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Posts Tagged ‘pond plants’

We write our pond blog about once a week with tasks to be done in your pond at that time with tips on how to care for your pond and its plants.

We also try and show you the wildlife you can see in your pond.

Our blog contains all the information and expertise we have accumulated over 20 years in the Nursery.

Setting up a new pond

Setting up a new pond you will need: oxygenating plants  waterlilies and other surface cover plants upright pond plants for the shelves rafting pond plants for the shelves...

Gardeners World half barrel

Gardener’s World barrel pond

On Gardener's World recently Nick Bailey put a small half barrel pond into a semi shaded place in a garden to encourage wildlife. He mentioned the 'wildlife corridors'...

marginal pond planting shelves

Marginal pond plant shelves

Marginal pond planting shelves: When you build your pond create the right depth shelves into your construction. Build the majority of planting shelf at 6 - 8" depth...

Have you seen frog spawn yet?

We have not seen any signs of frogs returning to the ponds yet in Leicestershire, but there have been sightings of frog spawn in the South West and...

Anemopsis californica

Is it too early to plant my pond?

This week we have been asked “Is it too early to plant my pond?” Some other online retailers are not selling barerooted plants now as these cannot root...

1litre mesh Basket

Aquatic compost and mesh baskets

Oxygenating plants are dropped loose into the pond water either with or without a lead strip to bunch them together dependent on the species of the plant. They...

What is an aquatic plant?

3 main types of aquatic plant for the pond: These each live in a different area of the pond and have a different function to each other. Submerged...

Elodea crispa

Beware – banned pond plants 2017

Beware this month as the cutting back, cleaning up and throwing out of excess pond plants begins. It is important to deal with unwanted plants carefully. Composting them...

Autumn Caltha palustris foliage

Late Summer pond jobs to do

In late Summer many pond plants have started to close down for Autumn but for others there is still time to divide to make more for next year....

Nursery 2016

Can I plant my pond now?

This week we have often been asked "Can I plant my pond now?" The Garden Centres say "No" we are informed. This is not because it is not...

bee on Pontederia cordata

Upright plants in the pond

Tall upright plants are needed by dragonfly and damselfly larvae to exit the pond and emerge as adults. Our recent late Summer sun has meant we have been...

2 Caltha plant sections each with root and shoot

Lift and divide pond plants

You can lift and divide 2 groups of pond plants in late Spring. Those that have finished flowering for the year already - Caltha species and those not...

Female newt folding the Myosotis scorpioides leaf over her eggs

Mating newts

The courtship and mating rituals of the male newts and the egg laying of the female newts have been a treat to watch in the heat of our...

single cell algae bloom with no fibres

Sunny days

Along with sunny days comes the growth of all plants. Unfortunately that can include the plant growth that you do not want to see - like the greenish...

Caltha palustrs British Native Marsh Marigold flowers yellow in March

Pond plants in April

For flowering pond plants in April this year look at the Caltha family - the white flowerer (alba) expected first followed by the British Native Marsh Marigold and...

Plant a wildlife pond like Monty Don

Monty Don on Gardener's World showed how he would plant up his wildlife pond this week. He showed Caltha palustris (Marsh Marigold), Myosotis palustris (now renamed Myosotis scorpioides)...

A damselfly Ovipositing on a pygmaea waterlily

Wildlife Ponds

Wildlife ponds support a huge range of creatures: [gallery columns="4" link="file" size="large" ids="204,205,207,208"] invertebrates - dragon and damselflies, pond skaters, water boatmen, water beetles and pond snails amphibians...

How to help the newts in your pond

The development lifecycle of Newts in our ponds Newts in Spring: Smooth Newts: [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="211,3246"] Smooth Newts return to the pond as mating adults at...

Butterfly enjoying a Lythrum salicaria

Pond plants for insect pollinators

Pond plant flowers can provide pollen and nectar for insect pollinators. Pond plant flowers can help sustain many British insect pollinators - butterflies, moths, hoverflies, wasps and bees....

View over pond with plants

Pond plants – maintenance tips

Maintenance to emergent and rafting pond plants during the season Pond plants in Spring: 1. After flowering in Spring cut back the foliage of the Caltha family as...

contour of gravel holding 3x 11cm baskets upright

Planting a pond

Use a combination of shelf aquatic plants, submerged oxygenating plants & waterlilies to create a healthy pond environment. Our aquatic plants can be placed immediately into your pond...

Iris pseudacorus Variegata

Iris to flower in or near the pond

Iris are the main group of plants flowering in and around the pond in June. Iris versicolor, Iris louisiana and Iris pseudacorus all grow with their roots and...