Since we moved house we’ve been so busy with life, work, and fixing things. Our heating broke the day after we moved in and temperatures inside our home plummeted for a week during a particularly cold snap this winter; this wiped out a lot of my orchids and houseplants. Since then I’ve been busy trying to revive and propagate the plants that survived.
It hasn’t rained for about five weeks, which feels like an eternity! I’m hoping it will rain on Sunday evening so I can start collecting rainwater to fill our new wildlife pond.
When we moved here our garden was mostly lawn with a large fishpond that wasn’t very wildlife friendly. The pond had steep sides, which would have made it difficult for visiting wildlife like newts, frogs, toads, and hedgehogs to get into or out of the pond, and the other major problem was that the pond was surrounded by a short mown lawn.
I often see ponds centred in a short lawn that is mown every week or every couple of weeks; I dislike this concept so much because young toads, frogs, newts, and insects are all at risk from being blitzed up and chopped into a million pieces by the lawn mower. When a pond is surrounded by short grass, visiting wildlife doesn’t have the protection of cover plants or anywhere to shelter around the pond, which means amphibians, insects, and mammals are more vulnerable to predators.
Anyway, the old pond is nothing but a memory now! Amazingly, my husband (ably assisted by our hardworking friends, Ian, John, and Martin) has dismantled the old pond and removed over five tonnes of concrete that was used to construct the old pond! We’re in the process of creating a new pond, but the ground is as hard as the cement they removed and so it’s not as easy to sculpt the pond as we would like, and the other problem is that we can’t fill up the pond yet because our water butts are empty.
I’ve still got to get the pond liner and the pond pump and filter as I left all my aquatic plants and equipment in my old pond, back in my old garden. I will be writing about my new pond – so keep a look out for updates! Click here to see every article I’ve written about my new wildlife pond.
Although we removed the main bamboo plant you can see in the first picture, currently we are busy with the monumentous task of removing all the bamboo plants that spread from runners growing from the main mother plant! The ground is compacted and set hard from the drought, so it’s quite a challenge. Certain types of bamboo can be very invasive and will happily take over a garden (and neighbouring gardens), so do think twice and read up on the variety before you plant bamboo.
We’ve not cut our grass since we moved here. We’ve done Plantlife’s No Mow May and we’re now doing Let it Bloom June. We’re not planning to cut the grass until later in the year, so we we will also be doing Knee-high July. We’ve seen all kinds of beautiful flowers in bloom in amongst the grasses in our garden, including dandelions, daisies (Bellis perennis), Vetch, Violets, Forget-me-nots (Myosotis sylvatica), Ox-eye dasies (Leucanthemum vulgare), Lesser Stitchwort (Stellaria graminea), and Bird’s Foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus). This week we were incredibly excited to discover an orchid in our garden!
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