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Yellow Flag and small ponds

Having just pulled out the yellow flag that we've had growing in our pond for 5 years, I find I'm reluctant to replant even a small piece of it. I'll confess I did give it a free rein so I can't really blame it. Though it was a titanic struggle as the roots had formed a huge mat, I used a knife first but had to resort to a saw. Who needs gym membership when you have gardening?

While I acknowledge it as a beautiful plant, I think it needs regular dividing in a smaller pond or it will take over. There is a soft rush in a basket that had totally disappeared, hopefully it will pick up now, ditto the lily. Loads of frogs though, of all sizes which I was pleased about. I left the other side of the pond intact so as not to destroy the pond's ecosystem.
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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,140
    edited September 2019
    Well done for getting it out, I think your pond is too small for that.
    yellow flag and small pond is an oxymoron.😀
    have you still got the water forget me not in there, I’ll be thinning mine soon? 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 8,876
    I grow it outside the pond. It gives a nice pondy look but it doesn't need to grow in the water.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,274
    Thanks Lyn but I stink of ponds now  :s
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,140
    I didn’t know that WE,  I may dig some of mine out and plant at the edge. Fishy65 said:
    Thanks Lyn but I stink of ponds now  :s
    Is that a yes or a no?😀
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,274
    Ah now that's an idea wild edges  :) Thank you.
  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,274
    The water forget me not disappeared long ago Lyn. Would you like some geum rivale in return?
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,140
    Be nice, good swap thank you 🙂
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 8,876
    The clump in the pic below is in the ground. The pond overflows and keeps the ground moist I suppose and the ground is shaded but I've seen it growing in full sun. If your soil dries out quickly then you can always bury a large pot or plastic liner to hold some moisture in.


    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,140
    That’s lovely bee friendly corner.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 8,876
    That bowles mauve has flowered its socks off this year. It's still covered in bees now.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
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