Sara 4

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Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 23:31

Oh Danny, I've looked at so many different blogs and you tubes I don't know what to think any more!  I am hoping to hide as much liner as poss - I think dry stone walling might be an over optimistic title for what I plan to do, although I hope the effect will be similar in a scruffier way!  As I have been thinking about this for so long, I have collected a lot of free rocks from people on ebay etc, plus about 40 bags of pea gravel for the beach bits - so I'm trying to do it on the cheap, as well as by myself!  I'd love to see photos of your finished pond too - it would really help me refine my vague concept of using the stone.

Alternative lawns

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 22:53

I think you gave me the link in the first place Bob - I just cut and pasted.  A very helpful tip though I shall try and remember to press enter in future!

Alternative lawns

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 21:38

On a previous thread about herb lawns here, somebody sent me a link to a TV article - the first grass free park has opened in London.  If I've done it correctly, you should be able to watch it here ...

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 21:22

I wish I had just dug a hole and got on with it.  I got so neurotic about not letting any nutrients seep into it and not having it on the skew, getting bog gardens and beaches and every water compatible plant I'd ever seen crammed into it that I now have no idea what I'm doing at all!

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 20:03

Oh please don't shut up, I need all the help I can get - in fact the planning stage took so long and I researched so much that I think I've ended up overcomplicating things in my head, so straightforward advice is just what I need.  Naughty son, can't he email them to you?  (Those younger than us 27 year olds know how to do things like that)

House plants

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 17:59

All the cacti are inside the aquarium Diddy, so it can be moved about without touching anything prickly.

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 17:56

Addict, I have something like that in mind - you can't see it properly because of how the light is, but in the corner of the hole in the last picture, there is a flat area which is partly separated from the main pond.  There is a similar area on the other side of the pond which isn't in the pictures.  These are the projected bog gardens, and as the garden isn't level the pond will naturally run into them.  The sticky out bit of higher ground and the ex path behind them will all be gravelled as a beach.  I'd love to see some photos of your pond (and everybody elses too).

House plants

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 15:36


Those sort .... (excuse the bread bin, I am dismantling the kitchen and everything's in the sun room.  Which is why I'm avoiding the issue and playing with GW instead!)

Also bomb proof is a cactus collection, currently too buried under god knows what to produce a picture of - I got an old glass aquarium from the tip and stuck some car boot sale cacti in it with a load of old marbles.  It looks great, sometimes flowers and I have never, ever, had to pay it any attention at all.

House plants

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 15:10

I have a big bowl (one of the old sink bowl and ewer type things) with a collection of ferns in - I have left them in plastic pots and I just pour water straight into the bowl and let them sit in it quite happily.  I'm not good with house plants in general (I couldn't agree more about figs, I have killed an untold number and they were completely bald before their ultimate demise) but so far  (2 years!) the ferns have been bomb proof.

ideas for climber at end of north facing garden

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 15:05

How about a climbing hydrangea? Fairly unfussy as far as I know and quite slow growing - by the time it started exceeding your preferred size it would be really well established and you could prune to fit.

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Finish the pond now or in the spring?

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