft tall and when we were in the process of buying the property she sent a letter to the previous owners saying that the hedge had to be removed as she wanted to put a new fence up.  It is only a mesh kind of fence, not panels.  She also has a laminated note on there saying it is the property of blah blah blah and it is a criminal offence of the wildlife and countryside act to do anything to the fence.

That is fine, however I know she has a right to give me back the cuttings but do people really do this.  She has planted a lot of trees and a beech hedge on her side, so i'm looking forward to giving her back her branches when they over hang our side.

I wouldn't be so annoyed if i wasn't doing anything with that part of the garden, but I'm working on trying to get it into a lovely woodland garden down there.  Her garden is a bombsite, she never mows the lawn or does anything (apart from cutting my hedge, it would seem) all in the name of wildlife.  I too have a wildlife friendly garden but it can still look neat. 

Talk me down before I go and knock on her door... My garden is my passion, i don't like people messing with it.  I doubt I'm the only one here.

Garden news mag?

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 10:47

I love my gardeners world mag too, I also get Garden Answers Mag as they cover slightly different things.  then as a real treat I may get one of the posh garden ones every once in a while, oh so many lovely magazines out there

Newt in school pond

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 21:45

I was clearing leaves from the school pond last week and found this newt.  Is anyone able to tell me what breed it is ?I did look up and thought maybe it was the great crested newt ?  Which just reading about it, looks like it could be a big deal.  Yikes advice please.  We put it straight back in by the way.

If we have newts, is there anything we should be doing ?

It is a school wildlife pond that gets leaves cleared out if its lucky.  I did put some oxygenating weed in it last year, but it all seems to have kind of purple stuff on it, which looks like it has come from the leaves.  Any ideas ?


 Last year we did have frogspawn in there and some mini frogs but didn't see any this time.  is it correct that you get either newts or frogs, not really both ?

Any advice gratefully received. The children do do pond dipping in the summer, but I feel with the newt there, maybe I need to give the teachers some advice.  (last year the kids pulled out all the weed I have bought and left it on the side at the end of the day) I wasn't too pleased.


Frog spawn in East London

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 21:39

Gemma, I'm loving these updates, must remember to show them to my girls.  I'm desperately wanting to get hold of some frogspawn to show this to my children as i used to do, but don't know if I'm allowed.  One parent even thought you had to have a license to move frogspawn.  is this the case.  Would I be able to borrow some and release it back into the same pond ?

Was going to write about a newt I found in school pond but will put that as a separate thread so as to not hijack this one too much.  Thanks for these updates.


Frog spawn in East London

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 13:15

wow, what a difference.  I too was wanting to get some local frog spawn for my kids to watch develop.  We used to put some in jam jars when i was a kid.  If i was to release the tadpoles into a pond that didn't have frogs would that be an issue ? or would it have to go back into same pond?

Unhealthy hebe

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 13:10

it is against the kitchen, so warm most the time I'd have thought.  My only thought is maybe not enough sun over the winter It faces south east, so not sure its gettig any sun.  Will move them.  It is sandy soil, so I'm thinking drainage not an issue.

Its a tough place to find something to plant there. 

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