Its the bank holiday weekend so we decided to go and spend the day at Mottisfont Abbey again, the sun was shining and we set off early to enjoy the day. We just so happened to be passing an aquatic/pond shop called ‘World of Water’ just down the road in Romsey so I thought I would pop in and swap my pond liner on the way (my pond has grown since I brought my small 2m by 1.5m pond liner!) I absolutely love this shop and it’s full of so many inspirational ideas and displays, it even has a large lake at the back and some of most cutest sheds!
I managed to part swap my liner for a larger 4m by 3m one and a very kind shop worker gave me some great advice whilst I was looking confused by the plants, there were so many to choose from! I managed to buy a water forget-me-not (Myosotis scorpioides), an oxygenating common water crowfoot (Ranunculus aquatilis) and two bunches of oxygenating Elodea crispa. The plan is to place the crowfoot and the water forget-me-not onto some shelves in the pond so that their foliage is above the water, and the elodea crispa is simply just placed into the water to do its buisiness. The water forget-me-not is also supposed to be great for egg laying but I also brought it because I just love forget-me-nots and thought that it would look pretty in the pond aswell as bring some colour to the area. Now I have all the plants all I need to do is finish digging my pond, fill it with a layer of sand and lay down the liner, then I will simply let all this rain we are forecast do it’s job!
Oh and I will quickly just mention how beautiful Mottisfont Abbey was today, the roses were starting to bloom and there were iris’s, fox gloves and many more pretty flowers in the walled gardens. It looked so different then when we last visited back in April and we are planning another visit in July (the joys of being a National Trust member!) We had a picnic and tea on the lawn before going on a 3 mile walk around the estate where we encountered wild meadows, lots of elderflower, prancing deer and some little streams. It was a perfect day 🙂