Woodborough Open Gardens
I would just like to pass on my thanks for the wonderful open gardens on Sunday. You were blessed with beautiful weather but it was obvious that a lot of hard work had gone into the organisation. Also, the gardeners themselves, who had worked so hard in drought conditions to make amazing displays.
As an ex Woodborough resident it was particularly lovely to see old friends, favourite gardens and enjoy the festive atmosphere.
The Dreaded Black Spot!
I participated in the “Woodborough Open Gardens” on 24 June to help raise money for NSPCC. Very many asked me how I keep my Indian Fossil Sandstone paving free of lichens which is commonly know as black spot. I was very happy to advise that I use Hochem Sodium Hypochlorite which I purchase from Murphy and Sons, Alpine Street, Basford, NG6 OHQ in a 25 ltr drum for £29.40 (+ £7.20 refundable deposit for the container) and use it neat.
Apply use it sparingly with a plastic watering can. Wear a mouth mask, goggles, rubber gloves and wellingtons. If your plants are close to the edge of your patio shield before you apply the chemical. Other wise they will die. Neighbours have used it with great success.
If you want any further help or advise please call me on 9654977.
Disclaimer: Please note that the Woodborough Web takes no responsibility for your use of chemicals as described above and advises that you take appropriate qualified advice before use.l
Changes in the Natural World
We have been plagued in the house by mosquito type bugs which do not seem to bite, this year.
This is the first time in 50 years in this house I have not seen a bat, house martin, or swallow flying around my garden or amongst the trees.
When we built the house we had 2 house martin nests under the eaves, watched the feeding, first flights and put up with the mess underneath.
After 2 or 3 years they did not come back to build, I even put a dummy nest up, so it has been a long decline.
We have just come back from Croatia and were delighted to see and hear 50 plus swifts and swallows screaming around the skies in the coastal towns, and see a concrete decking near a lake with over 75 house martins nests side-by-side.