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Best plants in a pond?

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 17:23

As I mentioned above, the yellow flag iris will tolerate about a foot of water.  Other iris types are generally to be found in poorly drained, boggy soil, as is the loosestrife you mention, so you could put those in the area around the pond.

George Melly on the telly

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 16:12

Are they a bright orange red and very quick on their feet?

honey fungus

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 14:54

Hello gina, I think the key to your problem may be in the word "old" that you used to describe your chestnut tree.

Our garden is riddled with honey fungus but I've found that the plants that fall victim to it are generally old or in some way weakened. Also, I've found that by avoiding deep cultivation of the soil around shrubs I lessen the chances of scratching the host plants' roots and the fungus getting a foothold in the hosts' root systems.

Plants that die are best removed as completely as possible. I then sometimes plant a new plant in the same site but first put it in a bottomless bucket filled with compost. This gives the new plant a chance to put its roots down first into clean compost and later more deeply into the soil below the level of the bootlaces.

Just a theory I have. I don't know if other people have tried that.

Green Rhubarb

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 14:40

Interesting to hear that, OCH. Thanks for getting back to us.

which water pump

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 14:38

I'm afraid it's been buried so long I can hardly remember. It was a Hozelock one, I know that. Trouble free. It came with various attachments to make different types of spray shape. I think one was a fan shape, but we never used any of them. We just drilled a hole in a large stone with a masonry drill and put the hose through it. It just bubbles out of the "ground". No pulsation so far as I can tell. No noise either.

Gardening Cart

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 14:32

He even puts his own name and location in inverted commas, as if to say  "this isn't true, I'm not really who or what I say I am".

which water pump

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 14:27

Hello Sam, we made a similar feature with an imitation spring arising out of a rocky area. We buried an old black bin in the ground to provide the reservoir and then fitted a small pond pump onto a raft of wood that we fixed to the top of the bin. You don't need a lot of power, maybe only 350 to 400 litres per hour. Very cheap. Fix an adaptor at the plug end to cut out in the event of a power failure etc. You do have to top up the reservoir from time to time as the water evaporates/blows or splashes away.

Gardening Cart

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 14:14

Yes, and I'm Spartacus.

Best plants in a pond?

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 12:25

Hello danielm, Sorry you got lost yesterday in the confusion of the gunfight at the not-so-OK-corral. We don't usually have to divert our attentions away from gardening matters with quite so much energy. Anyway, here we are now.

You don't say how big your pond is, nor how deep, nor if it has any shallow parts with ledges, nor what style it is (formal, informal etc).

Here are some plant names and where they like to grow. Have a look and come back to us if you want.

Ceratophyllum demersum , shady, 60 cms depth, perennial.

Urticularia vulgaris, 1.2 metres depth, spreading, insectivorous.

Potomageton crispus likes deep mud, shade and up to 90 cms of water

Any mint plant will grow in shallow water.

Most musk plants will do the same.

Lobelia cardinalis ditto.

Yellow Flag iris will grow in water up to a depth of 30 cms.

You can buy water lilies in all kinds of co.ours but they do take up a lot of space. They need various depths of water according to their variety and need sun for the flowers to do best.

Hope that heps a bit.

Gardening Cart

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 11:26

Does anybody else find it just a teeny bit odd that a "high school student" should address me as "my dear"?

At one time I studied linguistics so I'm always interested in what is called the register of language. 

"my dear" is usually employed by elderly misogynists who feel that they are "out of their comfort zone", in my experience.

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