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
Sunday, 26 March 2017
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!|
Posted by David at 12:13
Sunday, 5 March 2017
Sunday, 12 February 2017
Sandwiched the liner between two pieces of protective fleece.Yes, that's snow on the liner. Yes, those are Marigold washing-up gloves.
Emptied the contents of two water-butts into the pond while easing the liner into place.
Not too much excess to trim.The online pond-liner size calculators seem to yield very inflated figures. I recommend trailing a piece of string across the longest/deepest cross section and adding 0.5m, width and length.
Posted by David at 23:45
Sunday, 5 February 2017
We'll use sieved soil as a stone-free buffer between the pond liner and the rock/turf edging. Heather doing a splendid job, whilst listening to a whodunit to relieve the boredom.
Finished off the planter with some edging. Just need to top-up with compost and it'll be ready for planting.
Posted by David at 11:37