Sunday 12 April 2009

Wildlife Pond

We had a lovely day out on Good Friday looking for plants for my new wildlife pond.

We looked online and found a nursery in Brough, which is in East Yorkshire, called Mires Beck Nursery which specialises in wild flowers so we headed there. Unfortunately, this nursery was closed. It's also closed on Monday. What? The busiest gardening weekend of the year and they are closed on both bank holidays!

Driving through Brough we saw a sign for a water gardening specialist so we decided to call there. It had a great selection of plants and we came away with everything we wanted. The plants we chose are Typha Minima - Mini Bulrush, Mimulus Luteus - Monkey Musk, Caltha Palustris - Marsh Marigold and Oenanthe Japonica Flamingo - Variegated Water Celery.

We also called in at a garden centre called Yorkshire Garden Centre where we bought lots of wild flowers for the rest of the border, more on this later. This garden centre was excellent. The staff were knowledgable and only too happy to help, everything was laid out in order and most important the plants were well looked after. I hate garden centres where the plants have been pushed on a shelf in no apparent order, forgotten about and looking much worse for wear.

I think the shingle which we have added to the rim of the pond sets it off well.


  1. I think most garden centres are shut on Easter Sunday nowadays! Pain really. Your pond is looking good!

  2. Glad you got what you wanted in the end, Jo. Variegated Celery is a new one on me (well, all pond plants are). Is it edible? All you need now is some frogspawn. :D


  3. This was on Good Friday Libby. They were closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday (as most places are), and Easter Monday. I wouldn't close my business on the busiest gardening weekend of the year.

    Georgie, the Variegated Water Celery is apparently edible. It's supposed to taste something like parsnips and can be eaten in salads. I haven't tried it though.

  4. great work so far jo! you're already putting me to shame, but then i have been 200 miles away all easter! i was chomping at the bit to get going however and bought a bunch of plants and some cruicial tools that i didn't have already - my spade and fork. looking forward to following your progress :)

  5. Pond is looking great, much much nicer than ours at home which is in dire need of some TLC... I guess I should do it this weekend really.... ;)

  6. The pond is only 84cm X 64cm, but we didn't have room for anything bigger. Hopefully it will attract some beneficial insects into the garden.


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