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Wildflowers for wildlife ponds and informal water gardens


 
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JennyS
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2007 10:06 pm    Post subject: Wildflowers for wildlife ponds and informal water gardens Reply with quote

There are many wildflowers that can be included when planting an informal pond to attract wildlife. Native plants provide a vital food source for many insects, which then encourages more birds to your pond and garden. One of the first butterflies to be seen in the spring is the Orange Tip, and though it will feed from a range of plants it only lays its eggs on Ladys Smock.

As native habitats are threatened it becomes more important to provide alternative 'safe havens' for insects, birds and native plants within gardens. Irish-grown wildflower seed is available for many species,
www.wildflowers.ie have an online catalogue, and I think they also supply plant plugs for some species.

Below from left to right are: Ragged Robin, Brooklime , Yellow Flag Iris




Above from left to right are: Water-lily, Water Avens and Ladies Smock

There are many native wildflowers that can add colour and diversity to a natural or constructed pond and its surrounding area, and more can be seen by following this link: www.irishwildflowers.ie/habitats/waterside

There is a clump of Marsh Cinquefoil about to flower just down the road from me, and when it does I'll put some more pictures up - strange reddish-purple flowers that must have been there last year but I never noticed them!

If you've got pictures of wildflowers from your garden or elsewhere please post them up as it would be great to see some photos other than just mine up here! And if theres something you'd like to know the name of I'll do my best to identify it.

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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2007 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi JennyS you have done it again, great pics. I planted Ladies Smock in my garden last year and its blooming right now, a great archectural plant, I thought it was Wild Iris or is that just a common name for it?
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2007 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi Shefra
I think you might have got a bit confused between Ladies Smock (also known as Cuckoo Flower) and Yellow Flag Iris, also known as Wild Iris so heres a couple of smaller pictures for id:
Ladies Smock Wild Iris, Yellow Flag

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is so helpful thank you for posting it JennyS
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meadowsweet. (Cimifuga) growing in the water.





Bulrush (Typhia Latifolia)





Arrowheads. (S something or other)





Local grass almost 3 metres high and growing in the water.





Watermint.





Local waterlife.





Loddon Lily.



Trouble can be though, that local wildlife that is attracted to water includes midges! Aaaagh! Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad

I can post up pics of Purple Loosestrife, Bogbean, Bog Myrtle, Weeping Sedge, all growing in our pond, etc if you like.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fabulous photos, kindredspirit, you must just love watching all the life in the pond.....well apart from the midges, I suppose. Well done, it has been an amazing project for you.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Sive.

It's an experimental one now as I'm trying to see which plants grow successfully under water.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks beautiful - how about adding fish to eat the midge larvae!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kindredspirit that pond looks fantastic, and some realy great plants too! would love one like that
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 03, 2010 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi JennyS.

I have sticklebacks (or maybe they're minnows?) in the pond. I'd rather not have goldfish because they look too artificial in a wildlife pond. There are froglets and newts in there too. And, ENORMOUS great diving beetles and their larvae. The midges are winning 100 NIL at the moment, though. Sad Sad

Here's some more pics (if people aren't bored with pics of the pond.)

Weeping sedge in the water.



Purple Loosestrife in the water.



Not a local plant but I'm experimenting with growing Hibiscus in water. (It's the small white flower, that you can see.)



Local lily/ floating buttercup type plant.



View of our natural wildlife pond from our kitchen window. Air was blue with damsel flies today and a cock pheasant spent quite a while here but when I went to pick up my camera, he decided that he was photo shy!



I have Yellow Flag in the pond as well but it's not a great flower because the flowers don't last very long. Bees love the long lasting Loosestrife but they don't seem to be interested in Iris.

Can you identify the tall grass growing in the pond on my first post? I "think" it may be Reed Canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea) but I don't know for certain.

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