ideas please

Construction and maintenance of ponds is covered here as well as pond and bog plants.

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February 11th, 2004, 9:39 pm #1

Having constructed it (however inexpertly) I consider the pond to be my little area of the garden. As yet it is just a hole in the ground full of water and so I would welcome some suggestions as to what to put in it from more experienced green-fingered types before Nigella takes over and tells me what she wants.
It is only small - approx 4.5 x 6 ft I would guess. I mostly like the idea of providing a home to a few frogs and things (this is Tadpole talking after all) but I really like water lilies. Are there some varieties small enough not to look ridiculous in our tiny area? And what else would you put in there?
There, I have made my first serious gardeny type posting. Don't let me down, I need to sound like I know what I am talking about when Nigella comes up with all her ideas about what should go in there
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February 11th, 2004, 9:59 pm #2

Tad, our pond is about the same size and it is full of plants round the edge. It has no fish as they eat tadpoles (sorry!) You can get miniature water lillies from B&Q or Focus and sometimes in Wilkinsons (we have a normal size one and the frogs love to sit on or hide under the leaves) I am going to have a slight clear out (or clear back!) of the plants cause they would take over the whole surface if I'm not careful. Where do you live (send me ezboard pm) I could send you some roots if you like. Also have a polystyrene circle with pipe going through it so that if pond freezes over this allows stale air to escape (which would kill frogs and newts)
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February 11th, 2004, 10:23 pm #3

I have a dwarf water lily in my pond - small maroon/green streaked leaves, plenty of them and small pale yellow flowers that are star shaped and approx 4-6cm - name is Nymphaea pygmaea *helvola*. We also have a smallish rock on the shelf that was originally put there for the birds to stand on and drink/bathe but the frogs love to just sit on the top of it.
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February 12th, 2004, 9:56 am #4

Tadpole
I made a small pond out of an old water tank last year. Here's a link to my Plant List. There's a little white water lily amongst them.
Sal's Pond Plants


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February 12th, 2004, 11:47 am #5

Here's 'Helvola' in my half-barrel:



And here's my list of possible plants for small and very small ponds:
Floating:
Hydrocaris morsus-ranae (Frogbit), white flowers, summer, spread 10 cm
*Eichhornia crassipes (Water-hyacinth), spread indefinite, tender
*Azolla caroliniana or A. filliculoides (Fairy moss), tiny fernlet leaves, spread indefinite, not fully hardy, reddens in full sun
*Lemnaceae (5 genera Duckweed), tiny oval bright green leaves, spread indefinite
Marginals:
Caltha leptosepala, white / yellow flowers, spring, height 30 cm
Caltha leptosepala, yellow flowers, spring, 30 x 10 cm
Caltha palustris Flore Plena, yellow flowers, spring, 25 cm
Mysotis scorpioides Mermaid (Water Forget-me-Knot), blue flowers, summer, 15 x 30 cm
Reed-type marginals:
Acorus gramineus (Variegatus) (Sweet sedge), 25 x 10 cm
Acorus gramineus Variegatus, 25 x 30 cm, frost hardy
*Eriophorum angustifolium (Cotton Grass), white fluffy flowers, summer, 10-30 x ? cm
*Typha minima, 45-60 x 30 cm
Oxygenators:
Anacharis densa syn. Egeria densa syn. Elodea densa, spread indefinite (frost tender) Anacharis is similar to Elodea
Elodea crispa syn. Lagarosiphon major, spread indefinite
Fontanillis anipyretica (Willow moss), spread indefinite, tolerates shade
*Myriophyllum aquaticum (Water milfoil, Parrots feather), spread indefinite, extends above the water surface as well (see the pic above left)
Water lilies:
Nymphaea Aurora, dwarf
Nymphaea Graciella, dwarf
Nymphaea Indiana, dwarf
*Nymphaea pygmaea Helvola, yellow flowers, summer, miniature, best in 10cm of water

The ones marked with an asterisk are those that I have in the half-barrel.
Don't worry about the 'spread indefinite' bit - it's easy to keep on top of invasive stuff in a very small space!

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February 12th, 2004, 1:50 pm #6

Thank you very much everyone for all those suggestions. I am very impressed by what some of you have managed to do in even less space than I have (and I liked your mosaics too Sal!)
I really ought to be working right now but have the urge to go looking for some of these plants though I guess it is a bit early yet.
I have to post some before and after photos when it all starts to take shape
thanks again
Paul
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February 12th, 2004, 5:53 pm #7

But whatever you do, don't use Cyperus Alternifolius. The seeds are a very fine dust which blow all over the garden.
Spring is nearly here.





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