Simon McBride

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Buy or make a raised pond

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 12:14

Hi i can understand your situation, over this year i have been terracing my garden and wanted a pond so last month i incorporated a block pond (2 blocks high 2ft X 4 blocks about 5-6ft long and 2.5 block wide.

It was very easy to do and then lined with pond liner, and topped with decking board, last weekend i decided to add a water fall and over the long weekend and with a few tweeks managed to get all working.

The wildlife love it and with the use of freecycle i even managed to get a load of free plants and lillies for instant impact.


Allium Sphaerocephalon exploded

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 12:07

thanks for all the help, they all cam in the same order last year so assumed they where all the same, we have had 6 different types this year and some of each type have all produced bulbils.

Garden Pond and Waterfall Frog Invasion

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 12:05

HI Alan the cement was a normal mix of sand and cement but i added a black pool paint seen in image 8 just upto above the water line, even though the cement wont harm the pool it will absorb water over time.

Allium Sphaerocephalon exploded

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 11:21

Hi does anyone know whats happened to our alliums we have a large number of Allium Sphaerocephalon and about half of them have mutated as below.

Normal Below

 Exploded version below:

 any comments would be helpful

Garden Pond and Waterfall Frog Invasion

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 11:15

Over last weekend i decided to improve our recently constructed pond by adding a new water fall feature.

We have been trying to encourage frogs, newts and other water creatures into the garden and once the pond was created the watefall was going to be a great addition.

With a few free stones and rocks gathered from friends and a great supply of free pond plants off freecycle i have managed to create a great added feature for our garden.

I cant believe we have new habitants already with frogs moving in already.

A selection of images below:












What do you do with Allium Bulbils

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 17:46

Thanks that very helpfull

Summer has arrived

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 15:59


Looks great in the borders

Summer has arrived

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 15:39

Just been out in the garden and taken a few pictures of the latest arrivals





What do you do with Allium Bulbils

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 14:45

We have been growing 3 Allium Gladiator Bulbs and planted them in a large tub this year for the first time.

They are about 3 feet tall now but the heads have started to show strange white nobules in the flowering head.

Can anyone help with what we do with these, or how we promoigate these we are very novice gardeners.



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Allium Sphaerocephalon exploded

Whats happened to our alliums 
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Garden Pond and Waterfall Frog Invasion

Frogs welcome now new home open 
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Last Post: 19/07/2013 at 12:48

What do you do with Allium Bulbils

Help needed 
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