Category Archives: Pond and bog garden

Collecting runners

Earlier in the year there was an advert on Freegle requesting strawberry plants or runners. I replied to offer some of my runners in the autumn and today I duly dug out a bagful, ready for their recipient tomorrow. The … Continue reading

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A gladioli in the bog garden

Earlier in the year, one of the other members of my Knit and Natter group gave me a plant for my bog garden. It had been in her garden but she couldn’t remember what it was. Over the past few … Continue reading

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In order to see the soapwort…

I cleared away the rocket growing around it. I had somehow not expected the soapwort to have flowers. I’d been thinking purely in terms of its potential as an alternative to soap. However, soap which also flowers seems a good … Continue reading

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Where’s the vigour then?

When I bought my pond plant in order to oxygenate the water, I was warned that it might take over and I think it is even banned in Ireland because of this. However, I don’t personally see the threat: True, … Continue reading

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Before I drown…

It’s that time of year when the strawberry plants start shooting out their runners. The plants I have are not just good fruit producers but they are experts at reproduction. Hence: Unfortunately, I doubt a strawberry plant, no matter how … Continue reading

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Browning ferns

It seems the ferns by the pond are suffering: You can’t see the brown leaves terribly well from the angle of the above photo but there are a few. No doubt the heat this last week will have caused them … Continue reading

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Poor pond

Since temperatures heated up towards the end of last month, the water level has gone down and down. I was actually concerned that the pond liner may have received a puncture but I think it must be too soon after … Continue reading

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Two snails

In recent years, I’ve had no problem with slugs and snails eating my plants. However, this rainy June has brought them out in force. Now that the bluebells have finished, I’ve removed all the dead foliage from the back border … Continue reading

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Keeping the cats off

At this time of year, it’s hard for me to know whether it’s hay fever or something else. But yesterday I slept virtually all day, so there is definitely something amiss. Unfortunately, the patch at the back of the garden … Continue reading

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Introducing the ferns

I have long wanted a fern in my garden and finally a couple of weeks ago I acquired two from RHS Wisley. These were destined for the spot between the fence and the pond. However, two weeks ago, the phacelia … Continue reading

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