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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...

Smooth Newt male

Amphibian Identification Guide

Download the Amphibian Identification Guide from ARG UK  so you can recognize the different frog, toad and newt visitors to your pond this Spring. They will all be...

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...

bee on Pontederia cordata

Insect pollinators

In this late burst of summer sunshine the bees and other insect pollinators have been searching out the late season nectar and pollen rich flowers. In the pond...

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...

British Native plants

British Native plants are often regarded as the most wildlife friendly for our British wildlife including bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Primula veris (Cowslip) Geum rivale (Water Avens)...

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...

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...

pond edge plants

Pond edge plants

Our latest published article with RHS looks at pond edge plants that grow where water meets land. The plants that thrive in this area need consistently wet soil...

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...

Node roots on Veronica beccabunga

Trim rafting pond plants

Rafting pond plants like Veronica beccabunga and Oenanthe javanica Flamingo will be growing fast in these summer months and some may need trimming back as they travel too...

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...

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...

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...

Before Autumn maintenance

More pond maintenance tips for Autumn

Continue with stage 1 pond maintenance - you should remove rotting brown waterlily leaves and dead flowers. Also any upright foliage falling over and droping into the water...

swimming ponds

Swimming ponds

With the publicity surrounding the building of the Kings Cross swimming pond these have become quite a talking point at the moment. (image from telegraph.co.uk). Kate O'Brien has...

swimming ponds

Swimming ponds

Principles of swimming ponds Popular because of the Kings Cross swimming pond these have been featured in magazines recently Swimming ponds in a garden setting: Use plants to...

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...

Make a prepared ‘bog’ garden

Think about extending the area of wildlife habitat around your garden pond with plants for moist soil or a muddy bog both built with a punctured liner to...

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....

November in the pond

Just take care when clearing up all the foliage debris that you do not disturb too much of any habitat area at the same time. Remember that the...