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Small pond

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 16:50

I made a pond 2 metres x 3 metres in my garden in Maidenhead, Berkshire.  I filled it with tap-water and added oxygenating plants and marginal plants.  Within days the pond had been colonised by all sorts of flying insects and snails.  Then newts, frogs, toads and a snake.  When we saw nine young ducklings swimming about on it we realised it was a success!  Our cats were very nervous of them and hid in the undergrowth!


Posted: 09/04/2014 at 10:10

Edd, Twelve inch hole is not big enough.  Dig a decent hole, put some leafmould or compost in the bottom to conserve moisture.  Then some compost mixed with soil.  Then put in the hydrangea and fill in all round.  Feed with hydrangea feed (at planting and each year in Spring).  Water well and wait for the growth, which should start around now (April). Here in south of France it is too hot in the sun and the leaves burn, but in the UK I should think full sun is fine.  Good luck!   Or start again with a bigger, healthier plant!


Posted: 02/04/2014 at 16:54

Dad used to bury bits of iron underneath his hydrangeas, down in Devon.  They were all shades of mauve - very pretty.

planting trees in clay soil

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 16:48

Difficult, JeJul.  And outside my experience really, but I should think a bit of grit and  leafmould at the bottom of the hole should help a lot.  Then mix the clay soil with compost and grit.  I expect the UK is in for a drought again this summer, sure as eggs is eggs!

My book says the hole should be 18 inches deep, 24 inches for cherries; good drainage is essential, as is shelter - fruit trees don't like wind. Apples and pears like full sun, or sun at least half the day.  They shouldn't dry out so add plenty of 'bulky organic material' to hold moisture.  Without going into details, it looks as though you should plant in January, feed in Feb and prune in March, except for plums which you prune in June.  Of course, container grown plants can be planted out at any time.  Hope this helps.  I 'll look forward to more Comments.

When is the best time to prune a plum tree?

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 12:15

June it is then, Paul.  Thank you David.  This is a very useful Forum.


Mankind and trees

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 11:29

Mike, the New Forest is a long way from south west France!  We are quite near the Pyrenees.  The Hoopoe is a magnificent bird, but its cry "Poo, poo, poo, ...." is very annoying to my mind, so I hope your daughter doesn't get too many of them!

We had a red squirrel in our garden today.  Quite a few of them around this year - they must have liked the mild winter we had down here.

Mankind and trees

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 11:07

We are surrounded by woodland here in SW France (hence the 82 for department Tarn et Garonne) and see most of the birds Mike Allen has mentioned.  No Great Tits though, nor Firecrests, but we do have Golden Orioles and Hoopoos in the summer. 

Has anyone read the two Patrick Leigh-Fermor books about his walk as a young man from London to the Black Sea in 1920-something - through forests all the way!  Absolutely fascinating books, incidentally.

Sedum Spectable

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 10:56

I imagine right down to the floor.  And yes, each cutting will make a new plants --  they root very readily.

Sedum Spectable

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 12:47

I have just been told that if you cut Sedums back during the Chelsea Flower Show (circa 23rd May) they will keep their shape and not open out with an empty centre when they flower in September.  Good advice!


Mankind and trees

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 12:43

I agree, Mike, trees are wonderful - magnificent -  beautiful  - life-giving - strong - peaceful.  Walking through a forest we watch the wildlife, the wild plants growing and feel more peaceful in ourselves.  Trees are always growing and changing by the seasons.  They are like mankind: we grow, we change, we mature. 

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