Seeds, ponds and flowers

During last week online friend Louise very kindly asked if I would like some seeds.  I said yes please to some white Sweet Rocket (hesperis matronalis), which is a traditional Cottage Garden plant.  I received them yesterday along with a lovely card and message. I look forward to growing these, some  on the flower patch and also near the log pile.

This is my 1280th post and I notice that by far the most popular one is The plot ponds which I did back at the end of March 2011.  It got a linked mention in a Mumsnet post and ever since then people have clicked on it most weeks.  I don’t mention the ponds much, nor do I do much to them except check and top up with water.   Both are hardly visible at present, with the dustbin lid one ( left) being surrounded by grasses and the washing up bowl by the log pile has Willowherb ( below) around it.


I always say that all gardens and plots should have a pond on them, and my two have definitely been worthwhile features and good for wildlife.  Sitting just a few feet away watching foxes drinking from them is always wonderful to watch.




Alongside the path down from the main road down to the horticultural society trading shed is a narrow border including some pot marigolds, which being in a sheltered and sunny spot are already flowering.


Have a good week!

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23 Responses to Seeds, ponds and flowers

  1. Jo says:

    The pond I have in my garden is tiny but it attracts all manner of wildlife. Any sort of water feature is definitely worth having in a garden. The weather is spoiling us this weekend, there aren’t many bank holidays where the sun shines as it has done this time.

    • Flighty says:

      Jo as you show even a really small pond is worth having. It sure is, and it’s certainly not typical Bank Holiday weekend weather. I hope that you’re enjoying it. xx

  2. Jade says:

    I do love wildlife a lot. Your wildlife ponds and their surrounding greens look just so beautiful and natural. I guess I can feel your pleasure watching foxes drinking water from them!

  3. Menhir1 says:

    Simple gadgets make for great, but different interests by humans and wildlife. Sweet rocket should be nice in your salads. Xx

  4. My pond is an old sink full of water. Glad to hear they still work! Xx

  5. Chloris says:

    Toads and newts are welcome visitors to the pond. We used to have loads of frogs but these seem quite rare now.

  6. CJ says:

    Wow, that’s a lot of posts, well done you. I agree, every plot, however small, should have some water. My pond was full of frogs and newts a while back, amazing how they appear once there’s somewhere for them to go. Those marigolds are early indeed, although it felt like summer today. Have a good week Flighty. CJ xx

    • Flighty says:

      CJ thanks. Good for you. Lucky you, it sure is. In a sheltered, sunny spot pot marigolds keep going almost year round. Thanks, and you too. xx

  7. Liz says:

    Your small ponds look very appealing. I can see why they attracted a lot of attention.
    How nice to receive the seeds.
    The pot marigolds must be a delight and surprise to see in bloom so early.

  8. Linda Penney says:

    Awesome update Flighty thank you for sharing and blessings

  9. allotment99b says:

    You have inspired me to put a pond on my plot!

  10. snowbird says:

    I just love sweet rocket, so scented and pretty. 1280? goodness, long may you continue! I love ponds, they are so beneficial to wildlife, lovely to hear of the foxes using yours. I can understand why that post is so popular, people just love water in a

  11. karen says:

    It just goes to show that any pond, no matter what size, is valuable to wildlife. I’ve got some old butlers sinks I’m going to set up under my potting shed window. I shall make sure that I put a big stone in the middle so that birds can perch there and use it for drinking and bathing. We have a horseshoe shaped pond in the wild garden which is currently surrounded with marsh marigolds and lady’s smock flowers which orange tip butterflies love. Hope you are enjoying your weekend Mike. I must count up how many blogs I’ve written. I think it is less than 100 to be honest. Your numbers are quite an achievement. All the best. Karen

    • Flighty says:

      Karen I agree, I know someone who just has a six inch plant pot saucer on her small rockery which birds use. Lucky you with the sinks, they should look good. I am thanks, despite it being rather wet.
      Thanks, I’m amazed at the number of posts I’ve written and how long I’ve been blogging. And to you too. xx

      • karen says:

        I’m looking around for any containers I might find to make mini-ponds everywhere. The hedgehogs are whizzing about the lawn every night now. They drink a lot of water. Thanks again for the ideas and inspiration. xx

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