Here at Garden Chief we do love the vibrancy of a poppy, whether it is a self seeder found growing wild or a carefully placed, beautiful ornamental, each has its place in our English landscape.
However this blog post is about a rather more unusual poppy – Papaver Somniferum, the medicinal lilac morphine poppy. Thanks to the glorious summer sun that we have been lucky to have had so far this year there has been a bumper crop and it can be seen growing in abundance across Dorset, Lincolnshire, Oxfordshire
After a long process we have finally acheived Safe Contractor accreditation, potential and existing customers can now have the satisfaction of knowing we adhere to strict Health and Safety requirements, and have been audited to prove this.
Safecontractor is the fastest growing health and safety accreditation scheme in the UK, with more than 200 major clients and over 18,000 contractor members.
Registered members with the safecontractor scheme include clients and contractors from a wide range of professional disciplines working within a number of industry sectors.
With its increasing membership and growing profile in
Well strictly speaking this isn’t my first, but it’s the first time i’ve mowed ours this year.
The crocuses on our deck at Gardenchief Towers came out as i was mowing, took them about 40 minutes to appear. As our garden is South facing it was lovely and warm with a real glimpse of Spring!
I also re-covered my trailer and added a new roof cap and some signs, it’s so nice to get out there in my t-shirt again.
Next week i’ll be up Cannock Chase again on another course, City and
It seems that here in South Staffs the weather has turned very mild indeed. It has been up to 12 degrees and very much ‘t-shirt’ weather for me.
I have noticed too that my lawn is growing at a fair old pace which is unusual for this time of year.
Scientists say that until recently, the chilly average winter temperature of under 5 degrees c kept lawns dormant until March. But milder weather between November and February has allowed grass to thrive, leading to an unseasonable surge in sales of mowers
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is very concerned about the spread of ash dieback disease in the UK. Ash trees, as hedgerow and field trees, are an important feature in our landscape and also a key component of ecologically unique woodlands that support rare species.
We welcome the five point plan* for addressing ash die back (Chalara fraxinea) in the short-term, issued by Secretary of State Owen Paterson on November 9.
Paul Wilkinson, The Wildlife Trusts’ Head of Living Landscapes, said: “We are reassured by this statement and the specific reference to the importance
Gardenchief are proud to have been accepted into the The Gardeners Guild.
The Gardeners Guild is a national trade network that gives self-employed gardeners practical support by arranging access to services that are not normally available to individual gardeners. Our membership has come to include tree surgeons, landscapers and garden designers who also offer garden and grounds maintenance as part of their services.
Only gardeners with a nationally recognised horticultural qualification can join. Qualified gardeners have been trained and assessed to a nationally recognised standard in their chosen field of horticulture.
All this week i’ve been up Tixall, Stafford and Cannock Chase doing more training. This time trying to gain more City and Guilds certification. It’s the last day tomorrow, i’ve really enjoyed it, been with a great bunch of lads.
Thanks must go to Martin of Ian morgan Arb for excellent training, professional, curteous and very knowledgable.
Here’s hoping to pass my assesment next Tuesday!
EDIT: I did indeed pass, i now have my CS30/31 accreditation.