After a wonderful summer and dry autumn we thought it would be a lovely time to share some our customers lovely projects, some have been self installations and some we have installed but all look pretty fab! We are pretty sure we have the best sedum varieties grown in the UK ….. all crammed into our premium S-pod tray.
Autumn maintenance is now the focus on the farm / nursery and a new and exciting trial on a green Living Wall.
We get asked a lot to about the 6-9 varieties of Sedum we have in the S-pods, so I have created a handy list for this year, they can vary slightly as there are many sub varieties but difficult to differentiate to non horticulturalists..
A green roof can provide important microclimates for insects, bird life and other even rare species.
What is a Green Roof?
Recent worry about our carbon footprint and sustainability has seen interest grow in energy efficient and sustainable green roofs and living roofs.
Green roofs can provide important microclimates for insects, bird life and other even rare species. Basically, it is a living roof which is placed on a building instead of a conventional roof creating a bio-diverse eco roof.
We are happy to offer a range of service from simply helping you choose the correct plants to actually building/adapting your roof. On other pages on the site you can see how to make a green roof, the advantages of a green roof and DIY methods.
Our team of experienced and qualified staff will be happy to answer any questions you have, offer advise on the type of roof and quantities you need to order. Give us a call on 01747 830176. We are open 9 AM to 4 PM Monday to Friday. Please do leave a message if you are calling after hours and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Or you can email us.
Have just returned from Thailand having had the most wonderful holiday. While everyone at home was shovelling snow we were basking in 34 degrees of sun!
Luckily no damage at the farm although cut off completely for a few days. Hopefully this weekends amber warning will not be as bad. Lovely break and glad we missed it all! The sedum is being planted in the polytunnels so for those wanting sedum roofs let us know and help the environment!
The endless battle with the mud. Today however we have sunny weather, still the fields are really too wet to do much. The polytunnels have the modular S Pods in and they are looking great. Matty has laid some with daffodils which look so pretty, hopefully Spring will be with us soon. The track to the farm is so bad but there is nothing we can do until we have a prolonged dry spell and we can start to repair! Today is lovely though. Been a quiet month but I think everyone has suffered with either colds or the weather has just been so awful no one fancies putting up a green roof!
Storm Georgina did some major damage on the fields of Lower Leigh over the past few days. The fields are completely sodden and the tractor is doing so much damage that we are trying to keep any vehicles off the fields. The wind managed to whip the black mats up which the Sedum is grown on and the S-Pods or modular Sedum Trays were scattered all over the place. Thanks to Pete Ruth and Matty most of it is all back safe and sound. I just wish this awful wet weather would stop so that the fields can dry out and we can get some work done.
However on a brighter side the Daffodils are beginning to raise their heads and Brian, our resident Peacock is growing his summer tail, so something maybe happening!
In the meantime we have been spending time clearing the barns and preparing for our next big Sedum orders. This year looks as though its going to be a good year as we have several huge orders lined up. We are looking for help, anyone in the Shaftesbury area who would like some spring/summer work on the fields here at Lower Leigh, do ring Caroline in the office, 01747 830176 It will mainly involve looking after the Sedum Mats and preparing the Sedum Modular trays and then preparing orders etc. If you can drive a tractor it would be useful.
Every one seems to have gone down with this awful cold/flu which leaves you coughing for weeks. I thought I had escaped it but no….arrived yesterday. So today am huddling in the warmth of my studio finishing my painting of Vicky. Vicky is a circus hoop teacher and I love what she does so decided to paint it. Here below is one days work.
Off to clean my wellies now which are so caked in clay that it is almost impossible to walk in them. Roll on the Spring.
New website now up and running which is great excitement. Thanks to the wonderful Shalini who has been helping us get it up and running. Now, hopefully you will get more blogs and updates.
I can just see the beginnings of my bulbs coming up which is a sure sign that Spring won’t be too far away I hope. Been really wet and cold here. Unfortunately the farm is based on clay so the fields are very sodden. Not ideal for dog walking!
We lost our lovely old labrador Bob before Christmas. He was just under 18 years old which is a pretty good innings. We do still have our lovely Bruce here though and he is the same age and doing well.
Above is a recent painting I did of the two dogs. Bob, who passed away is on the left. Bruce is still very much alive and active. He suffers from terrible arthritis but is under medication. They have had a wonderful life on the farm and spend lots of time up on the Sedum Fields with our main man Matti.
Once the rain has stopped I will start taking fresh photos and publish them.
In the meantime a very Happy New Year to everyone.
Elaine Heseltine Carp, Director at Sedum Green Roof
Interesting summer. Boiling hot and lots of people complaining that their sedum had turned red. This often happens when there is no rain for ages. A quick good watering should help. The sedum will be fine though. Its just under a bit of stress. Pretty hard to kill it off!
New website is coming together now. Should be live fairly soon. That will be a bit of excitement but am madly hoping I can get some more pictures as most of the pictures taken by clients tends to be on their iPhones which is not really high enough quality for the websites nowadays. So if you do take any pics try and send them high res or raw as this would be great to put on the site.
Lovely picture of our very old labrador dog Bob (17) walking across the sedum on the farm. Just goes to show you can walk on it with no damage!
Some other pictures I have also included to show you how well the sedum has been growing on the farm this year. More updates later but hopefully on a brand new site soon.