My garden history!

Forum rules
Same rules apply here as on the Main Community forum, be polite, tolerant, and courteous. If you are not happy with a post,'report' it.

Users cannot start their own topics in this area, so if you want a blog topic started, contact using contacts form at the bottom of the page :)
User avatar
Springy
Posts: 1103
Joined: Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:24 pm
Location: Abingdon on Thames. Nr. Oxford

Re: My garden history!

Post by Springy » Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:35 pm

Here is a few pictures of the pond being constructed. I had problems this year with really green, pea soup type water. I have waterlillies and loads of oxygenating weed in there so I hope that this year it will stay clearer without the need for any chemical or external filtering. I am going to pop a block of barley straw into it in the spring to hopefully help it too.

I have got a medium sized pump running just to get some water flow and for a soothing trickle sound.
I have a few goldfish and a couple of ghost koi in there, plus loads of frogs that I rescued from a building site that was being cleared ready for groundworks!
Attachments
Photo transfer end of sept 077.jpg
Photo transfer end of sept 077.jpg (48.58 KiB) Viewed 1145 times
Photo transfer end of sept 082.jpg
Photo transfer end of sept 082.jpg (56.87 KiB) Viewed 1145 times
Photo transfer end of sept 085.jpg
Photo transfer end of sept 085.jpg (43.16 KiB) Viewed 1145 times
Photo transfer end of sept 088.jpg
Photo transfer end of sept 088.jpg (53.13 KiB) Viewed 1145 times
Photo transfer end of sept 090.jpg
Photo transfer end of sept 090.jpg (53.38 KiB) Viewed 1145 times
Photo transfer end of sept 095.jpg
Photo transfer end of sept 095.jpg (30.84 KiB) Viewed 1145 times
Photo transfer end of sept 126.jpg
Photo transfer end of sept 126.jpg (49.91 KiB) Viewed 1145 times


User avatar
The Codfather
Posts: 6436
Joined: Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:02 pm
Location: Darlington, C.O. Durham

Re: My garden history!

Post by The Codfather » Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:57 pm

Get a filter and UV.......also, does it get full sun ?
AKA - Martin

Wish list - Big Palms or Dicksonia antarctica's but open to anything really.....Cash Waiting !


User avatar
Springy
Posts: 1103
Joined: Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:24 pm
Location: Abingdon on Thames. Nr. Oxford

Re: My garden history!

Post by Springy » Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:06 pm

Yes Coddy it's in full sun for most of the day. I'm hoping that if I can get a good coverage of Lilly leaves this year, that it will stay clear. I have had a couple of ponds in full sun before and they have been ok. I seem to remember reading that it takes a pond about 3 years to establish and stablise.
If I can't get it right this year then a uv will be on the cards!


User avatar
cordyman
Posts: 7129
Joined: Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:24 pm
Location: Northwest UK

Re: My garden history!

Post by cordyman » Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:08 pm

My mum uses a green genie in her pond, keeps it crystal clear.

Google it icon_cheers


User avatar
HarryandNess
Posts: 998
Joined: Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:06 pm
Location: Lincolnshire

Re: My garden history!

Post by HarryandNess » Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:51 pm

What an amazing transformation! Love it! icon_thumleft icon_thumleft icon_thumleft
You've obviously worked really hard and you deserve to sit and relax in it...but do you?
I used to have a pond in full sun so I put barley bags in near the pump. It worked a treat while I waited for the miscanthus to shade it every summer.

Ness
"I cultivate my garden, and my garden cultivates me" ~ Robert Brault


User avatar
Springy
Posts: 1103
Joined: Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:24 pm
Location: Abingdon on Thames. Nr. Oxford

Re: My garden history!

Post by Springy » Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:29 pm

Thanks for the tips!

Ness, I would love to say that I sit and enjoy it but I usually spot something that needs doing and that's it, off I go again!! I think I did manage to sit and enjoy it for one Saturday afternoon last year! Yes a whole afternoon, lazy aren't I?!! :D


User avatar
GoggleboxUK
Posts: 16877
Joined: Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:58 pm
Location: Preston Lancashire

Re: My garden history!

Post by GoggleboxUK » Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:47 pm

Love the pond Springy, ponds and water features are an integral part of a garden I think.

Just a shame I don't have room for a larger one, I'd love to fill one with plants and fish.
Once upon a time there were 3 little bears. Now there's thousands of them.


User avatar
Springy
Posts: 1103
Joined: Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:24 pm
Location: Abingdon on Thames. Nr. Oxford

Re: My garden history!

Post by Springy » Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:17 pm

GoggleboxUK wrote:Love the pond Springy, ponds and water features are an integral part of a garden I think.

Just a shame I don't have room for a larger one, I'd love to fill one with plants and fish.
I know what you mean. In my first scribbled plans of the garden, I had drawn the pond dissecting the garden in half, going across at an angle and then having a bridge or stepping stones to connect the two halves of garden together. I decided that I wanted more space for plants so drew up the plans with it where it is now.

I often jot down different ideas on paper thinking that I will have a go at including them somewhere. I find sketches usually left as bookmarks and I can be fun finding them long after I did them. Some become projects and some don't!


User avatar
Springy
Posts: 1103
Joined: Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:24 pm
Location: Abingdon on Thames. Nr. Oxford

Re: My garden history!

Post by Springy » Sat Jan 14, 2012 8:10 pm

These are some pictures taken this morning. Last night was the coldest it has been so far this winter.
I realise that the wrapped Bananas, cannas, gingers and dahlias don't look particularly pretty but hopefully it is doing the job. It was my intention to cover the white fleece in hessian or weed suppressing fabric but I haven't got round to it!

I noticed today that the Melianthus major has started flowering so I hope the frost doesn't kill the buds.
Attachments
DSCN0354.jpg
DSCN0354.jpg (55.93 KiB) Viewed 1081 times
DSCN0356.jpg
DSCN0356.jpg (49.1 KiB) Viewed 1081 times
DSCN0357.jpg
DSCN0357.jpg (64.2 KiB) Viewed 1081 times
DSCN0358.jpg
DSCN0358.jpg (51.01 KiB) Viewed 1081 times
DSCN0360.jpg
DSCN0360.jpg (64.99 KiB) Viewed 1081 times
DSCN0363.jpg
DSCN0363.jpg (61.69 KiB) Viewed 1081 times


User avatar
The Codfather
Posts: 6436
Joined: Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:02 pm
Location: Darlington, C.O. Durham

Re: My garden history!

Post by The Codfather » Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:38 am

did you say the Phoenix canariensis_CIDP and some heat added ??

So what are the plants you have wrapped...Dicksonia antarctica's and musa's ?
AKA - Martin

Wish list - Big Palms or Dicksonia antarctica's but open to anything really.....Cash Waiting !


User avatar
kata
Posts: 14589
Joined: Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:03 pm

Re: My garden history!

Post by kata » Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:43 am

The garden is beautiful Springy,

I love the sound of water in the garden.

icon_cheers icon_cheers
http://flowersnpalms.com/floraandfaunauk/

Rain...nowt but rain...Welcome to Lancashire............ :lol: :lol: :lol:


User avatar
cordyman
Posts: 7129
Joined: Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:24 pm
Location: Northwest UK

Re: My garden history!

Post by cordyman » Sun Jan 15, 2012 7:00 pm

what was the temp ?

ive yet to see my trachys looked like this! :shock:

Image


User avatar
call
Posts: 1573
Joined: Fri Sep 30, 2011 1:17 pm
Location: kent england
Contact:

Re: My garden history!

Post by call » Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:57 pm

icon_thumright
callum
growing exotics in sunny thanet icon_sunny
http://tinytropicals.blogspot.co.uk/


User avatar
Springy
Posts: 1103
Joined: Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:24 pm
Location: Abingdon on Thames. Nr. Oxford

Re: My garden history!

Post by Springy » Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:07 pm

Coddy, in the large covered cages there is musa basjoo. I lost my one tree fern last year!
The small clumps of fleece are covering various dahlias including tree dahlias, gingers, cannas and just behind the gravel area beside the pond there is the clump of Chinese banana that I first bought, that got me into tropicals in the first place. It must be at least 4 years old and can be seen in the earlier pictures!

Oh and the pheonix canariensis (Phoenix canariensis_CIDP) won't be protected unless the temperature is forecast to be less than -5. If they forcast colder than -5 then it will be wrapped in fleece!


User avatar
Springy
Posts: 1103
Joined: Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:24 pm
Location: Abingdon on Thames. Nr. Oxford

Re: My garden history!

Post by Springy » Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:28 pm

Cordy, I've just looked at the temp for last night and it dipped to -2.6c
By around 8 in the morning most of the plants near my outhouse are bathed in sunshine after a clear, frosty night so I don't think the plants suffer the cold too long! The sensor for the temperature is about 2' away from the house wall so I'm sure that down the end of the garden, the temp must have been lower. The area from the washing line up to the back fence does not see any direct sunshine in the winter and the frost stayed on the grass all day despite the temperatures increasing!


Post Reply