Sunday, 5 November 2017


Everything ready

I love it when a plan comes together!

Not a bad little worker when she puts her mind to it ;-)

No, the flint at the end of the path is shaped like a heart, not a map of Australia.

Now, what to grow in this new bed?

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Work in progress - path, paving, lawn edging

Path excavation
Lawn edging will slot in here.
(The turf to the left will be replaced with a herbaceous border.)
Marking-out extension to paving under pergola

Paving extended to pond edge.
Pond dipping, anyone?

Decking ramp removed, infilled with slabs.
Also added some extra slabs down side of raised bed.
(The small area of turf will be replaced by plants, maybe a bog garden.)

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Ragged Robin

Ragged Robin putting on a nice show. Had expected the usual pink variety but white is nice.

Pond water level getting quite low. Apparently there's already talk of a hosepipe ban.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Spring blossom

Some of the new trees are looking stunning:

Apple (and blackcurrant)

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Pond plants

Found a good source of pond plants. David Kerr of Devon Pond Plants is very helpful and his prices are competitive. Here's what we bought:


  • Marsh marigold (Caltha palustris) x 1
  • Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) x 1
  • Ragged robin (Lychnis flos-cuculi) x 3
  • Snakeshead (Fritillaria meleagris) x 3

Marginal plants (0-150mm deep)

  • Water mint (Mentha aquatica) x 1
  • Water plantain (Alisma plantago-aquatica) x 1
  • Brooklime (Veronica beccabunga) x 1
  • Water forget-me-not (Myosotis scorpioides) x 1
  • Lesser spearwort (Ranunculus flammula) x 1

Emergent (deeper water)

  • Bog bean (Menyanthes trifoliata) x 1
  • Flowering rush (Butomus umbellatus) x 3

Floating leaved and bottom rooted

  • Amphibious bistort (Polygonum amphibium) x 1
  • Fringed waterlily (Nymphoides peltata) x 1
  • Water crowfoot (Ranunculus aquatilis) x 6


  • Hornwort (Ceratophyllum demersum) x 6
  • Water starwort (Callitriche Spp) x 3

This is in addition to some native flag iris (Iris Pseudoacorus) and mystery pond weed I brought back from my mum's two weeks ago.

The Snakeshead Fritillary, complete with flowers, came through the post in perfect condition!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Tree planting

Midland Hawthorn (Crataegus Crimson Cloud)

Opal Plum Tree (Prunus Opal)

Apple tree, blueberries, wild flowers

Pond gradually filling up in the Spring showers