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  1. dw1305

    Journal Water meadow gardening

    Hi all, Same for me, I think it is just brilliant. Carex acuta is very similar to C. elata and Devon Pond plants sell <"C. acuta">. Carex acuta, C. elata, C. riparia and C. acutiformis are all pretty similar in look. <"C. pseudocyperus"> is distinct in leaf colour (paler yellow green) and in...
  2. dw1305

    Journal Water meadow gardening

    Hi all, I think even variegated Phragmites might be too vigorous? A sedge might be better, something like <"Carex riparia">, <"C. elata"> or <"C. pseudocyperus">. Carex riparia is also a rampant grower. Cyperus longus would be another "Sedge" option. cheers Darrel
  3. dw1305

    Journal Lockdown wildlife pond

    Hi all, I've just found a photo from 2015. The pond is front centre & right of the picture, but all the open water had already gone. cheers Darrel
  4. dw1305

    Our (overgrown) garden pond

    Hi all, I think our feral ones are <"Spanish in origin">. They are common at the RSPB Ham Wall nature Reserve in Somerset, and I've also seen/heard them on the restored section of the old <"Somerset Coal Canal"> at Timsbury and at <"Burton Bradstock"> (Dorset) in the brackish pool a the the back...
  5. dw1305

    Journal Water meadow gardening

    Hi all, It is almost certainly "Fool's Water-cress" (<"Apium ( Helosciadium) nodiflorum">). Have a look at <"Native plant ID">. You can't entirely discount Lesser Water-parsnip (<"Berula erecta">) from the photo (<"they are very similar">), but I'm pretty sure it is A. nodiflorum. cheers Darrel
  6. dw1305

    Journal Water meadow gardening

    Hi all, I would be very wary of any of these bigger Equisetum spp. I had Equisetum fluviatile, and once it gets going it is almost impossible to control, the rhizomes go very deep and can penetrate through Water-Lily rhizomes etc. and any fragments grow. Because it has a relatively frail stem...
  7. dw1305

    Journal Water meadow gardening

    Hi all, It is absolutely fantastic in scope and vision. I want to sign myself up for a visit in 2022? Right here, right now. cheers Darrel
  8. dw1305

    Journal Water meadow gardening

    Hi all, I've seen big ones locally, and it isn't warm here. I might be tempted to cut the old canes down in the spring. I've got these, the Thelyptris actually came all the way from Marcel in the Netherlands, after my plant expired in the drought (while I was away from home). Ranunculus lingua...
  9. dw1305

    Journal New project for me week off

    Hi all, Yes, or it is a really easy as a soft wood cutting in the spring. It is also <"really hardy">. I've never managed to keep the snails off it, even in the pond. It is cat nip to molluscs. cheers Darrel
  10. dw1305

    Journal Water meadow gardening

    Hi all, It combines being enormous and rampant with not being fully hardy. I'd definitely add a couple more Sedges, Carex elata "aurea/Bowles Golden" and Carex pseudocyperus. They are both good . cheers Darrel
  11. dw1305

    New Turtle Pond (UK)

    Hi all, Yes, Hippurus vulgaris. The reeds were all Sparganium erectum and I think I can see some Ranuculus lingua as well. After we put the liner in I built a slope of bath stone rubble which can see behind "Terry" with Filipendula ulmaria etc. I assume they hibernated somewhere under the...
  12. dw1305

    New Turtle Pond (UK)

    Hi all, Found a photo of "Terry IV". He was "family sized" meat pie at the time. cheers Darrel
  13. dw1305

    New Turtle Pond (UK)

    Hi all, You probably give them a bit more TLC than I managed. "Terry IV" was brought in from the towpath of the Kennet and Avon Canal. He was being chewed by a German Shepherd Dog, when he was found. His carapace was quite tatty, but he recovered. cheers Darrel
  14. dw1305

    New Turtle Pond (UK)

    Hi all, I had six at one point, all "Red-eared Sliders" (Trachemys scripta ssp. elegans) and all fished out of various water courses around Bath. They were imaginatively called "Terry I" to "Terry VI". They lived in the large pond in the walled garden on our campus and grew from individual...
  15. dw1305

    Journal Lockdown wildlife pond

    Hi all, That was what I wanted. I'd guess that this was peak pond (2012) in terms of biodiversity. But succession didn't stop there and by 2018 it was just solid plants (mainly Equisetum fluviatile & Eleocharis palustris) with no visible water. I was in New Zealand during the 2018 summer...
  16. dw1305

    Journal Lockdown wildlife pond

    Hi all, That was the problem with the <"first iteration of our pond">, it went from <"bare pond"> to full pond <"to swamp"> much too quickly. cheers Darrel
  17. dw1305

    Journal Mission Bathtub and the Pollywog Party...

    Hi all, The ones in the photo are <"Cepaea hortensis">, C. nemoralis is very similar, but has a dark lip to the shell. They are <"polymorphic">. These are the snails that <"nearly all geneticists worked on"> before they could actually look at genes, because of their shell markings. cheers Darrel
  18. dw1305

    Journal Mission Bathtub and the Pollywog Party...

    Hi all, <"Definitely an opening">. There was a vogue for "Snail egg caviar" about 30 years ago in the UK, but as far as I know not many people are eating Garden Snails at the moment. The Edible (Roman) Snail isn't native to the UK, but is/was naturalised in a <"few places in S. England">. We...
  19. dw1305

    Journal Mission Bathtub and the Pollywog Party...

    Hi all, Garden snail (Cornu (Helix) aspersum). They <"are edible">, but they aren't the "Edible Snail" (Helix pomatia). cheers Darrel
  20. dw1305

    Journal Mission Bathtub and the Pollywog Party...

    Hi all, "Green" frogs (Pelophylax spp.) are much more aquatic than the Common Frog (Rana temporaria), which only hunts terrestrially. We have naturalised Pool Frogs in quite a few places now in the UK (our native Pool Frog has gone extinct). cheers Darrel
  21. dw1305

    Journal Wildlife Pond

    Hi all, Strangely enough Corsham has been referred to as <"Cornwall in the Cotswolds">, but both "constantly sunny" and "a lovely sandy beach" might be pushing it a bit. In the UK <"West Wittering">? Years ago I went to Afife (N. of Viana do Castelo), and the ten days I was there it fulfilled...
  22. dw1305

    Journal Wildlife Pond

    Hi all, There were a lot of people looking at the windows of our <"local estate agents"> the other day, while not knowing exactly where they came from <"London would be my guess"> for a lot of them. cheers Darrel
  23. dw1305

    Journal Mission Bathtub and the Pollywog Party...

    Hi all, Floral architecture, for R. indica it says " Flowers sessile, axillary, solitary. " cheers Darrel
  24. dw1305

    Journal Mission Bathtub and the Pollywog Party...

    Hi all, I think that one might be Rotala indica. cheers Darrel
  25. dw1305

    Builder's tea

    Hi all, Certainly for Salmon, but it isn't really the blackwater that is important it is mainly because they only really still exist in rivers that originate in upland regions, and these are often peat stained. One of the advantages for the salmon is that these peaty uplands are relatively...
  26. dw1305

    Builder's tea

    Hi all, One with lots of leaves and wood in it. Ponds would naturally be surrounded by trees <"in most natural situations"> with dead leaves and woody debris present, <"tinting the water">. We often think of gravel pits, ponds and lakes in fields etc. with rush or grass lined edges, but that is...
  27. dw1305

    Journal Lockdown wildlife pond

    Hi all, Yes and "yes & no", would be my guess. The main issue in the pond is that it is a rampant grower, the other problem is escape into the wild. cheers Darrel
  28. dw1305

    Journal Lockdown wildlife pond

    Hi all, That was what I was thinking. The plant in the middle of the pond (that has just become emergent) looks like it might be <"Parrot's-feather (Myriophyllum aquaticum)">? cheers Darrel
  29. dw1305

    Growing moss on pond liner?

    Hi all, No very limy water. I had Pinguicula vulgaris for a bit. I've seen it in fens in Ireland and Wales, so I knew that it didn't have a problem lime rich water. The problem was that the sedges (Carex spp.) over ran it. cheers Darrel
  30. dw1305

    Journal New project for me week off

    Hi all, <"Campanula poscharskyana "> is the rampant growing one, it would be ideal because you could just mow it off in the lawn. <"Geum rivale"> would be another good one, and I really like <"Geranium sanguineum "Striatum">, which flowers a long time. They tend to go under in our garden...
  31. dw1305

    Journal New project for me week off

    Hi all, Ajuga reptans "Burgundy glow", Lysimachia nummularia? Easy to grow native plants that like damp ground but will grow in relatively dry conditions. cheers Darrel
  32. dw1305

    Journal Lockdown wildlife pond

    Hi all, I can have a go. I haven’t tended to post Hornwort, because if it’s held up I the post you just get green <“mush“>. I’ve got a few plants and bits to post. So far it has been bit hit and miss with the couple of parcels that I’ve posted since March. Cheers Darrel
  33. dw1305

    Journal Lockdown wildlife pond

    Hi all, I <"maybe a millionaire"> I have six buckets and a pond full. Reminds me of @Edvet 's <"Duckweed mountain">. cheers Darrel
  34. dw1305

    Clay soil as substrate / liner for baskets

    Hi all, Yes, I'd go for the clay sub-soil, to try and reduce the initial nutrient load. I think you will need to cap it as @rebel suggests. I think the boxes are good, but I would be very wary about planting anything too rampant as well. Typha minima would be an option. At work they put Carex...
  35. dw1305

    Journal New project for me week off

    Hi all, Looks like it might be "Pickerel Weed" (<"Pontederia cordata">). cheers Darrel
  36. dw1305

    Journal Nano pond - 2020

    Hi all, They are prohibited from sale. In the UK, the smooth newt is protected under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, with respect to sale only. Great crested newts are fully protected and so is their habitat etc. They are <"fairly common in gardens etc.">. When I put the...
  37. dw1305

    Little brown worms on top of rocks in pond

    Hi all, The Owl Midges (Psychodidae) look promising. This is from <"Diptera.info">. cheers Darrel
  38. dw1305

    Little brown worms on top of rocks in pond

    Hi all, Yes, there are loads of "Midge" larvae that aren't the <"Mosquito larvae"> that we are familiar with. Even people who survey freshwater invertebrates often lump the fly (Diptera) larvae into fairly broad categories, because they aren't easy to get a definitive ID on. You get Biting...
  39. dw1305

    Little brown worms on top of rocks in pond

    Hi all, Yes they are Midge larvae. cheers Darrel
  40. dw1305

    Journal Lockdown wildlife pond

    Hi all, I wouldn't worry too much, I like lots of plant and they will grow over and soften and blur the edges. cheers Darrel
  41. dw1305

    Journal Lockdown wildlife pond

    Hi all, It is a <"recommendation"> from (the Ponds Trust etc) if you build a new <"wildlife pond">. cheers Darrel
  42. dw1305

    Journal Lockdown wildlife pond

    Hi all, It definitely works, the other advantage is that the liner isn't exposed as the water level drops. I was lucky there, I just put the stone I'd dug out making the pond, back into the pond <"to create the rock terraces">. Having said that digging the pond would have been a lot easier...
  43. dw1305

    Journal Lockdown wildlife pond

    Hi all, I definitely <"would do this as well">. My garden pond just had rock and a bit of dead wood put in it when I finished, but it all still grew rather quicker than I hoped. I'd be a bit concerned about the soil. I think it will introduce too many nutrients, and possibly wick the water out...
  44. dw1305

    Journal Freds new pond build

    Hi all, That is a great post. cheers Darrel
  45. dw1305

    Journal Wildlife Pond

    Hi all, The tree is Acer saccharinum, Acers are the trees they make maple syrup from, so it may have been <"after the sap">?. I didn't know that British Woodpeckers did this, but <"apparently they do">. I'll be interested to see how they Pitcher plants (Sarracenia) do as well, I think the...
  46. dw1305

    Journal Wildlife Pond

    Hi all, That is <"Colletes hederae">. cheers Darrel
  47. dw1305

    Round indoor pond project queries.

    Hi all, Do you know what you bought the Cryptocoryne as? You might be <"able to identify it from the flower">, and that would give us some idea if the two names coincide. I'll @Mick.Dk, he is most likely to know. cheers Darrel
  48. dw1305

    Journal Mission Bathtub 2019

    Hi all, I think it is to every-one benefit, I've been the recipient of gifts from many people (including from @zozo). If @frothhelmet hadn't given me the moss and black-worms I wouldn't have been able to swap them on. If giving some-one some plants can persuade them that plants make a real...
  49. dw1305

    Journal Mission Bathtub 2019

    Hi all, Might have been @MirandaB? In which case the moss originally came from Gerard (@frothhelmet) Actually from <"earlier in this thread">. So we have @frothhelmet to thank for the moss and <"Black-worms">. I don't have any proof, but I think most of the Black-worms (Lumbriculus) on sale in...
  50. dw1305

    Journal Mission Bathtub 2019

    Hi all, @Lindy. Mystery solved. I think that your moss <"originally came from me">, via Lindy and Jordi, and I.........don't know what it is, or where I originally got it from. cheers Darrel
  51. dw1305

    Journal Mission Bathtub 2019

    Hi all, All the names of mosses are made up anyway. I think you need an exotic back story, a mystery moss from Surinam, Indonesia etc, imported by chance, something like How about Taxiphyllum <"Holambra">, arrived from the Brazilian city of that name, as packing in box of orchids, rescued by...
  52. dw1305

    Journal Mission Bathtub 2019

    Hi all, Do you have a local fish shop? I've taken my spare moss into a couple of shops and in one case they even give me a credit note for it. cheers Darrel
  53. dw1305

    Journal Jungle pond project...

    Hi all, <"Southern Hawker">. Brilliant, I like the Tetrapanax. cheers Darrel
  54. dw1305

    Journal How not to build a wildlife pond...

    Hi all, Stratiotes looks good. Very nice, do you know which species it is? I've always fancied the look of Iris ensata, but I've never had suitable soil. cheers Darrel
  55. dw1305

    Allotment Pond

    Hi all, It is amazing how quickly floating plants will grow at this time of year if nutrients are available. I've posted a picture in <"Get your garden out"> which shows just how much the Azolla has spread in ~10 days. cheers Darrel
  56. dw1305

    Allotment Pond

    Hi all, Put some floaters on it, any-one will do now its warm. If you use Azolla it is nitrogen fixing and you can just add any spare to the allotment. cheers Darrel
  57. dw1305

    Journal How not to build a wildlife pond...

    Hi all, It is, I was admiring the Royal Fern (Osmunda regalis) as well. They do, frogs like a shallow area in full sun to spawn in. Permanent ponds are rarely any good for frogs because of the newts, dragonfly larvae etc. eat the tadpoles. Years go some-one gave me a bucket of rescued...
  58. dw1305

    Mini Heated Pond

    Hi all, Yes it isn't really the temperature, it is changes in the CO2/O2 ratio during photosynthesis when the sun is shining, and sun-shine also increases the temperature. Oxygen is a base (it is really O-H) so when the sun shines CO2 is depleted (so you have less carbonic acid (H2CO3)) and...
  59. dw1305

    Tubbin'

    Hi all, It isn't <"legally for sale"> anywhere in the EU (or the UK after March 2019:(), and hasn't been since 2016. The complete list of plants and animals (including the 2017 additions) is here: <"IAS of Union Concern"> cheers Darrel
  60. dw1305

    Tubbin'

    Hi all, It is definitely M. aquaticum, I'm really surprised it is still for sale. I've just looked and it says on the <"Aquasabi web page"> .... "A new milfoil for larger aquaria, assumed to originate from the Brazilian state of Roraima. ........It probably is a local form of Myriophyllum...
  61. dw1305

    Tubbin'

    Hi all, Quality job, the Lobelia cardinalis is nice. I've never managed to keep the snails off it for long enough to flower. That one is the infamous "Parrot's Feather" <"Myriophyllum aquaticum">. cheers Darrel
  62. dw1305

    Journal Mission Bathtub 2018

    Hi all, I'm none the wiser, but it looks intriguing. If it is a bryozoan you should be able to see the feeding polyps. cheers Darrel
  63. dw1305

    Journal Mission Bathtub 2018

    Hi all, There is a thought, Gerard @frothhelmet sent me an unknown moss in ~2010, which I decided was a "Peacock moss" like Taxiphyllum spp. and I might have sent some to @MirandaB? I think Taxiphyllum spp. have the double row of leaves along the stem, like your moss. The problem is that I...
  64. dw1305

    Journal Mission Bathtub 2018

    Hi all, I think it maybe the true Leptodictyum riparium, which isn't the moss usually sold as L. riparium. Have a look at <Flowgrow: Lepto.....>. The other similar moss is <"Flowgrow: Calliergonella cuspidata">, that has rounded "leaf" tips under a low powered microscope. cheers Darrel
  65. dw1305

    Journal Jungle pond project...

    Hi all, A lot of the Himalayan plants are like that, they have a consistently cool, dry winter and an incredibly wet, cool, summer monsoon season. A number of them <"aren't "hardy" in the UK">, despite growing at high altitude, this is because they are covered by a deep blanket of snow in the...
  66. dw1305

    Journal Jungle pond project...

    Hi all, I like the <"Tetrapanax">. It is <"Primula vialii">, it is easy from seed, but I've never had an individual plant last long. <"Persicaria (Polygonum) bistorta"> is a good garden plant, and <"Persicaria (Polygonum) amphibia"> is a good one for a pond, partially because it copes with...
  67. dw1305

    Journal Mission Bathtub 2018

    Hi all, That might possibly be your culprit. Having said that Herons are very effective at finding ponds, and you'd be amazed where you see them very early in the morning. cheers Darrel
  68. dw1305

    Journal Mission Bathtub 2018

    Hi all, Wet snow here last night and has rained for the last 48 hours. The one with the capsules might be <"Calliergonella cuspidata">. Not sure, it might be a <"Bryzoan">? cheers Darrel
  69. dw1305

    Journal Mission Bathtub 2018

    Hi all, It should have done, it grows right up into N. Scotland in the UK, and across Scandinavia, Russia, Canada etc.. cheers Darrel
  70. dw1305

    Round indoor pond project queries.

    Hi all, From what I remember, as zoos go, it was quite good, with a lot of modern enclosures. There were some of old wrought iron aviaries that aren't in use, but were retained as listed structures. We stayed very close to the wildlife park in Emmen, but we didn't visit, it was the end of...
  71. dw1305

    Round indoor pond project queries.

    Hi all, I remember seeing "Aquatopia" on the corner of the square opposite the zoo, but we didn't go in, sounds like a shame it has closed. It was definitely the zoo where I saw them, and I think the big Clown Loaches were really chunky and dark coloured. cheers Darrel
  72. dw1305

    Round indoor pond project queries.

    Hi all, We need a Belgian (or near to Belgium Dutch member?) to go and check (or find them via the WWW?), but I'm pretty sure there are some really huge Clown Loaches in Antwerp Zoo. I went there about eight years ago when we swapped our house with some people in Emmen and drove there from...
  73. dw1305

    Round indoor pond project queries.

    Hi all, Brilliant, you could have a go at growing <"some new plants">. cheers Darrel
  74. dw1305

    Round indoor pond project queries.

    Hi all, It mentions them developing a "bluish sheen" before spawning in the <"SeriouslyFish"> profile, which I think is your green back. cheers Darrel
  75. dw1305

    Round indoor pond project queries.

    Hi all, That would be my guess as well, the fish are in really good condition and showing their adult coloration. cheers Darrel
  76. dw1305

    Growing moss on pond liner?

    Hi all, The idea was that it was a wildlife pond, but unfortunately I planted a lot of plants that would have been suitable for a large pond, but were very unsuitable for a small pond, and rapidly went from that to no visible water. cheers Darrel
  77. dw1305

    Growing moss on pond liner?

    Hi all, Can you put stones on it? You want something that isn't too shiny or hard. I dug a lot of limestone rubble up when I dug our pond and I just used them to cover <"over the liner">, and they grew moss really well. cheers Darrel
  78. dw1305

    Journal Mission Bathtub 2017

    Hi all, The little plant from the pavement is Sagina procumbens. The plant with the red flower is Anagallis arvensis. Cheers Darrel
  79. dw1305

    Journal I'm sure there was a pond there

    Hi all, I did away with my <"front garden lawn in 2008">. I'd already converted the spare parking space into a "scree". This was the pond in 2010. Unfortunately I planted some fairly unsuitable plants (Eleocharis palustris, Equisetum fluviatile, Phalaris arundinacea "Picta", various Carex...
  80. dw1305

    Round indoor pond project queries.

    Hi all, I think your palm is a <"Howea">, and @sciencefiction's a <"Chamaedorea">. cheers Darrel
  81. dw1305

    solar powered air pump

    Hi all, Yes, it obviously depends on all sort of factors, orientation and pitch of the roof, how large your system is etc. You get the free electric as well, which is increasingly valuable. The cost of ours is well over half paid of since 2011. Our roof face SE, but this is actually almost as...
  82. dw1305

    solar powered air pump

    Hi all, The FIT was guaranteed for 25 years in the UK, index linked for inflation. When we got our panels (2011) it was literally a license to print money, but the Government then halved the FIT, before effectively removing it (£0.0411 per kWh in 2016/17). You can see our solar generation at...
  83. dw1305

    jumbo kois

    Hi all, <"Rainbow Koi"> in Melksham used to have a really large Koi carp called "Su". I usually pick up Eheim spares from them and I saw her a couple of times. I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but she is/was very pale in colour and looked a bit like a drowned pig. cheers Darrel
  84. dw1305

    Round indoor pond project queries.

    Hi all, Would be my guess. A lot of tropical floaters (<"Ludwigia sedoides">, Eichornia crassipes,Victoria amazonica) are really difficult to over-winter in the UK, probably <"because of low light levels">. cheers Darrel
  85. dw1305

    Round indoor pond project queries.

    Hi all, It is most likely to be light levels, Eichornia needs a lot of light to get through the winter. cheers Darrel
  86. dw1305

    Round indoor pond project queries.

    Hi all, <"Hygroryza aristata"> would be ideal for what you want. Just root it in the basket. cheers Darrel
  87. dw1305

    Round indoor pond project queries.

    Hi all, It could be <"Nephrolepis exaltata">. cheers Darrel
  88. dw1305

    Round indoor pond project queries.

    Hi all, Could you hook them over the edge with stainless steel hangers or wire? <"Stainless Steel Butcher's Hook?"> that sort of thing? cheers Darrel
  89. dw1305

    Journal Freds new pond build

    Hi all, It can be, I wouldn't use it on small fish as an anaesthetic. It should be noted that Clove Oil isn't <"approved for veterinary use">. The "euthanasia" thread <"is here">. It is a pretty effective <"antimicrobial"> (due to the eugenol content). Adocortyl in Orabase is available again in...
  90. dw1305

    Journal Mission Bathtub 2016

    Hi all, Nymphoides peltata is nice. It may survive outside, it is probably a form of M. aquaticum. cheers Darrel
  91. dw1305

    Journal How not to build a wildlife pond...

    Hi all, Very nice. Is the flower from Egeria densa? cheers Darrel
  92. dw1305

    Journal Mission Bathtub 2016

    Hi all, Snail, they love Lobelia cardinalis. cheers Darrel
  93. dw1305

    Journal Freds new pond build

    Hi all, There are a few places in the UK that get very little frost. Tresco (in the Scilly Islands) is pretty much frost-free, and home to the <"Abbey Garden"> In the SW of England the gardens at <"Trengwainton>", <"Glendurgan">, <"Coleton Fishacre">, <"Abbotsbury"> etc. and in Scotland...
  94. dw1305

    Journal Freds new pond build

    Hi all, There aren't really any <"hardy ferns that will grow submerged">. Your best bet (for a constantly wet site) are Royal Fern (Osmunda regalis), Shuttlecock Fern (Matteucia struthiopteris), Marsh Fern (Thelypteris palustris) and Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina). Marsh Fern isn't widely...
  95. dw1305

    Journal Wild Pond gone Wilder 1 Year Later!

    Hi all, UK are natives are easy, because there aren't many of them, they are scientifically well described, and <"ID books"> are widely available. Aquarium plants are a lot more difficult to name, even if you know where they come from (and often we don't). I'm very unusual these days in that...
  96. dw1305

    Journal Mission Bathtub 2016

    Hi all, They are definitely <"Simuliidae larvae">, you only get them in flowing water. The major down-side is the female adults bite. cheers Darrel
  97. dw1305

    Journal Wild Pond gone Wilder 1 Year Later!

    Hi all, The tall one growing by the decking is "Figwort", it could be either Scrophularia nodosa or S. auriculata. Scophularia auriculata (Water Figwort) has winged stems, and that would be my guess. When it flowers you will be amazed by how many wasps it attracts. The plant with the filigree...
  98. dw1305

    Journal Mission Bathtub 2016

    Hi all, Very nice. I think it is probably a Liverwort rather than a fern prothallus. It has gemmae on the thallus and obvious pores, so <"Marchantia polymorpha"> looks a possible ID. The grass looks to be either Dactylis glomerata or Poa "compressa", you may be able to tell which from the...
  99. dw1305

    Does green water matter if you don't keep fish?

    Hi all, Add some Daphnia, they will clean the green water up and are top quality free fish food. cheers Darrel
  100. dw1305

    Journal How not to build a wildlife pond...

    Hi all, It should start to decline as the plant mass (Hippuris etc) increases, usually you get a bit of an algal bloom in the spring and then it declines during the summer. The Polystichum fern looks good. Do you know which species it is? cheers Darrel
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