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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.

Abandoned dragonfly casing as adult emerges

Marginal pond plants for dragonflies

Dragonfly and damselfly larvae can be seen climbing out of ponds now. They use the tall upright growing stems of any emergent marginal plants. You can watch this...

Frog spawn is late

Finally, the frogs have decided they can wait no longer and have laid frog spawn in our pond. The Winter has been so long and so cold and...

View over pond with plants

Wild About Gardens Week

Wild About Gardens Week this year is 23-29 October. Supported by The RHS and The Wildlife Trusts the aim is that everyone should plan to do something wild...

Emerged dragonfly Day 2

Dragon and damselflies

We have seen so many dragon and damselflies on the new Nursery this year. Many more varieties than ever before. We are not experts in identifying them all...

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'...

Female newt laying eggs on Myosotis scorpioides leaf

Newts return to mate

Newts return to mate in ponds: Newts return to mate in their breeding ponds in Spring when the night time temperature regularly reaches 10C.  They travel at night...

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...

Winter

Colder pond temperatures!

Suddenly colder! How does that affect your pond? In this cold weather it is best to leave the deeper water of your pond alone as some late hatching...

Lesser Water Boatman

Cold nights for the pond

As cold nights arrive and the pond water reaches freezing point in certain areas of the country you should ensure that deep water plants are placed well below...

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...

Bees’ Needs

It has been Bees' Needs week recently - but what does that mean? Making people aware of Bees' Needs is an important campaign message. Bees pollinate wild and...

Empty casing abandoned

Emerging dragonflies

Emerging dragonflies and damselflies need to leave the water – the larvae will use the tall stems of emergent marginal plants to climb up and hold onto –...

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...

Toad spawn wrapped around stems of a shelf pond plant

Toad traffic

Toads migrate back in Spring to their breeding ponds along well trodden toad traffic highways - back to the pond in which they were born. This can cause...

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...

Frog pair in mating amplexus

Frogs in Leicestershire

At last we have seen frogs in Leicestershire. We were working by the pond and were accompanied by such a noise - at first we thought it was...

one clump of frog spawn laid by a single breeding female|Waterside Nursery

Big Spawn Count 2016

As in previous years we support the Big Spawn Count 2016 by Fresh Water Habitats. We encourage our customers to complete the survey to give more information to...

add a planted bog garden around your pond to provide cover for wildlife

Can you add a bog garden?

As your pond starts to wake up to Spring take a look at the surrounding area to see if you can add a 'bog garden' of muddy or...

Damselfly larvae showing its gills before it is ready to leave the pond

Damselfly larvae in our ponds

This week have seen a damselfly larvae in our ponds. It is living submerged under the water and not yet ready to emerge as an adult. We can...

Side on view to show eggs in the folds of the Myosotis leaf

Newt eggs in the Forget-me-not

Newt eggs can now be seen in the Myosotis scorpioides Forget me Not (formerly named Myosotis palustris) this week. We have been watching this stem of Myosotis (Forget-me-not)...

Newts - both Male and Female return to the pond to mate

Our newts are returning

All creature activity increases as the weather warms -  last year was warmer in March and activity was earlier too. Until now we have only seen active newts...

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...

view of a planted pond shelf area

Should you top up your pond?

Recently we have had hot and dry weather - the odd torrential downpour has helped the level of water in the pond as it was getting precariously low....

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...