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Plants for Winter interest

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 17:23

I think she would like the choisya, I have that one in my own garden and she was there when I got it.  I'll have to see what she makes of what I've got her and how much space is left.  How hardy is that Jasmine Marion?

how to save elder and birds whilst getting rid of ivy

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 14:41

Elder are very easy to do from cuttings and chances are if you have a mature berrying one in your garden you've probably got a self seeded one already growing somewhere.  You'll be waiting a while for the berries though. 

Plants for Winter interest

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 14:16

She was talking about maybe putting some hellebores in there too.  I don't think she wants any bare soil at any time of year because cats like to poo out front which drives her mad!  Perhaps I should keep the Lonicera for my garden as it is more of an untidy wildlife effort and find her something better.

Plants for Winter interest

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 11:19

Thanks Nut and Busy.  Perhaps she could sandwich the Lonicera in between some other things to distract from  the messy look in Summer?  I was thinking the Skimmia and Sarcococca could go nearer the tree where it's more dry and shady.  

Plants for Winter interest

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 10:33

My Mum has requested a shrub for her Birthday (end Nov) to go in a new border in her North facing clay front garden.  She doesn't want anything that will take much maintenance or grow too large as she doesn't like working out the front much. She specified, low maintenance, flowers, maybe scent (she doesn't want much)!  It might also get quite dry because she has a large Sorbus and some other shrubs there already.  

I have ordered her these:

Skimmia japonica subsp. reevesiana
(skimmia (berry-bearing)

Lonicera × purpusii 'Winter Beauty'
(winter honeysuckle)

Sarcococca confusa
(sweet box)

Does anyone have these shrubs already and can you give me any advice on care/maintenance.  If any are really unsuitable I can just pop them in my garden! 




Posted: 06/11/2014 at 10:24

Good to know Bob.  I live in Leicestershire and we're on clay and I have three Callicarpa 'Profusion' on order so I'll plant them in full sun and hope for the best.

Forest School

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 11:21

To ensure high quality of provision in Forest Schools, accredited training is vital. The Open College Network (OCN) provides 3 levels of Forest Schools accreditation:

• OCN Level 1 – Introduction to Forest School: An introduction to Forest School for practitioners wanting to support an existing Forest School or gain confidence and skills in working outdoors with children within their own setting.

• OCN Level 2 – Assistant Forest School Practitioner: An award for practitioners regularly assisting a Forest School Leader.

• OCN Level 3 – Forest School Practitioners Award: Qualification to become a Forest School Leader, enabling them to run a 'Forest School'.

Forest School

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 11:19

It is false advertising if no one has the proper training.  It's like if I went out and bought myself a stethoscope and lab coat and called myself a doctor.  It belittles the time, money and work that went into getting the qualification.  My son's nursery claim to teach Forest School despite them just having had an introductory session, it's not fair on people who genuinely have the qualification or those trainers that make a living out of teaching it.  If the school is serious about this then they should invest on sending him on the training and do it properly.

Forest School

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 08:32

I'm Forest School trained and you should have had the course if you are claiming to teach it in your school the proper training costs about £3000!  If none of you have trained as a Forest School leader then what you are doing is 'outside learning'.  It strikes me you wouldn't be asking if you'd had the training.  As part of the course you have to do an outdoor first aid course in case anyone gets impaled on a piece of wood, breaks a limb, and can recognise the signs of hypothermia, tick bites, poisoning etc.  I get quite annoyed when people say they are teaching Forest School when I spent a year doing what is the equivalent of an NVQ.

Too big ideas?

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 18:58

Why not have your raised veg beds on your patio if it's in full sun.  You can have a small pond and put some temporary fencing round with a small opening at one end at the bottom for larger things like hedgehogs to get a drink like, fairygirl says.  We have 2.5 year old boy and another on the way.  We just hammered 4 posts into the ground and wired some plastic mesh round them.  The birds can pop in and out because it's about 2 inch squares.  You're not going to leave your young kids unsupervised in the garden anyway so it doesn't need to be fort knox.  We grew up with a massive koi pond in the  garden and all survived!  

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Plants for Winter interest

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