Thursday, 29 March 2012

Un-Friendly Fountain Garden.

 
Just a year ago, I decided to abandon my tiny fish pond and create a 'small plant garden' instead. I'm not very good at flowering plants, so choosing what would go where was rather haphazard. All I knew was that I wanted Aubretia to hang down at the front.

Most of the plants were just taken from elsewhere and transplanted, a few others I bought. Anyway, I'm quite pleased to see that it is still doing well.

I have plenty of interesting foliage, a few flowers, and the prospect of more to come.... My only real problem was doing away with the water that so many friendly creatures found essential. 


These toads, that used to live in the pond, have now taken to life on the pool cover, on which there is still a small amount of water. The results of their labours are illustrated below. I shall have to place them, and their eggs, in a bucket, and take them down to the lake.


I feel as if I should apologise to them, but I don't think they'd understand.

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21 comments:

  1. That garden looks great - I must get out in mine and do a tidy up.

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    1. No leaves on the trees yet, but it's all about to happen!

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  2. Aubrieta (also Aubretia) is a genus of about 12 species of flowering plants in the cabbage family Brassicaceae. The genus is named after Claude Aubriet, a French flower-painter. Looks nice in flower and should grow in our climate - must check it out at the nursery.

    I can see Iris, Sage-like plant ? Stachys byzantina (lambs ear plant), ? nasturtiums or Carpobrotus (pigface), pansies, what looks like lavender.

    Nice little garden.

    as for the F*&king toads, drop them in the fire!

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    1. I'm a veg' grower, so flower names don't do much for me (I can never remember them anyway). I expect my Aubritia is the most common variety; it's the one I see everywhere.

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    2. You've got an ideal little 'nook' for growing kitchen herbs in there - basil, thyme, sage, tarragon, mint, marjoram, fennel, rosemary, chives - all of which are 'attractive' in their own right as well as useful.

      Look to http://www.angelfire.com/ga/earthwise/importantkitchenherbs.html for some information. Many will grow in half-moon pots wall mounted under your roof line for protection from severe elements.

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  3. It looks great Cro, I think your bits and pieces fit together very well..I think I also would do a walk to the lake...well done..

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  4. Poor old frogs - can't you sink a washing-up bowl in the ground for them or something. Considering you are veg man I think you have done well with the border - love the lions head.

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  5. very pretty little garden. Is that the house wall? it looks delightfully secluded.
    ps I was only teasing about the horseradish omelette, I can't think of anything less appetising!

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  6. Thank goodness; I didn't know what to say. No it's a fountain/fish pond that I built at the top end of our pool. It always leaked, and the fish always died. There was no other choice.

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  7. I love the different colors of green in your garden.

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  8. I think your little garden is charming. Your choice of plants is lovely and interesting. As for the toads -- I was going to suggest kissing one, but isn't that a fairy story? ;-)

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  9. Love the garden, Mr. M, very lovely and old world, which I love.
    You have busy frogs, Mr. M.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  10. We only have one toad at a time living under the wood pile and drinking from the outdoor dog bowl. At least I think it was one. They all look alike, you know. Looks like you probably should intervene with your brood.

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  11. is that lion smoking a cigar?

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  12. Your little garden looks fantastic Cro. Bet the toads think they're in toad heaven there.

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  13. I those were snakes (in the bottom picture) at first. Who knew frog eggs came in their own little gellish—ah never mind, I don't want to know.

    Pretty fountain though. You should definitely do the herb thing!

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  14. Is that a Lion smoking a cigar :)

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  15. Beautiful. And it doesn't matter a bit if you know the names of the flowers or not. Whether it's creating beauty on a canvas or creating beauty in a garden, it's still art, and what look good, looks good, whatever the name. (Poor frogs.)

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  16. Lovely little garden! I especially like the water "bowl", I am still looking for a bird bath for our garden.

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  17. Your little flower garden is lovely. Far more flowery than anything I've got going at the moment and I am a flower gardener!

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