Catching Up With Little D's Pond

Last August, Little D took possession of what he said was, the largest parcel I have ever gotten in my life, oh my. This large parcel was his barrel pond. Initially we discussed what could be in the pond, Little D wanted fish, he even tried his robo-fish out in the pond once it was filled. Then like many new ponds autumn happened. Which translates into, we couldn't decided what to put in there and the water went algae green. You won't be surprised that this happens to many people who come to water gardening. They come with kind hearts and big ideas and leave with pond weed and leeches. We're not going to do that. We went on the hunt for oxygenators, we didn't want something to throw in the bottom of the pond or something to remind us of mare's tail -- we had enough of that at the allotment and it is showing up at the Hopwood garden too. So, on a hot day -- yes, we have those sometimes -- we went to the garden centre in straw hats and wellies, just in case it rained -- which it did. 

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Now, this is Little D's pond and last year he got hold of some Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris), this boggy loving Drunkard (a common name for it, we're not being rude) likes to be in wet ground but at the time we lovingly planted it in a basket, with plenty of pea gravel on top, Little D was all thumbs rather than fingers. To cut a long story short: Now lower it gently into the pond, love. Splash. Giggles. Sound of dive bombing. The Marsh Marigold rather than being a marginal plant became a bottom of the pond lover and seems to be happy forty centimeters down in the gloom. This time, forewarned and forearmed, Andrew has added several large stones to make shelves at different levels. We took Little D to the aquatic part of the garden centre where he moaned it was too hot and that all the running water made him want to pee. He didn't want a water lily. They were too expensive and look dead. We tried to explain that it hadn't grown yet and told him when it would, that's ages. We told him we needed an oxygenator this time, he wanted to blow bubbles, he loved his first choice which was a Slender Club Rush (Scirpus cernuus) an oxygenating fibre optic looking rush. It looks like those fibre optic lamps and is lovely to touch, easy to keep, easy to divide. That left room for one more marginal and that was the Arum lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica). This is a wonderful fragrant plant but be aware that it is also an irritant to skin, so tuck it at the back. So, the new pond is up and running with plans to add some more pebbles to make a way in for frogs. The fish has gone out of the window in favour of the robo-fish who doesn't eat tadpoles. We're new to this water garden thing and if you have any advice for Little D, do come on over to our Facebook page, or contact us via twitter or leave a message below.

Stewart Garden provided the Blenheim Half Barrel for use in the Life on Pig Row herb garden. We'd like to thank Stewart Garden for supplying this product.


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