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Pond Before and After...

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I hope it was as good a weekend for all of you, our summer has returned, don’t know how long for but we made the most of the glorious sunshine.
I have shown you before how the yellow iris were taking over our fishpond, they really need to go and obviously out of my league this year..

Morgan was no help whatsoever but Juliet our youngest daughter and a gardener as passionate as we all are arrived to help her dad lift them out of the pond..

At one point I thought Derek was going in after them, then Juliet starts getting all excited, "Wow mum look at all of these !!..What can we do?


Six frogs all hiding in amongst the Iris, I kid you not its a wonder she didn’t fall trying to get them to move, of course they weren’t having any of that, I convinced her they’d be quite safe and stay on the plants, which most of them did..
As usual the appropiate tools were used for the job, two kitchen knives, my small ladies spade and a sheet of heavy duty plastic, first they had to cut away some of the leaves to see what they were doing (I was allowed the easy job of placing the leaves in the wheelie bin) then they managed to get the spade under the basket which half the Irises were planted in, all the rest had forced themselves through the basket, I had to help again by standing on the handle of said spade ( another very important job) lol, it took a lot of tugging and laughter but the huge clump was eventually hauled out of the pond and onto the plastic sheet, which was then dragged all the way down the garden and is now sitting at the back of the willow tree complete with frog family, we left it on the plastic so as it doesn’t take root, will probably take me the rest of this year and all next winter to gradually dispose of in my wheelie bin…

One little one hitching a ride on a lily stem wondering where all his mates have gone..


As you can see there are still a few of the Iris growing in the bed at the back of the pond and there are also some growing in the little pool that is at the top of our waterfall, mainly hidden by the Juniper so will still have some next springtime..


Pump cleaned out and netting replaced, jobs a goodun and the fish are happy, we then spent the rest of the afternoon guiding frogs into the pond because the cat noticed them hopping about the bottom lawn..


OOPS !!!
Derek caught me having a bit of a tidy up, I didnt know until I downloaded my photo’s, well I had been very good up until then..LOL..

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lol :O) We did that job with our Iris in the pond about a fortnight ago. Darned things had grown that big and flopped over with the last big wind we had, blowing them all over the pond and burying the waterlillies. Its a hard job getting them out, glad you were doing the most important job and not trying to lift heavy planters. A little tidy around is allowed but then you must sit and relax. Pleased you found frogs and got them back to the pond safely. :O) Good to have the sunshine back just a pity it was not here when Karen was down from Scotland.

3 Aug, 2015

 

I planted my irises in the margins without baskets only large pebbles holding them in place. You've got me worried now they're going to take over. Your pond looks much better now after all the tidying up. But don't you go doing too much. Gently does it.

3 Aug, 2015

 

Well done...it looks lovely and neat and tidy.
Us Gardeners have so many problems, don't we, either our plants won't grow or they grow too much. Ha ha.......I wish someone could teach the plants to read the labels so they know how big they are supposed to grow!!!
The frogs obviously love your pond and garden...
Take it easy!!
We also had a glorious weekend and, after a dull start, the sun is out again this morning.
But, no gardening for me today, I have to meet another pirate in a while to work out and run through a little 'Pirate School' Show which we will be doing at a family festival 'KidsFest' this coming Sunday.

3 Aug, 2015

 

Olive and Waddy no more Iris going in that pond ever again, they look nice but we have learned our lesson, I'll stick to having them in the bed at the back and in the little pool, I do have a couple of the smaller blue ones in a basket in the bottom pond but I am keeping them thinned out and confined to the basket, I know from experience that they like to take over as well, my grandson helped me clear those ones a couple of years back, admittedly the bottom pond does not have any fish in it so that one is easier to keep under control, I should get some flowers on the waterlilies now they will get some sunshine on them.

3 Aug, 2015

 

Paul enjoy working out your routine and I hope it all goes well and you have a funfilled day...

3 Aug, 2015

 

i've given up on my water lily (helvola) it wasn't very big when I bought it last year but it's only got three tiny leaves on it and no sign of anything resembling a flower stalk. I wonder whether the tadpoles took a fancy to it when it started to show above the compost.
I'll stick with irises in the pond as that's the only place I have that's suitable - no baking sunny corner in my little yard.
I have a trip over to Seagate Irises booked for 2 weeks time (going to meet my new surrogate grandson in that part of the world)

3 Aug, 2015

 

Nominated it for goypedia Lincs, a timely reminder to be careful of pond life when tidying.....and how big irises grow when they're happy.....pleased you are enjoying supervising the workforce 😆

3 Aug, 2015

 

Typical! I leave and the sun arrives! lol! Must say, that looks a lot better now! Had to laugh at the thought of you guiding the frogs across the garden after their relocation! Lucky you ...I do hope I get some frogs next year. No sign of anything yet, but the pond is still quite exposed. Now, take care!

3 Aug, 2015

 

Urbanite my lilies in both ponds grow huge and usually by now they would have covered the surface, I know the Iris were part of the reason in the fishpond but they are also very small in the bottom pond this year so don't give up hope with it completely, it might surprise you next year..

3 Aug, 2015

 

Thanks Pam, I think the workforce did too much yesterday, he had lots of things planned for today and ended up asleep in the chair, trouble with that is he always wakes up moody, we have sent him up to his computer, lol....

3 Aug, 2015

 

Ah!! but Karen at least you brought the rain with you, we were very thankful as our gardens around these parts were really parched, apparently August is not going to be any better according to the web and its already turned cool again...

3 Aug, 2015

 

It is strange.....I have frogs and I don't have a pond. Says a lot about our Scottish weather. Your pond looks great Lincslass .... what hard work tho'.

3 Aug, 2015

 

Everytime I see a garden with a pond I want one! Too old now I think and it would probably overflow if the flooding returns so I will just enjoy yours. It looks brilliant after the tidy up and I bet that little bit you did at the end finished if off perfectly :) Well done all of you.

4 Aug, 2015

 

I glad the irises got sorted Sue. I do like them but if they were too big, there was nothing else for it.
I'm pleased to hear about the frogs too. They must have been wondering what on earth was going on :o)

4 Aug, 2015

 

A job well done, the difference is like day and night, congratulations!

5 Aug, 2015

 

Gee - you could go for a raised pond. There are quite a few 'of the shelf' versions these days with wood surround or you can build up walls of brick or railways sleepers etc, as you would for a raised bed. I installed my little pond within a raised bed - it takes up no more than 6ft x 3ft but that's partly because I wanted a waterfall at one end.

5 Aug, 2015

 

I do love your pond Sue ! I'm pleased you were being good...or so I thought until the last photo ! Hahaa!
We used to have there irises at Willow Cottage and they are definitely thugs ! But , they look so lovely when in flower !

5 Aug, 2015

 

What a transformation, well done to all, they are pretty if kept under control, pleased to hear you have a frog family in situ, we have one large one, at the moment!! glad to hear you are behaving yourself, well!! mostly lol

7 Aug, 2015

 

Your pond looks lovely now, a great job done. A good team effort. We thinned ours out last month and isn't it surprising what a tight hold they have on the bottom and sides of the pond. I used the bread knife and my sharpest veg knife to cut ours up and couldn't get as much out as I'd have liked. I was a bit nervous of slicing through the pond liner too.

7 Aug, 2015

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