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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!  

Protecting a planter over winter

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 09:09

I have had the same problem and found they just pooed through the mesh or found a space amongst the sticks.  I like the green manure idea because it means you're making good use of the planter over winter and it will stop nutrients being washed out and add them back in ready for re-planting.  Citrus peeling are meant to be good too I hear.

Greenfly in shed

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 19:39

Viburnum beetle is also shiny green artjak.

Greenfly in shed

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 14:20

Have they got a skinny green body and long wings?  If so could be lacewings like Dove says.  I found one today hiding under my mealworm tub.

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