1. May Species
Our species of the month is Ivy (Hedera Helix) which is most popularly used in our Living Screens. Hedera helix ‘Hibernica’, alternatively known as Atlantic or Irish Ivy, has a dark green, glossy leaf with defined lighter veining and a paler underside when mature. However, the new growth and flowering shoots are a paler green and have a more oval rather than defined multi-tipped shape. Salt tolerant, this particular variety is ideal for coastal areas.
Ivy panels provide instant and effective living green screens. They are increasingly used by homeowners, contractors and local authorities to provide rigid, secure and evergreen barriers. Ivy fencing panels are low maintenance and easy to install, made up of a non-invasive form of Ivy grown on rigid galvanised mesh to form Ivy screens. As well as being much more attractive than traditional fencing, they also improve with time and support an array of wildlife.
There are large numbers of possible uses for instant Ivy in both public and private situations. Some of the more common uses are:
• secure barriers around gardens and estates.
• covers for walls and buildings to make bare surfaces more attractive
• divisions within car parks, estates, campsites etc.
• visual screens at roundabouts or to hide eyesores
• to prevent graffiti
But our screens don’t have to come in Ivy, we have recently expanded our range to include some more popular species such as other varieties of Ivy including Woerner, Green Ripple, White Ripple and Goldchild. We also sell Pyracantha, Beech, Hornbeam and Euonymus Darts Blanket.
We recently had an order for our Euonymus Darts Blanket screens and look how amazing they look! We love how our customer has used a mixture of fence panels and screens to create a natural but modern look.
2. Gardening Advice
May hosts National Gardening Week, why not get out in the garden and get them gardens ready for the bank holiday fun!
Evergreens such as Viburnum Tinus and Skimmia Rubella can be clipped this month, prune out frost damage from other affected evergreen shrubs. If not too woody, shredded clippings can be added to the compost heap, ideally in combination with soft material such as grass clippings. Prune spring-flowering shrubs such as Choisya and Flowering Currant after flowering.
Cut back tender shrubs and sub-shrubs such as Penstemon, Caryopteris and Fuchsia after the danger of frost has passed.
Prune wall-trained Pyracanthas, removing any shoots coming out from the wall, and shortening other new growth to about 8cm (3in). This encourages spur formation, and increased flowering relative to green growth.
Remove any reverted green shoots on hardy variegated evergreens, to prevent reversion taking over.
Check for nesting birds before clipping any hedge!
Ensure new lawns (either from turf or seed) do not dry out during dry spells. Keep off them for as long as possible to allow establishment. Don’t worry over a flush of weed seedlings in newly seeded turf. These will disappear once regular mowing begins.
3. Garden Design
Let’s have a look how living screens can create privacy in your garden whilst still aesthetically pleasing!
5. Impact Plants Story Of The Month
Husband And Wife Plant 2.7 Million Trees In 20 Years To Restore A Destroyed Forest
In the early 1990s, Brazilian photojournalist Sebastião Ribeiro Salgado was stationed in Rwanda to cover the accounts of genocide. The on-ground experience left him traumatized.
In 1994, he was returning to his home in Minas Gerais, Brazil, hoping to find solace in the lap of a lush green forest where he had grown up.
Lélia and Sebastião Salgado / Credit: Ricaro Beliel
But, instead, he found dusty, barren land for miles and miles. In only a few years, his beautiful hometown underwent rampant deforestation.
For him, everything was destroyed.
“The land was as sick as I was. Only about 0.5% of the land was covered in trees,” Salgado told The Guardian.
It was at this time that Salgado’s wife Lélia made a near-impossible proposal. She expressed her wish to replant the entire forest.
Salgado supported her idea, and together the couple set out on a heroic mission.
Salgado bought an abandoned cattle ranch from his parents and started building a network of enthusiastic volunteers and partners who would fund and sustain their project.
In 1998, the couple founded Instituto Terra, the organization which tirelessly worked around the clock to bring the forest back to life.
Since 1998, they have planted more than 2.7 million saplings of 293 species of trees and rejuvenated 1,502 acres of tropical forest.
Credit: Weverson Rocio
In addition, 172 species of birds have returned, 33 species of mammals, 15 species of reptiles and 15 species of amphibians.
“Nature is the earth and it is other beings and if we don’t have some kind of spiritual return to our planet, I fear that we will be compromised,” Salgado said.