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  • LynLyn Posts: 21,373

    Mine is purely wildlife, just creatures that can take care of themselves, although in the Spring, i did feed the tads.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,275

    I grew up with a pond in the garden but in those days a wildlife pond was one where you rode your bike to,armed with one of those bamboo canes with a wire and plastic mesh net on the end. Then you caught whatever you could and put it in a jam jar. The pond we normally went to belonged to a farmer called Stan West but he was known simply as Westy.

    So the pond was called 'Westy's Pond' would you believe. Of course,we never did see Westy but stories went round that he was an ogre who ate children. We lived in terror of being caught until one day a tractor stopped in the road on the other side of the hedge. We grabbed our nets and jars to make a run for it. But too late,he was in the field but lo and behold he was just a man. And a little old man at that and what's more he was nice? It was a bit disappointing to be honest after all the stories we'd been told.

    We were told he didn't mind us using our nets but just as long as we didn't upset the Moorhen who always built her nest in the middle. We hadn't anyway but promised not to.

    But that was back in the 70s  image  

  • Oh my goodness Lyn, that is my husbands dream, if he owned that land he would have built a cabin on the lakeside and moved in too!

    I have had to give over 20ft of my garden to my husband and his koi obsession, but it is a small price to pay for a bit of peace image 

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    That lake is really lovelyimage

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     First back to book hibernation spot?

  • LynLyn Posts: 21,373

    Lovely frog, Daisy.

    Are those yellow flowers growing in the water or rooted round the edge and do you know what they are called please.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,275

    Lyn you took the words right out of my mouth. The frog is brilliant and so are those flowers.

  • Thanks folks.  The plant with the yellow flowers is actually in a pot planted in the marginal shelf,  Its perennial and spreads very fast in a creeping habit and will set down roots where it can.  It would cover the whole pond if I let it, but it's not difficult to control, just a snip here and there to maintain the size.  Unfortunately I have not been able to identify the plant but would love to know, perhaps another member can help!

    Any ideas?

  • LynLyn Posts: 21,373

    Thank you Daisy

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • I have now managed to identify the yellow flowering plant in my pond, found it on the Web.  It is a Creeping Water Primrose and apparently unlawful to plant in waterways in the wild due to its invasive habit! However it is fine in small ponds like mine where it is easy to control.

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