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Memories of Beam Brook Aquatic Farm in Newdigate, Surrey

 

Memories of Beam Brook Aquatic Farm in Newdigate, Surrey

 

During my childhood, I used to frequently visit a very special place called Beam Brook Aquatic Fish Farm.  Also known by locals as The Field Station, this wonderful place was just two miles down the road from my parents house and where my retail Nursery, Lilies Water Gardens stands today.  I remember it being a pleasant cycle ride for me on warm sunny spring and summer days down to the farm on roads that had 75 percent or more less traffic than they have nowadays. At the farm I also remember that there were numerous natural and man made lined ponds that housed hundreds of unusual pond plants along with enclosures and tanks that had various Reptiles, Amphibians, Invertebrates and Fish, so not surprising, that this was the place for me to definitely visit every March to collect some Frogspawn for my own lined ponds.  Please see my forthcoming article “my first wildlife Ponds”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Field Station was originally called ‘L.Haig and Co LTD,’ and first opened in the early twentieth century.  I have included some interesting images below of some very early catalogs. Unfortunately,  various species of non native pond wildlife did escape into the wild, and now there are localized colonies of Alpine Newts and Edible Frogs that have established themselves in various ponds in the countryside surrounding Newdigate.  Please see my forthcoming article on “Alpine Newts.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am very fortunate and lucky enough to own my own unique and popular retail Nursery called “Lilies Water Gardens “and although I don’t sell Fish, Amphibians or Reptiles my Nursery is certainly a haven for many forms of wildlife.  Many of my customers also remember and have fond memories of The Field Station too and now enjoy visiting my nursery.  It was in fact one of my customers that dropped in the catalogs shown in this article, he thought, they may be of some interest to me which they certainly are, and therefore, I would very much like to share them with you.

Please visit my website www.lilieswatergardens.co.uk to see my large range of over 750 pond plants and water garden plants, including over 250 Water Lily cultivars, you will also find all the pond planting accessories required to grow healthy pond plants and bring your pond to life.

Click here to see over 120 articles on all aspects of Water Gardening and the wildlife that ponds and water can attract to your own back garden.

 

Just a small piece of Aquatic Nursery history

 

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Calla Palustris-Bog Arum

Calla Palustris-Bog Arum

Calla Palustris is a single species aquatic pond plant that is native to the northern hemisphere including the UK.  Also known by the common names Bog-Arum and Marsh-Calla, It favors muddy margins and boggy conditions and can often be found growing wild at the edge of ponds, lakes, streams, ditches and in marshlands. Having attractive, heart shaped glossy green leaves, It spreads itself out on creeping runners/tubers that often float out across the water creating a rafting effect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bog Arums grow to a height of 25 cm and flower during the months of May. Their white, arum shaped flowers are reminiscent of Zantedeschia  Aethiopica which also has a confusing name (Calla Lilies).  Bog Arums make excellent shallow marginal pond plants and are suitable for all types of water gardens.  Growing in water that is 0-5 cm in depth,  they will provide an extra showy display of clusters of bright red flowers in the Autumn.

 

To see my full range of over 750 pond plants and water garden plants, including over 250 Water Lilies and all the pond planting accessories required to grow healthy lush looking pond plants,  that will bring your pond to life with flora and color all summer long,  please visit my online website www.lilieswatergardens.co.uk

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Pond Plants (Eco-Friendly Buying Guide)

 

Pond Plants (Eco-Friendly Buying Guide)

 

We are all aware of the state of our oceans and the amount of plastic that finds its way down rivers and eventually into the sea.  Sky Ocean Watch and Lewis Pugh have certainly been doing their best to make us all aware of the long term dangers of plastic waste and the environmental damage it can cause to nature and our precious wildlife.   It therefore, makes sense to me to use alternatives to plastic or to use plastic to a minimum whenever possible.  For that reason, I am currently experimenting with growing pond plants in Pots made from Rice Husk which are biodegradable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buy Bare Rooted Pond Plants Whenever Possible

Pond plants are bought and used in many different water environments.   Many of these water environments already have a natural layer of clay at the bottom of them which means plants can be planted straight into the clay/silt which therefore, cuts out the need to buy pre-planted plants at all, many of which will not get used or just thrown away and eventually find their way into our oceans. It is simple to understand that the less plastic we use the better for the environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know that you can also plant bare rooted pond plants into man made lined and fiberglass ponds, without the need to use aquatic baskets, Click on this link to see my article “Natural Planting In Lined Ponds”.

 

Reasons for Buying Your Plants and Aquatic Planting Baskets Separately

1 Most of the time, the pre-planted baskets will be far too small for the plant, so you will end up having to buy separate, larger aquatic planting baskets and throw away the aquatic baskets that the plants were supplied resulting in (More Plastic Waste).

2 When needed, I grow all my pre-potted pond plants in solid black plastic pots, which are much lighter in weight and are made of far less plastic than that needed to make the same sized heavier aquatic baskets.

 

3 Many pond hobbyists will own a stack of 2nd hand re-usable aquatic baskets as pond planting makeovers are a regular event for hobbyists making it pointless in buying your new pond plants in pre-potted aquatic baskets when you already have existing ones at hand.  Less waste, less pollution.

 

Why Not Buy and Plant Into Aquatic Planting Bags

Aquatic Planting Bags are a fantastic idea for planting up some varieties of aquatic pond plants as they are made from a fine fabric mesh making them, a very good alternative planter.  However, unfortunately, they are not suitable for any aquatic plants that grow from Tubers or Rhizomes  such as Water Lilies or Water Iris though I hope this will be on the manufacturers agenda soon.  Unfortunately again, they are packaged in a thin plastic wrapper which means what your saving in one hand, your throwing away with the other.  A dilemma for sure!

 

Why Not Experiment With Biodegradable Pots

Most marginal pond plants have extensive root systems.  It would be good to find out that by the time a Pot made from rice husk starts to biodegrade, that the plants root system will have become established enough to hold and knit the soil together.   I suppose though, it just depends on if or how much faster the Rice Husk Pot biodegrades when placed in water as to whether this can be a successful way of growing shallow marginal pond plants.  You could of course, give it a try for yourselves and see what happens.  I would of course, be very interested to hear your results.

To see over 120 articles on all aspects of water gardening and pond wildlife, click here

please visit my website www.lilieswatergardens.co.uk to see our large range of over 750 pond plants and water garden plants, including over 250 Water Lily cultivars and over 300 different marginal plants, we also carry a large range of Ferns, Moisture Loving Perennials, Oxygenating Plants, Bog Garden, and Free Floating Plants Plants, and all the pond planting accessories required to grow lush looking healthy pond plants and bring your pond to life with flora and color all summer long.

 

Here’s To Saving Our Environment And Making A Safer Planet For Our Precious Wildlife That Inhabit Our Oceans And Land

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Where Does Our Pond Wildlife Arrive From?

Where Does Our Pond Wildlife Arrive From?

This is a question I get asked a lot.  Many people are often amazed at just how quick wildlife seems to arrive in their pond as if from nowhere.  So, just where does it arrive from?  All new ponds large or small will start attracting wildlife within days and can become established wildlife havens within 1 year.  How some of the wildlife gets there, is quite fascinating.

 

The Arrival of Fish and Pond Snails

Many species of freshwater Fish and Pond Snails will often lay their eggs on or amongst aquatic pond Weeds.  Water Fowl including Ducks, Coots and Moorhens that swim amongst this aquatic vegetation, get Fish and Snail eggs or aquatic Weeds attached to their feathers and feet.  When the Water fowl re-locate to a different area of fresh water, the eggs fall off into the water and hatch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Arrival of Fresh Water Invertebrates

Established ponds usually have a large diversity of invertebrates which includes Water Skaters, Water Beetles and Water Boatmen.  These three species and many others live submerged or on the surface of the water and their arrival to new ponds is most often by air travel.  Most submerged aquatic insects have wings and in time of drought, over population or lack of food supply, they will simply re-locate to a new area of fresh water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Arrival of Amphibians

Adult Frogs, Toads and Newts have a built in instinct to return to the pond they were born in during the breeding season.  If on their seasonal migrations, a few Frogs or Toads find their way to a new pond, this new site might take preference to their old breeding ground.  All it takes is one or two happy males to start croaking all day and night and before you know it, there will be plenty more Frogs and Toads joining them.  Newts seem to find and often favor new ponds, but are far more likely to stay if you have plenty of submerged pond weeds and oxygenating plants on which they like to lay their eggs.  Frogs are also attracted to submerged pond plants, but to attract Toads, it is best to plant lots of marginal plants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Arrival of Dragonflies and Damselflies

These stunning flying insects have a built- in instinct that attracts them to ponds that house emergent pond plants.  If you plant marginal plants with emergent stems, you will attract adult insects to your pond in which they will lay their eggs. However, they are especially attracted to ponds that are planted up with Pontaderia Cordata and Sagittaria Graminea it seems for some reason.  In early summer, the submerged Dragonfly and Damselfly Nymphs climb up out of the water on the emerged stems of marginal plants and pond Rushes where they will hatch and dry their wings in the sun, before taking their first flights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see over 120 informative articles on Pond Plants and Water Garden Wildlife please click here

Please visit my website www.lilieswatergardens.co.uk to see the largest collection of over 750 water garden and pond plants available to buy in the UK, our collection of pond plants available to buy online or from our retail aquatic nursery in Surrey includes over 300 different Marginal Plants, 25 different Water Lily cultivars and a large range of oxygenating plants, free floating pond plants, bog garden plants, moisture loving perennials and ferns.

 

Wildlife forever!

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Veronica Beccabunga

 

 

Veronica Beccabunga

Veronica Beccabunga also known as (Brooklime and European Speedwell), is a low growing, evergreen marginal pond plant that is native to the UK and Europe.  It has a creeping habit and grows in shallow water and muddy margins in a water depth of 0-4 cm and can be found in shallow streams, ditches, ponds, lakes and also growing amongst damp grass in marshy and boggy wetlands. Brooklime produces long stems covered in oval shaped, evergreen lime green leaves that are arranged in pairs. In late spring and summer, these compact leafy stems will spread in abundance and float across the water surface producing an attractive, raft of lush green foliage and a pretty display of small blue flowers.  Brooklime grows to a maximum height of 30 cm and is happy in full sun or partial shade.

 

 

Usage In The Water Garden

European Speedwell is one of my favorite marginal plants as it always looks natural and can be used in all water garden environments and projects.  This wonderful plant looks really good in ponds, streams, ditches, bog-gardens, moist borders and rockeries.  It’s an excellent filtration plant removing excess nitrates and therefore, a good choice for planting in the shallow beach margins of swimming ponds or pools.

 

Lastly

Veronica Beccabunga is an edible plant, however, you may want to avoid trying it as it has a rather bitter taste.

To see my full range of pond plants and water garden plants that are available to buy online and from my retail nursery, please visit my website www.lilieswatergardens.co.uk

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Stunning New Water Lily Cultivars for 2019!

 

Stunning New Water Lily Cultivars for 2019!

I have been collecting rare, new and unusual pond plants for over 25 years from all corners of the globe.  Importing pond plants can be a complicated process that involves plant health inspections and certificates plus a mind boggling amount of importation paperwork and airport clearance. It is therefore, not surprising that very few people in the UK import aquatic pond plants.  However, for me, it is well worth the effort and time to source, grow and propagate exclusive pond plants to sell from my retail nursery and online website www.lilieswatergardens.co.uk

 

The pride of all my plant collections has to be my exclusive Water Lily collection which I have proudly built up over the years. This year I have some Very Special, New Waterlily Cultivars available to buy for the first time.  Water Lily hybridization has come a long way over the last decade, resulting in more vibrant colours, more petals and perfectly shaped flowers.  The Water Lilies and their links listed below, are simply stunning and are exclusive only to buy in the UK, from Lilies Water Gardens.

Nymphaea Golden Star

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nymphaea Cranberry Cup

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nymphaea Violicious

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nymphaea Siam Jasmine

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nymphaea Haunting Beauty

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nymphaea Kiss the Sky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nymphaea Siam Angel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nymphaea Concordia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nymphaea Fireball

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nymphaea Angelique

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nymphaea Pink Tulip

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nymphaea Honey Cup

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nymphaea Pink Dawn

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see my full range of over 750 Pond Plants and Water Garden Plants and all the pond planting accessories required to grow healthy pond plants all summer long, Please visit my website www.lilieswatergardens.co.uk

Please click here to see and read over 120 informative articles on all aspects of water gardening and the wildlife you can attract by creating a pond or other water garden environment in your back garden.

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My Top 10 Rockery Plants for Pond Surroundings

 

My Top 10 Rockery Plants for Pond Surroundings

Rockeries and ponds go together.  Most people find the sound of running or trickling water relaxing and therapeutic.  Waterfalls not only sound nice but the running water is also magical in its own way as it finds its own route down to the pond, its droplets glinting in the sunlight. Waterfalls and the surrounding rockery shapes and formations are usually created and set in amongst the soil that is excavated when the pond is created.  I have listed my favorite 10 rockery plants below.  Once established, they will bring your rockeries and waterfalls to life with their foliage and vibrancy of the colour of their pretty flowers.

 

Ajuga Black Scallop

This is my favorite Ajuga cultivar as it is a tough, frost hardy plant that grows in a compact way and produces very dark burgundy, almost black leaves that contrast well with its blue flowers. Flowering time is April-June.

 

 

Arenaria Balearica

This plant grows so low and compact that it molds itself to the shape of rocks and crevices resulting in a very natural looking terrain. It also produces attractive, white star shaped flowers. Flowering time is June.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lobelia Chinensis

I collected this plant some years ago from the USA and it is very rare in cultivation.  However, it is very robust and has a wonderful creeping habit.  It’s a very natural looking plant with attractive foliage and gives out a lovely show of delicate, white flowers that have a hint of blue.  This plant is also categorized as a Marginal Pond Plant; Flowering time is July-August. Water Depth 0-6 CM

 

 

Isotama Fairy Carpet

Maybe my favorite rockery plant. Isotama grows so low and has such delicate small leaves.  Finding its way around rocks and the edge of waterfalls, it produces masses of sky-blue flowers. Flowering time is May-September.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soleiria Soleirolii

Fast spreading lime green foliage that looks great trailing around flowing water and finding its way around rocks. Soleiria is a very common plant and is also known as ‘mind your own business’.

 

 

Leptinella Platts Black

This is my favorite low growing foliage plant.  Leptinella grows near the water’s edge and has lovely bronze/black ferny foliage that has green tips in the growing season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sisyrinchium Californicum

Sisyrinchiums look like a miniature Iris plants.  Growing to about 10 cm in height, they look great growing in clumps amongst rocks. This particular variety puts on a vibrant display of bright, star shaped yellow flowers and will also grow as a Pond Marginal Plant in shallow water, Flowering time is June-September. Water Depth 0-4 CM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mazus Reptans Blue

Mazus grows fast and compact, so I recommend that you only use this plant in larger rockery areas.  Mazus makes excellent ground cover and produces a thick carpet of bright, blue flowers, looking fantastic at the water’s edge.  Flowering time is May-July.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erodium x Variable Bishops Form

I like all the Erodium cultivars and their natural mound growing habits but Bishops Form, has to be my ultimate favorite with its vibrant display of Rose Pink flowers.  Flowering time is May-September.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phyla Lanceolata

This is another plant I collected some time ago from the USA.  Rare in cultivation, it has a low growing, compact and creeping habit which makes it an excellent choice for colonizing steep sided banks.  This plant is also known by the common name ‘Frog Fruit.  Growing both on land and at the water’s edge, it makes an excellent shallow marginal pond plant as it produces lovely and interesting, white flowers that resemble verbena.   Flowering time is July-September. Water Depth 0-6 CM

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the above from our range of over 750 pond and water garden plants available to buy all spring and summer long  from my website www.lilieswatergardens.co.uk or by clicking on the links above which will take you to the individual product pages.

 

 

HAPPY ROCKERY PLANTING!

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Marginal Plants, Perennials or Woodland Ferns?

Marginal Plants, Perennials or Woodland Ferns?

Marginal plants are so called and categorized for a good reason, they grow at the water’s edge (water margin) where land meets water, in natural clay or silt based ponds the water margin will rise in times of flooding and sink in times of drought, this natural rise and fall in water levels also happens to a lesser degree in man made concrete ponds, preformed  fibre glass ponds and butyl rubber lined ponds. In natural ponds True marginal plants are quite adaptable and have different ways of dealing with extremes of seasonal weather, some produce long roots that will always find the water table, while others in the time of drought will self seed and germinate and colonize when the natural water levels rise again

 

 

 

 

 

 

The plants listed below are Perennials and Ferns, and certainly NOT Marginal Plants

List of Perennials being advertised and sold as Marginal Plants.

Ajuga Reptans

Alium Schoenoprasum

Astilbe (all cultivars)

Athyrium (all Athyrium Ferns)

Cammassia (all Cammasia species and cultivars)

Dryopteris Erythrosaura (all Dryopteris Ferns)

Filipendula Rubra Venusta

Eupatorium Cannibinum

Hostas (all cultivars)

Iris Setosa

Iris Sibirica (all cultivars)

Lobelia Siphilitica

Lysimachia Epherum

Mimulus Lewisii

Mimulus Cardinalis

Mimulus Cupreus

 

Monarda (all cultivars)

Persicaria Bistorta Superba

Physostegia Virginiana

Schizostylis (all cultivars)

Trollius (all cultivars)

 

Please visit our website www.lilieswatergardens.co.uk to see our large range of over 750 pond plants and water garden plants all categorized correctly and available to buy online or from our retail aquatic nursery in Surrey.

We also carry all the pond planting accessories needed to bring your pond to life in full colour throughout the spring and summer.

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Ferns in the Water Garden

Ferns in the Water Garden

Water gardens by definition means, ‘Gardens that contain areas of water’.  it’s the plants that bring these gardens to life, but it’s not always about flowers and colour.  Different species and cultivars of foliage plants come in a wide variety of leaf colour and shapes.   In order to bring a natural look to water gardens there is nothing more suitable than adding a selection of Ferns.  Ferns look amazing when they have droplets of water on their delicate fronds and sparkle in the morning sun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are hundreds of different garden Ferns that come in a vast range of interesting shaped fronds and they grow in many different forms and heights.  Their leaf colour also varies in many shades from silver, orange, cream, burgundy and many shades of green.  Over the years, there have been lots of new hybrids developed that have multi-coloured variegation, ferns also favour different growing conditions, most Ferns do best in partial shade but some will grow quite happily in full sun.

 

Aquatic Ferns

There are a small but interesting collection of Ferns that like extremely damp soil or even having their feet just in the water and these can therefore, also be categorized as marginal plants.  Two of the most popular are Matteuccia Struthiopteris (Shuttlecock Fern) and Osmunda Reagalis (Royal Fern).

 

Dry Ferns

This collection includes the species Polypodium and Polystichum and their many cultivars.  Both grow best in areas of rotted bark and leaf mold and therefore, favor dry woodland areas.  Some will even grow happily in the cracks of walls or rotting tree stumps and logs and they have some of the most interesting fronds and look great incorporated into close water garden surroundings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moisture Loving Ferns

These Ferns thrive best grown in moist but free draining conditions and therefore look best when grown in moist shady garden borders or in damp woodland conditions.  This collection includes the many different species and cultivars of Dryopteris and Athyrium .  The later come in a vast range of variegated cultivars, but all look very natural when planted near water where they will tone in nicely with a variety of different pond plants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please visit our website www.lilieswatergardens.co.uk to see our large range of Water Garden and Woodland Ferns available to buy online or from our retail nursery.

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Natural Marginal Pond Planting without using Aquatic Baskets in Lined Ponds

Natural Marginal Pond Planting without Using Aquatic Baskets in Lined Ponds

All ponds need to be able to contain water without any leakage.  Natural clay bottomed ponds and lakes take care of these themselves but if we want to construct a pond in our back garden, it will either need to be a pre-molded fiberglass pond or a lined pond.  Both types will require excavation, but if you choose to have a lined pond, simply by following a few basic steps, you can plant your pond plants straight into the soil in exactly the same way that you would plant up a natural pond.  This process and idea was presented to me some years ago and I have now decided to share it with everyone.  To find out how, just follow the steps below 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.) When digging your pond, you will need several different shelf levels as different pond plants require different planting depths.  8 inch shelves for shallow marginal pond plants planted in aquatic baskets will be ideal and a further two levels of 12-14 inches and 18-24 inches, will give you plenty of variation to house Water Lilies and other deep water pond plants, but when it comes to planting shallow marginal pond plants (the 8 inch shelf) there is a natural planting solution that does not involve using aquatic planting baskets.

 

2.) When excavating your desired pond design, you will need to collect a large quantity of deep cut turfs and place them to one side.  The turfs needs to be about 4-6 inches deep and should come from where the 8 inch shelf will be located.  To make things much simpler, you could just excavate the whole area down to 8 inches deep first and then you can then decide on the shape of your next level.  Marginal shelves can be any shape and can swoop in towards the middle of the pond or in some areas; disappear completely.  Remember, this is your design and the more interesting shapes and curves you add, the more interesting the pond will look when planted up with your chosen pond plants.

 

3.) Its very important to keep your excavated marginal turf upright with the grass on top.  Keep them well watered until you have finished excavating and lining your pond otherwise the grass will turn yellow and die off.

 

4.) When  you have finished digging  and you are happy with your  different levels and marginal shelves, you can then add your pond liner  ready for the turfs you kept to one side, watered and ready to be placed back on to the marginal shelving so to construct a base in which to plant your marginal pond plants.  The soil level can vary from 2 -3 inches below the water to being just above the water at the edge of the pond.  It’s essential that THE TURFS ARE PLACED UPSIDE DOWN with the grass underneath and the soil on top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.) You should now have shallow planting shelf’s with a good substrate of upside down turfs in which to plant your various marginal pond plants of your choice, without the need to use aquatic planting baskets.  Planting this way will ensure that the soil won’t just wash down into the deeper water levels as soon as it rains as the roots from the grass that is now upside down and underneath, will hold the soil together.

 

6.) The end result will simply be outstanding.  The grass underneath the soil of the upside down turf will want to survive and start to grow up towards the water level or just above the water level near the pond edge,  the grass will change direction and grow upwards amongst the marginal pond plants giving a natural look to the edge of the pond hiding all exposed pond liner, and provide a safe entrance and exit for all visiting wildlife.  After all is done, a few months after spring planting, you will have the most stunning, natural looking garden pond in which to enjoy as well as all the wildlife it will certainly attract.

 

Please click here to read over 120 informative articles on all aspects of pond planting and water gardening and all the wildlife that fresh water will attract into your garden.

 

 

To see our full range of marginal plants and our whole selection of over 750 pond plants and water garden plants, and all the pond planting accessories and algae treatments required to grow and maintain healthy pond plants throughout the seasons, please visit our website at www.lilieswatergardens.co.uk

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