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Arum Lily Crowborough

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 00:43

My experience is that it will not flower unless it has summer moisture and sun....it will grow well in shade but no flowers. I find it easier to give it these conditions (and to put it under cover during winter) if it is grown in a large pot stood permanently in a drip tray of water on a sunny patio throughout the summer....if grown in a pot food is also a requirement.

Baby frogs

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 23:45

I'm still rather disappointed that I have seen no sign of my frogs over the last few days after they were so very visible last weekend. I need advice about pond plants which must be a compromise between what I will enjoy looking at and what will make frogs happy. I am rather unhappy about the (indigenous)  water marigold currently in situ since it tends to quickly overwhelm a tiny pond. I would much prefer a (foreign) Pygmy water lily and a grass or vertical plant of some sort. Are the frogs likely to be fussy about which plants I choose, so long as they have some shelter? Also how much vegetation do they need in the pond ....I have a feeling that the frogs are happier with less rather than more since this year with only 30% of the pond filled with plants (plus the duckweed)...my frogs have been more evident and abundant than last year when there were far more pond weeds.

Any advice about planting would be welcome...I have planted up the area around the pond with a variety of foliage plants which will give them some shade....but do frogs prefer the pond itself to be in sun or shade?

Thanks for your help so far.


Baby frogs

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 00:06

Thanks for the info Dove....but why do you assume your frogs were bred in next doors pond rather than yours. i am even more confused and very disappointed now however  since after  having been VERY visible for a few days my frogs  now all seem to have disappeared within the last two days. I wonder if frogs only sit around at the surface of the pond on really hot days which is when I saw mine. Now it's cooled down they have disappeared ....except for the occasional plops when they are disturbed. Or possibly they do not hang around in the pond much at all unless its too  hot to hunt for food. Or third possibility is they were in transit rather than resident?

Baby frogs

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 23:58

For the past few years I have noticed frogs in my garden and only ever one or two in my minuscule wildlife pond (preformed plastic 3ft. by 2ft.and 10 ins.  at deepest end . Last autumn I  cleared  a lot of overgrown pond weeds from pond leaving one or two smallish plants and noticed this week(mid May) for the first time ever a colony  of at least 12 frogs including at least 3 juveniles....about 1 inch body length. This encouraged me to think that they probably were bred in my pond from spawn laid earlier this year.

But can this timing be possible since I noticed yesterday that tadpoles in another local pond  had not yet developed into baby frogs. Is it possible that my small juveniles could be in fact one year old? Also is it likely that my whole colony including juveniles have migrated from another pond.


small still water pond

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 12:58

I have the same problem with mossies breeding in small pond and have read somewhere that there is a little block of some sort which you can buy at aquatic centres which will float ? on pond and will deter Mosquitos without harming fish frogs etc. Not sure how it works....i guess chemicals so may not be acceptable to purists ....have not tried it yet but will probably give it a go since Mosquitos are inhabiting all of my waterbuts as well as my wildlife pond....none of which can have resident fish to eat larvae.

good luck

Arum Lily Crowborough

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 08:02

Thanks Christine...will be very interested to know when it starts AND stops flowering....do they go on flowering all summer.

Arum Lily Crowborough

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 15:17

My hardy Arum overwintered in cool greenhouse and grown in a pot sitting outside  in a tray of water since late March , has now been placed in my pond( still in its pot). I gave it one good feed of blood fish bone about a month ago ( did not want to feed it in pond) but it has not flowered so far yet this year......Mid May....it looks very healthy but I'm wondering if its too late to flower now? It does not appear to have suffered frost damage and was in a fairly sheltered spot outside but would have got cold with recent weather I guess. Is there anything I did wrong??

Follow up fox illumination pink

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 12:21

I understand that Illumination is sterile....so no seeds......not sure about the new repeat flowering varieties(Foxtrot and Leopardskin) , but they did not appear to set seeds last year and anyway their seeds would not necessarily come true....especially with cross  pollination from other foxgloves in the area. So yes I tried taking some offset cuttings last year as an experiment.....but with the traditional old fashioned digitalis....since I did not want to risk damaging my Illuminations which had not been looking good during the summer.as I said in my previous email I believe that my current Foxtrot is an offshoot....but left in place and not removed from the parent plant which seemed to die.

Follow up fox illumination pink

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 09:59

forgotten to mention ....the digitalis  Foxtrot (repeat flowerer)  which survived the winter was I THINK a substantial side shoot rather than the parent. I remember leaving it in situ and pulling away dead leaves and roots  from what looked like the original parent......but have never had success in the past  from detaching and attempting to propagate digitalis side shoots. Does anyone have any suggestions about how  to propagate the NEW breeds of perennial and or repeat flowering digitalis....for insurance policies against the winter.

Follow up fox illumination pink

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 09:51

I have found it difficult to get Illumination established in my heavy clay soil...tho I have conditioned it. I have however managed to overwinter 3 plug plants...which don't look very happy but well see what happens. I'm very excited however to see that my digitalis Foxtrot which is not supposed to be perennial has survived and is looking good. I was very impressed with its continued flushes of blooms last summer...it did just what it said on the label. I'm hoping that my digitalis Leopardskin ...also supposed to be repeat flowering will match Foxtrots performance. The only thing to work out now is how to propagate these repeat flowerers.

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