Helen's Garden Renovation Project

Thursday 7 April 2011

Amphibian apartheid – FAIL

Filed under: Magnolia,Pond,Progress — Helen @ 8:09 pm

This morning I watered all my potted plants because it has been so dry and even quite hot. I scooped the water out of the shallow pond to use for watering, and that was when I noticed that the newts had moved in. Now it says quite explicitly in the Plan that the newts are to use the deep, raised pond and the shallow pond is for the frogs. To be fair, I haven’t put up the warning notices or the CCTV cameras yet, but something tells me that I am not going to be able to enforce my amphibian apartheid, and the newts are going to eat all the frogspawn every spring as usual.

Newt in frog pond

Newt in frog pond

On the subject of gardening fails, my beautiful little hellbores that I planted from seeds from Chiltern Seeds have disappeared. There was a bit of slime in the pot, so I think that slugs or snails got them. I still have plenty of seeds left in the packet, but of course they may not germinate until next spring, which is a long time to wait. The instructions say that I should keep them at 0C for 6 weeks, so I put them in the fridge last time, but perhaps this time I will try the deep freeze in the hope that they will be tricked into germinating in the middle of summer. And I will protect them from the slugs and snails until they are big and strong.

However, the magnolia is not a fail. Oh no. And I really do not know which picture is the best so here are three of them.

Magnolia in full bloom view 1

Magnolia in full bloom view 1


Magnolia in full bloom view 2

Magnolia in full bloom view 2


Magnolia in full bloom view 3

Magnolia in full bloom view 3

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