Helen's Garden Renovation Project

Friday 27 July 2012

Rainbow cobbles

Filed under: Pond,Progress — Helen @ 2:47 pm

The lilies that J Parkers sent me free of charge with my order have started flowering.

A Giant Oriental Lily (Mixed)

A Giant Oriental Lily (Mixed)

Not only does this lily look beautiful, but I can smell it at the other end of the garden. I tried planting a few lily bulbs some years ago but the plants got eaten, and so I gave up and never tried planting lilies again. But of course, if someone sends you the bulbs, you might as well plant them. I put lots of slug pellets around them at first, but apart from that have given them no protection. And nothing seems to have eaten them. Which is more than can be said for me. I went out at dusk on Wednesday to water my plants, and got bitten very itchily on my arms and face.

On the day of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, I lost the biggest competition on the gardening calendar: the Willowherb Elimination Stakes. For those who have never partaken in this great event, the rules are very simple: pull up all the willowherb before it sets seed. Today I found one with a couple of fluffy seedpods attached, and as I pulled it up, a few seeds drifted down to the soil. I am not disappointed, because I always lose.

We had a brief shower this morning, but apart from that it has been dry for a week, and I have now emptied out the shallow pond. Sorry to the frog who visited earlier this week, but alternative accommodation is just a few yards away. My aim is to stop the leak between the render around the stone edging and the pond liner by neatening up the render, filling any gaps, and then using a pond sealant to plug the gap between render and liner.

I also want to install some cobbles around the edge, gluing them to the liner with the pond sealant. I like white cobbles, but I think they would look strange with everything else being brown or black. So, a few weeks ago, I bought some rainbow cobbles from B&Q. You may not think that they look very pretty.

Boring sandy cobbles

Boring sandy cobbles

In fact, it wouldn’t be unfair to say that they look like a load of potatoes. However, after giving them a quick scrub underwater, their appearance has been transformed.

Rainbow cobbles after washing the sand off

Rainbow cobbles after washing the sand off

I need to wash the cobbles thoroughly, not just for appearance, but so that the glue will stick properly. This is quite a nice job to do in hot weather.

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