Sedum Green Roof Blog 

2017 31 august 2017

 

 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.

 

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Elaine Carp director Sedum Green Roof 

 

Been waiting to update the site to make it mobile friendly so haven't been on here for ages as I thought it was about to happen!  These things always take longer than you think.

 

Well its been a very busy month.  The lovely weather is great but we have had loads of phone calls about the state of some peoples Sedum.  If it goes red don't panic but it is probably a little stressed.  It has been very hot!  I suggest if you can give it some water, just spray with a hose pipe.  Some help like miracle grow is a good idea as well.  You can buy an adapter to put on your hose pipe which will incorporate the fertiliser as you spray, it works very well.  Don't worry too much most of the time there is no problem, they are pretty hardy plants.  Make sure if you can that any weeds are taken out.

Sedum is growing well and the field is looking very tidy and lush.   

Lots of birds this year on the farm, we seem to have had the best year for the owls and the Kestrels but the Jackdaws are taking over which is a pain.  

 

Excited about the new site which hopefully won't be long now and all mobile friendly! 

 

Elaine Carp director Sedum Green Roof 

 

 

  

 

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16 January 2017 

 

Been a busy few weeks.  Everyone now back in the stride of getting all the sedum planted up and tidying up the fields ready for the spring.  Matty and Co now have a lovely little hut with woodburning stove to keep them happy when its cold and windy, and wet as now!!  Chickens still shut away due to the Defra constraints and the bird flu outbreak.  I hope it doesn't get too bad, I would hate to see all the culling as there has been in France and the rest of Europe.  

 

We are trying to update the website and make it more user friendly, especially for mobile users.  There have been a few problems due the the fact we have to change the language but hopefully all will be resolved soon.  Please bare with us if you have any problems, we are trying to rectify everything now.

 

Hope you have all got over your new year celebrations and lets hope 2107 is going to be a great year!  It will be interesting if nothing else!

 

Elaine Carp director Sedum Green Roof 

 


 

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12th December 2016 

Well, been ages since I have updated.  The reason is we are trying to upgrade the website but it is taking far longer than I thought.  Everytime I go to write something I am told...no wait we are about to go live, but then there is a hold up so apologies.  Hopefully very soon we will have a new mobile friendly site.  Always a bit nail biting but cross fingers.

 

Been an extremely busy summer and the field looks amazing.  Matty has spent ages reorganising things and with help from Gary and Mark its been a busy but great summer.  Now they are growing in the polytunnels as the weather is beginning to turn, saying that it has been pretty mild!  As usual the mud has arrived which I hate.  No matter what you do the fields always seem to get messed up.  Still thats one of the things you have to accept living in the country!

 

The other thing we have had to do is shut all the birds up on the farm as required by DEFRA.  Don't really understrand the logic behind it but evidently we can let them all out on the 6th Jan.  How does that work?

 

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.  Kind regards all of us at Sedum Green Roof .santa_behind_christmas_tree.png 

 

3rd February 2016 

 

So far this winter it has just been mud all the way.  Awful weather.  We have been so waterlogged and the field just looks terrible.  The orders have been coming in thick and fast after a quiet December however.  Its been hard for Matti to keep up with the mess on the field and trying to lay the new mats.  We actually prefer it cold rather than endless rain.  I hope Spring comes along soon and we can relax with a bit warmer and drier weather.

 

A new shelter for Matty on the fields has now been built.  The roof on the old hut has finally given up.  Hopefully they will have somewhere warmer and drier to have their lunches and breaks now!

 

The rest of the farm has been fine but we did have a very strange thing happen a few weeks ago.  For some reason over night someone emptied several sacks of red rat poison over our yard.  Luckily we spotted it in the morning before the chickens and peacocks and other livestock found it.  We thought we were going to lose all our livestock but it seems we caught it in time.  The police think it may be a case of mistaken identity.  We have crossed absolutely no one and had no cross words with a single soul.  We have now installed cameras which I can't stop watching even though absolutely nothing happens except a few chickens wandering about!  Oh well keeps me happy.

 

Lots of big orders this year and Richard had some fantastic meetings in London for some very big jobs so all is looking good for this year.

 

Hopefully my new blog page will be up and running soon and we can show you more pictures.  In the meantime if there is anything you would like to chat about just give Caroline in the office a ring.

 

Elaine Carp director Sedum Green Roof 

26th October 2015 

 

Rather a long time since I have updated the blog page!  We are about to launch a new blog site which should be much better in the next few weeks.

I have been working on the site and updating various pages which I hope will give more information and allow people to download the necessary data they may need.  

The summer has just flown by and I cannot believe it is already Autumn.  The reason for lack of blog is because we have been so busy outside.  We have been building a new area for Matty and his staff to use as an office and storage which is being done as we speak. I hope it will be a little more comfortable for them.  We have also been buying new equipment for the field and trying to tidy up and replant during the summer.  We have new mats laid now ready for the Spring and plenty of S.Pods, modular Trays, ready for sale.   The mud in the winter is always a problem but we are hoping to resolve this in the coming months as well. Altogether a huge tidy up and replanting, it has been very busy.  As always we owe so much to the hard work put in by Matty. Piot and their colleagues on the field, invaluable help.

A huge job was the Wessex Water Job which has just been finished.  I have some fabulous pictures which must be updated for you all to see.  Jim worked very hard  helping install the project so a huge thank you to him.

Now its calming down from a frantic summer and yet still the orders are coming in.  I hope to finish the video of some installations and put that on the website for you all to see.  I may try and do a video of Matty at work if he will let me!

We have lots of biodiverse mats which seem to be ever more popular and we are looking to experiment with different species to allow as much biodiversity as possible.  

Helen and Caroline are as busy as ever in the office so if you need any information, however trivial, just ring them and they will help.

So hopefully a new blog page which much more fun things to see in a few weeks time. 

 

Elaine Carp director Sedum Green Roof 

 

 

 

30th June 2015 

The wind?  What is happening to our summer?  Blown apart on the fields.  We have been working hard on completing the Manchester Tram job, difficult as most of the work has to be done at night.  Jim has been up there and taken loads of photos. While in France at the Shlumpf museum of cars recently we noticed tram lines there have been filled with grass.  This is so much up keep as it has to be mown regularly whereas the sedum does not and requires far less maintenance.  Also the grass cannot be lifted without destroying it whereas with the S.Pods or Sedum Trays this is not the problem as they can be lifted individually at any time.  Amazing it is really becoming so popular.

 

Here is the link to the Manchester Evening paper article   Click here 

 

Really interesting article.  Sedum Green Roof supplied all the sedum trays for this project and laid it.  The job is still on going.

 

"Beetham Tower architect Ian Simpson has tram stop turned into 'green oasis' to improve city centre view" 

Caption from the Manchester Evening News.

Meanwhile things are a little less rushed for the moment.  We have employed two new people onto the team this week, David and Helen.  Hopefully they will help a bit as Caroline is rather swamped.  I am suppose to do Twitter etc but to be honest I can't stand it!  Why should I spend all my time twittering when I could be out on the fields!?...Technology!

We have also been asked to remove an ad from one of our campaigns on Google Ads.  We realise something had gone wrong and did all we could but there seems to be a problem with Google ads and key words searches.  Yet another silly problem to resolve.  I hate it all!!  I just love our product and want to be working with it and making wonderful Green Roofs everywhere.

Actually the fields are amazing at the moment as the bees are in mass all over the sedum as well as the butterflies.  It is an incredible site.  I shall go down this afternoon and take some pictures.

Off not to do yet more boring paperwork.  Hopefully Helen will help in the office, she seems really great, thank you Helen for coming on board!! 

 

Elaine Carp director Sedum Green Roof 

 

14th June 2015 

 

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Just installed the most amazing sedum inbetween the tracks of the new tram system in Manchester.  Looks fantastic.  Easy installation with our S.Pods or modular tray system and easy to maintain.  Well done Jim!!  Well done Matty and the team as well for working so hard to grow and get everything ready in time, I know it was a lot of work.

It has been very busy and also lots of people on holiday (including us!), while we were away I gather there was a bit of a heat wave!  Thanks to Matty, Piot and the team Matty's new watering system worked a treat and all the Sedum looks great.  Lots of work loading for Manchester but now all done.  Now onto the next one!

In the meantime still masses of orders coming in.  Caroline away for a week for a good rest!  Now its time to reorganise the fields ready for the next lot of Sedum to be grown.  All go here! 

27th May 2015

 

Been away for a week or so but back to work now.  Work on the fields has been constant preparing S.Pods or modular Sedum Trays for some very big jobs coming up.  Matty has organised the watering system which saves us so much time.  During this dry spell it has been invaluable.  We have been preparing as many new trays as possible so it has been flat out.  Below some pics of preparing the mats for delivery.

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Back to work now, hopefully the big jobs will be out of the way for a well earned rest for Matty Piot and Gary before the next big order!. 

 

Elaine Carp director Sedum Green Roof 

 

 29th April 2015

 

Beautiful weather and finally the rain downpour which is so great for the Sedum and the garden!  Matty and Piot with the help of Gary have been preparing the S.Pods or modular Sedum Trays for a big order coming up, they have been flat out preparing everything.  Matty has been a star and made the most incredible watering system for the field, very high tech and can fertilise as well, its brilliant and saves hours of man power.

On another note I find it so odd that having been asked to put photos on the website by people to help promote their products, even sending the photos direct to us they then, months later demand they are taken off!!  I shall never again say yes to people!  Only my pictures from now on!  Trouble is trying to get any of the installers to take high res photos while on the job is a near impossibility!   Missed out on a huge article in a well known magazine because my photos were not high res. Come on phones make it possible to do high res!! 

Elaine Carp director Sedum Green Roof 

 

11th April 2015 

 

Lovely warm sunny week and everything is coming into shape.  Up on the fields the plug plants are looking amazing and all ready to sell.  Matty says its a bumper year for them and suddenly when all the warm weather came they all turned green and lush.  On the fields all the S.Pod Trays have also responded to the weather with a mass of green sedum suddenly all over the fields, looks fantastic, I will try and get some photos.  So good to see everything doing so well.

Two bits of fun though. Matty says a Rabbit got caught on the side of the polly tunnels between some netting and the ventilation side of the poly tunnel.  He said it took quite an effort to catch it but eventually it was set free.  They can be a pain sometimes though as they decide to burrow in the most inconvenient places! We have a lot of hares on the fields as well, lovely to see them boxing on a summers evening!

Also on the fields we have had a bit of a flood.  It appears that an old drainage pipe (and I mean very very old), was damaged but there must have been a back up of water because it suddenly just spurted water like a fountain and we now have a lovely lake outside the poly tunnels.  Matty said its quite hard to mend due to the old clay pipes and we may have to did up the whole length of the field to repair it....complete drag but I do have a new pond!! 

Down on the rest of the farm I was happily dealing with the pond when I fished out a dead rabbit, how it got in there I have no idea.  Been gardening madly and all looking quite good, even made a vegetable patch!  Lovely to be out in the sun again, I hope it lasts although could do with a little bit of rain as up on the fields it is getting quite dry.  Matty and Piot have started to organise the new irrigation system for the Sedum on the fields, almost there but will have to water a bit soon if this dry spell continues.  Must go up and take some pictures for you all to see.  Plug plants all ready and very healthy if anyone wants them!! 

Trying to organise some more help as it is getting busy.  We have a few new people helping out but could do with more!  Gary has been a great help this week.  We have been taking up the old mats which have been over grown with weeds so we have abandoned them but it has been quite a mission trying to get them up!   Lets hope the weather stays reasonable so we can get the rest of them up and the land is ready to plough.

 

Elaine Carp director Sedum Green Roof 

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 8th April 2015

Had a lovely message from one of our clients a few days ago.  

"Dear Caroline - just to say we are delighted with our sedum roof - it went up so quickly and looks amazing - many thanks to all!"

From Graham in Castle Cary

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Just been laid so ready to grow and look amazing in the summer.

Now that the weather has warmed a little everything is beginning to bud.  All the new S.Pods and trays that we have put out are beginning to look very healthy.  We have also been laying mats ready for the summer.  At least there is no more mud around and we can begin to enjoy the Spring weather.

We have been very busy these past few weeks, had lots of people helping out moving mats and relaying new ones.  Lovely to see so many new faces on the fields.  I have asked Matty to give me a break down of all that is happening as he is far more knowledgable than me! I shall go and take some pictures and put them on here to show how we are getting on.

Caroline has been as busy as ever in the office.  Sometimes its frustrating when we sell quickly and are fighting to keep up! Caroline is brilliant on the phone and keeps everyone so happy including Richard in the office by feeding him lovely cakes and biscuits!

Juliet has offered to help with the Facebook pages which is so kind as we never seem to have time to keep up with the media side of things!  She is doing a great job so please do send us any pictures so we can post them on the site.  

We have also been approached by Wiltshire live and Period magazine which are writing some articles about us.  I shall post them when we see them.

 

On the farm it has been so lovely in the garden.  At last the blossom is beginning to arrive and the orchard is full of daffodils, it looks amazing.

Lots more pictures to come I am going to go out there and take them this week! 

  

Elaine Carp director Sedum Green Roof 

  

4th March 2015 

 

Lovely warm Spring day today.  All good for the Sedum to grow.  Big order today so busy on the fields.  Spring is nearly here, be lovely when the swallows and house martins are back, that is a real sign.  My daffodil bulbs are all up in the Orchard so that is a good sign!

Caroline has been away a couple of days in the office so chaos there, Richard and Jim are taking all the calls but they are no way as good as Caroline, hurry up and come back we need you!

Now is the time to start thinking about your new Green Roof.  Call us at any time to discuss the type of green roof system you would like.  Whether Sedum or wild flowers, S.Pods/modular trays or mats we can help. 

 

Elaine Carp director Sedum Green Roof 

 

2nd March 2015 

Its amazing how quickly the Sedum jumps into life as soon as the weather warms a little.  I saw Matty, our horticulturist today and he said over the weekend everything has suddenly come into life. It has been that much milder.  However today we had snow first thing but the sun came out very quickly and enough to keep the plants warm as the tiny sprinkling of snow melted.  We are now trying to get the old mats up which did not survive the wet summer we had a couple of years ago.  The sedum became waterlogged in a few places on the farm and now we need to lift them and replant.  Easier said than done.  I shall leave it to Matty and Piot as to how to lift them but the fields are so muddy I don't know how they will do it.

 

Elaine Carp director Sedum Green Roof 

 

 

27th Feb 2015 

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 Just been up on the fields and its so wet up there.  Here are all the S.Pods or modular trays just laid and starting to grow. They look rather sad in this weather but they will brighten up once Spring starts!

 

26th Feb 2015 

Rainbow over the Sedum Fields at Lower Leigh Farm 

Amazing rainbow over the Sedum Fields at Lower Leigh Farm.  I found this while searching for high res pictures for an article that is being written about us.  Such a pain that whenever the installers are working and I need a picture they never have the right camera and end up taking it on their phone which I can't use.  I can see that I will have to contact old clients and beg for pictures!

Two lorries got stuck in the fields today while loading the S.Pods or Sedum Trays for a very big job in the midlands.  We had to pull them out with tractors in the end.  Been so frantic with orders but the weather has been awful.  This morning was raining and blowing a gale.  Matty and Piot on the fields however always have a smile on their faces!  I couldn't wait to get back into the farmhouse with a nice cup of coffee!

All is well otherwise, just can't wait for Spring.  We are frantically planting up more S.Pods, or modular trays of Sedum, for a huge Green Roof in Scotland.  They are so easy to put on a roof that most people now prefer them to the mats which need so much more preparation.  Our mats that we put out last year are doing fine, but I do hope the rain will stop as it gets so wet on the fields and the one thing Sedum does't like is getting its feet wet!

Matty and Piot have worked so hard today in the pouring rain. Matty says all the Sedum is growing well in the polytunnels and to keep an eye open if the weather gets warmer I must check they do not dry out over the weekend.  Highly unlikely it is going to be warm and sunny but we can keep wishing! He has complained I do not tell you all they are doing on the fields.  I am going to go up with my camera next week and take some photos so you can see then in action.  Sorry Matty if I don't mention (and thank you both!), enough!

Well more tomorrow.

 

Elaine Carp director Sedum Green Roof 

 

19th February 2015

An awful lot been happening over the past month.  We seem to be busier than ever and certainly busier than is usual for the winter months!  We are installing all over the country from the very north of Scotland to Cornwall and Essex.  Richard and Jim have been doing their Health and Safety courses over the past few weeks as well so we have been men down.  All is good though and Caroline in the office has been a star.  

The S.Pods or Sedum trays have been doing very well and we are in the process of planting up as many as possible for our next crop.  I hope the worst of the cold and rain will stop and Spring will be with us soon, certainly around the farm the buds are appearing on the trees and plants and the birds are beginning to appear from far a field. 

The fields have been very muddy so we have not been able to get on them but hopefully we can plough up some of the Sedum field and replant as it definitely needs some attention.  One disadvantage of living on clay!  

We have also been approached to write some articles about Sedum Green Roof.  I have spent all day trying to give as much information as possible over.  I have just written an article about how we started which hopefully will go down well.  I must get round to take some good photos of the farm but the weather is horrid today.

We are still looking for installers for laying our Green Roofs so anyone interested, and don't forget its any where in the Uk, please let us know by ringing Caroline.  

We have just taken on some extra help with the Sedum as we are expanding this year so Pete is coming to join us in the Spring.  I must put some pictures up of us all so that you know who we all are.

One of the other things that I must get round to is working on the Facebook page for Sedum Green Roof.  I keep asking everyone to take pictures of our latest work but they always forget.  I reckon I will have to go out to each site and take pictures!  I am trying to get Jim to lay a Green Roof on our flat roof on the farm and video him so that we can put it on the website.  We have so many questions about "how do you lay a green roof", that I reckon it would be a very good idea.

Better get back to work so write again soon 

  

Elaine Carp director Sedum Green Roof 

 

 

10th January 2015

Happy New year to everyone!  Been quite mild but very windy down on the farm.  Matty and his colleagues have been blown apart.  Luckily we have been preparing for some very large orders we have,  they have all been the S.Pods or Sedum trays or modules.  We have been busy preparing hundreds for our orders.  At least we can do most of the work in the polytunnels or in the barns.  The fields have had a good tidy up this year and we have planted another section of Sedum Mats.  We are now offering a special price for the last of our biodiverse mats as we want to plant some fresh ones in the Spring.  You can see all our offers on the website.  

Before Christmas we took on Caroline to work in the office.  She has been a great success and has a great sense of humour which is so relaxing in times of stress!!  We have doubled our turn over since she has been working with us so she must be doing something right! 

This year we have some very big orders and we want to give the best possible service and product so we have been working all last year to perfect our system.  We are perfecting the website as well and about to introduce some more products.

 

 

Elaine Director Sedum Green Roof. 

 

Tuesday 8th January

 

 

In the meantime we seem to be still under water in most of the fields.  Luckily the Sedum is fine and now we hopefully look forward to spring and renewed growth.  We have been experimenting with lots of new colourful species and have lots of our new Spods ready to go.  Do have a look at these as they are so labour efficient and easy to use.

I will be working on the website and adding lots of interesting articles from people I have been chatting to.  The wildlife aspect is really interesting and I am thrilled that Sedum can offer so much to the environment. Hopefully we will be able to offer a buy on line service which we are in the process of designing as I type!

 

Well better get back to work but wish you all a very Happy 2013.

 

Elaine Director Sedum Green Roof. 

  

Friday 21st December 2011

 

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Happy Christmas and New year from all of us at Sedum Green Roof.

 

Well, seems as though life is going on and the world has not ended! We even had a little tipple to celebrate today at 11.11. We then wondered if it meant tonight!   

Been very ill so no blog for a while.  Had pneumonia so not been up to much.  Recovered now though and all prepared for Christmas.  As I write the fields are lit up by our flashing Christmas lights!

All is well here on the farm.  Besides myself, everyone else has been fine and all is going well. Well if you can imagine the mud and the rain and the wind!  It has been horrendous.  Luckily our fields have not flooded although the Sedum is not as happy as it could be.  All is still in place and sitting out the winter.  Hopefully next year will not be quite so bad and we can have some growth in the spring!  The fields are looking good though and we have had no other problems. New polytunnel has gone up ready to get the new batch of SPods ready for January.  Matty and co have been very busy planting up. 

Elsewhere on the farm all has been fine and although muddy we have not been flooded and the animals on the farm have been fine.  We have had a very interesting research project from some students on the land.  Evididently our land is very good for birds so we have had numerous students counting various species of birds.  Rather proud that we have such good conditions!

House is now finished but not the outside!  Carpets down and ready for the onslaught of the family who are descending on Christmas Eve.  I am actually quite excited this year for some reason.  I think we are all glad to see the back of 2012.  Lets hope that 2013 is a little more enjoyable.   

 

Well no time now as have presents to wrap.  I hope you all have a wonderful time over the festive period and don't forget to contact us in the New Year.  We will always be happy to help in anyway so do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Merry Christmas

 

Elaine

 

Director Sedum Green Roof 

 

Wednesday 17th October 2012

 

Been such a wet summer that I feel as though there has been no summer at all.  Tomatoes didn't ripen so I have Green Chutney coming out of my ears.  Hardly any apples as to wet for the bees to pollinate in the spring, and then our poor Sedum very wet, not good for sedum.  We laid out even more mats than usual this year but the growth has been really stunted by the weather.  It has picked up enormously recently and we should be able to meet all the orders without a problem.  We have had some massive orders in so should clear the decks for the next batch to be laid in the Autumn. I can't believe the difference between this year and last year.  I hope 2013 will be better and just a little less rain!

 

Our new modular system is doing extremely well, and I feel this is the way to go. The three horticulturists on the fields are very happy with the idea.  We have had a great deal of interest in the modules as it saves so much time and expense so looking good for next year. They are easier to manage than the mats so waterlogging is not a problem.  There is still an enormous demand for mats so we will not stop growing them, larger areas are far better laid with the sedum mats.  What has happened this year is that the mats we have grown are far better quality.  The rain stunted the growth of some of the more prevalent species and thus we have a rather beautiful mixture of different species which does look rather stunning.  As far as quality is concerned I don't think you can beat our mats.

We are still tying to make our video but everytime we go to do the roof it rains!  Hopefully before winter sets in we will get it out and it will show people how to lay their own Sedum Green Roof.  Other things we have been doing is concentrating on our biodiverse and wild flower roofs.  We have a stunning mat of wild flowers at the moment, a superb success.  I really like the idea of the biodiverse roof as well.  Problem is it may cost more as good installation and positioning of the various elements is vital for a biodiverse area to work well.  I am personally very interested in this method and hope to write a page for the website. We have already installed a few and they have been an enormous success so must go back and take pictures as they mature.

We have also noticed recently how the council have taken note of the Green or living roof idea.  On listed buildings it seems the only way to go.  Several clients have only achieved their planning applications on condition that a green roof of some description is installed.   

On the farm all is well.  Peacocks all had colds and I had to get antibiotics down them twice a day...thats fine but try catching them!  They are damn strong as well.  They are all much better now and Charlie, the baby is outside all the time. House is still not finished but looking a bit more like a home!  

Time to sign out as I have major problems with the Price page on the website...can I get the boxes to line up!!  Every time I do another goes out of line.  I am going to have to start again with the HTML and have another go but I am not trained in this area so its all a bit of a nightmare...wish me luck! 

 

Elaine   Director Sedum Green Roof 

 

   

  • Wednesday 12th September 2012

At last the Sedum in the fields is responding after the very wet summer.  Our stocks are now improving but more importantly we now have our new S.Pods or modular systems.  This is very new and cuts out much of the preparation on the roofs.  Quick and easy to install and the plants grow much better with this system.  It also cuts out on a lot of weeding for us in the fields!  This last week all of us have been weeding the mats which we still have.  Its been quite a social occasion and all the helpers were in good form.  Just to cap it all we had a water leak in the field as well.  Quite a major leak and it of course had to be in the Sedum field.  The Fields are full of ancient drainage and every so often another leak is discovered.  The worst thing is we don't even know where half the drains are.  We have even had a water diviner out to see if they can locate them!!  All the fun of the farm!!  

Meanwhile back at the farm house we can see a light at the end of the tunnel.  The first load of furniture came back from storage and I am surrounded by packing boxes as I write. Together with this we still have our baby peacock, Charlie.  He is growing bigger and bigger and I know have managed to keep him outside most of the day but he insists on coming in at night!!  He sits on my lap its ridiculous.  The dogs are terrified of him! Just heard that Jim has cut his head open on a window frame and is now in casualty! Probably best go and see if he is ok!

Elaine  Director Sedum Green Roof 

  

      • Thursday 30th August

 

The summer seems to have gone by, well, what we could call a summer.  The Sedum fields have been somewhat waterlogged and growth has not been good.  We were hoping for an Indian Summer and are still crossing our fingers. Sales have been delayed due to the weather as no one wants to put Sedum on the roof when its pouring with rain!!. Hopefully now things will improve.  Our fields are all ready for rolling.  Lots of weeding to do!  Some companies do not weed their mats which I find strange.  Many of the Sedum growers tend to leave weeds in, I don't really understand this. Once the Sedum has established the weeds are blocked out but initially during the early growing period weeding is necessary. Getting weeders is another story and even I have been down there doing my bit!  

 

Great news and great excitement is that we have just launched our new S.Pod or Sedum modular Pod.  This small tray holds all the sedum, substrate and drainage layer in one easy tray.  All that you do is put it on a waterproofed roof.  Its a fantastic new concept and makes life a lot easier.  The Sedum seems to be very happy growing this way as well and it may eliminate the weeding aspect of the mats in the early stages, all good news.  We are just about to launch the modules so hopefully they will be popular.  Many of our colleagues are doing the same so this does seem the way forward.

Enormous amount of work in the pipeline.  Lots of new houses going up want Sedum Roofs and we are doing well with the walls and the wild flower roofs as well.  This year there are a lot of plugs available so any one who wants Sedum plugs let us know!!

 

Back to work now, things to write for the site and pictures to take!

 

 Elaine Carp  DIRECTOR SEDUM GREEN ROOF

 

Haven't managed to write anything for so long as I have been so busy with orders and the fields.  We have had a lot of people helping us roll the mats and they all need supervision.  Our main problem has been the wet.  If there is one thing Sedum hates its getting water logged.  The fields have been so we that is exactly what has happened! The fields have stayed their lovely winter colours of reds and oranges but have not turned green!! This is mainly due to the stress of having too much water.  The mats that have gone and been put on roofs have greened up beautifully and some of our customers have sent pictures.  So if you do get red Sedum in the middle of summer don't panic its still alive and kicking and just needs some sun as we all do!!

Sales have gone so well this year that we have planted yet more Sedum out.  We just don't seem to have enough hands to keep up with all the work!  

Soon we will be ending our shed offer so get in while the going is good!  We will be doing another offer in the Autumn but if you do need Sedum for small areas such as sheds etc just give us a ring and I am sure we can help. Sometimes we are on the fields so leave a message and Juliet myself or Richard will get back to you.

On the farm all is quiet thankfully.  I will try and include pictures next time as it is fun to see how we are getting on.

 

More next week

 

Elaine  DIRECTOR SEDUM GREEN ROOF 

 

 

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      • Thursday 24th May

 

Yesterday was so wonderful that spent a great deal of time on the fields.  Everything suddenly takes off once the sun shines. The Sedum is looking so healthy and we have so much this year.  The shed pack is still doing very well and only has a week or so to run before it will be off so hope everyone is taking advantage of it!  

Don't forget you can do a Sedum roof with plug plants or even lay an area in the garden where grass has difficulty with Sedum, and it will cover all sorts of difficult areas.  Now that we can get the tractors on the ground again we can lay the other fields which we intended to do weeks ago.  I can't believe it but actually saw Matty watering yesterday!

Otherwise all quiet and just the usual farm rush to get the grass in while it is dry.  You think it is quiet in the country but yesterday the tractor noise of everyone in the area rushing to get the grass in was deafening!

My new peacock flew off the other day so picked up another one yesterday.  Such a shame to have to lock them in for so long but it is the only way to make them stay.  At least they have a pen they can get out and sun bathe! 

Its amazing that as soon as the sun comes out the sales go sky high.  We have been non stop on the phones.  If you ever ring and have to leave a message its because Juliet is on the phone to someone!  She complains we need more staff but we do ring back so just leave us a message.  We try very hard to offer a good and reliable service.  All our Sedum is top quality and we offer full consultation and advice throughout a sale all for free! Its a new industry and everyone needs help so just ring us if you need any advice on Green Roofs, Sedum, plug plants or anything about sustainable roofs.

Off to help in the fields now

 

Elaine, Director Sedum Green Roof 

 

  • Wednesday 15th May

    Our offer with the Shed Pack, a Green or living sedum roof on your shed, has gone down very well and the sales have been high.  Interesting to see how many individuals are really catching onto this.  Would be so wonderful if everyone who owned a shed or a garage roof put Sedum onto it.  Not only does it look so lovely but it encourages the wildlife and really helps the environment.

    Once our Green Roof Shed offer is over we were thinking of offering a similar offer for garages/stables etc.  We have had a lot of enquiries and people like to buy the entire package.  Roll on our new ideas for growing and selling Green Roofs!! Some friends of ours build timber garages and stables, we are going to work with them to offer a complete package of garage/stable block and Green Roof!

    Meanwhile I have been researching the effects of bees and Sedum.  I shall write an article about it soon.  Now that the weather is improving and we can at last get out and work on the fields the amount the Sedum has grown has been incredible.  I love the winter purple colours which are now turning into shades of green which look so wonderful as I look out on this blanket of Sedum

    I plan to put Sedum around my water garden area as it will save on the mowing!  You really don't have to do much to Sedum except just watch it grow.

     

    Time to put the chickens to bed.

     

    Elaine   Sedum Green Roof 

     

    Wednesday 2nd  May 

Been a busy bank holiday but weather had been terrible.  Fields are very water logged and we haven't really been able to get out there.  On the other side of things the rain has helped the Sedum which is coming on beautifully. Just hope in the next week or so it dries up enough to get the tractor onto the fields.

The dandelion seeds have been unbelievable dancing about in the wind.  Really irritating though.  Trouble is there was millions floating around over the Sedum.  I just hope they blow away!  Obviously a good year for the dandelion!

Matty has been preparing new species for our mats and we have some new and exciting products up our sleeve which will be coming out soon.  We have been doing very well with our shed offer and plan to have a page for selling soon so watch this space!

This year we have our biggest acreage yet and all doing well.  Just would like a little dryer weather in order to be able to roll the mats up without being knee deep in mud.  All worth it in the end as we have had some wonderful feed back from our clients.

Meanwhile back on the farm things have been busy.  Our poor cat of 20 years died this week.  She had gone a bit loopy but it was still sad.  She looked pretty right up to the last minute!  The swallows and house martins are back big time this year.  Little later than normal but back non the least.  Have put up nest cups for them under the eaves but they are busy already preparing their nests.  Juliet and I found an amazing nest, we think hedge sparrow, on top of some cans of paint in the garage.  There were five beautiful little faces looking up at us (yes it was quite low!).  They all fledged over the weekend which was a relief really as I wanted to clear the garage out.

That's all for now as today is busy as the sun is coming out!!!

Elaine Carp, Director Sedum Green Roof.


Sedum is usually cultivated as a garden plants mainly for their foliage and brightly coloured flowers. Species vary adapting to individual environments. It is thought that the leaves from nearly all the stonecrop family are edible. I’ve not tried them in my salad personally, but will give it a go one day!! Reflexum ‘stone orpine’, ‘crooked yellow stonecrop’ is sometimes used as a salad leaf in many parts of  Europe. Sedum Green Roof offer these as plug plants so if you want to give it a go, go to our online shop! (about to appear!!)  Sedum Diversions (Spreading stonecrop). The plant is also used by Haida, Nisga and Nass Valley so if it’s good enough for them...  Other sedums have been used as medicines over the years including: Sedum Acre which was used for Epilepsy and skin disease. I wouldn’t jump up on your green roof and start eating it and rubbing sedum on your arms so do your own research first!!

Jim Blundell, Project Manager Sedum Green Roof.
 

  • Monday 23rd April

Last week was very busy with many of our big clients coming down to see us.  Weather was not great but we managed.  All good news for us and we seem to be doing pretty well with orders. Sedum coming on well but the weather can't make up its mind whether to be dry or wet! Still, mustn't complain about the wet we really needed it!

Been working on the website again this week. Still trying to get to grip with everything.  Desperate for some better pictures of our sites. I will have to spend a day going out and photographing them on a sunny day.

Our friends Ascot Timber Buildings are going to Badminton to exhibit and they are taking some of our mats.  We are going to work together to supply the shed and the Sedum mat as a package deal.  Should work really well so quite excited about that. If you go look out for us!

We had hoped to lay out another section of mats today but the weather has rained everyone off so we are plug planting instead in the polytunnels.  We are experimenting with yet more species to add to the mats.  Its really interesting to make colours and patterns with the different species.  Trying out perennial mats and wild flowers as well this year.

This week plan to try and find out all the species of birds and insects that like Sedum and write a page on the website about it.  We recently had a client who wanted Sedum for his butterflies, evidently they love it!

Well, off to do the farm chores now.

Elaine Carp, Director Sedum Green Roof



  • Wednesday 18th April

Horrendous weather over the past few days.  Although mild it has been really windy and worried about the Sedum on the mats but all is fine.

Have been trying to write more pages for the website but cannot get to grips with the web design program.  Been at it all day!  I suppose eventually I will get it.  So frustrating though and at the end of the day you feel as though you have achieved nothing.

Hopefully soon I will have pictures and more on the blog to make it a bit more interesting but I am limited in my skills at the moment!

However, I have found a few pictures of our stand at the Eco show and a lovely picture of our bird house.  I intend to cover the roofs of the chicken coups here on the farm.  I have five in a row, they would look amazing!  Roll on better weather so I can get outside again.

Some of our competitors are slashing the prices and I cannot see that they can keep up the standard.  One thing we have is a very high quality product, our Sedum is superb.  We make sure it is delivered quickly and efficiently and we have more than seven species in each mat.  I don't think you can get better.  The only problem we ever had was when the mats were left rolled up too long once delivered.  They basically went black and died.  If they had been unrolled as soon as they are delivered it would have been fine.  I know we are a little more expensive but our product is 100% and our service is superb with Juliet and Jim at the helm.

Jim sent me this today:

"It's unwise to pay too much, but it is worse to pay too little. When you pay too much you lose a little money – that is all. When you pay too little you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the things it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot. It can't be done if you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better" John Ruskin 1819-1906

We are going to offer online buying soon which will be exciting.  Setting up the pages now.

Otherwise building at the farm continues.  Today we dismantled the old fireplace and found an inglenook complete with bread oven and babies shoes in the chimney...a sign of good luck!

Time to feed and walk the dogs and put the chickens to bed!


Elaine Carp, Director Sedum Green Roof.


  • April 13th 2012

Beautiful sunny day here in Wiltshire. Everybody on the fields today laying the new mats and maintaining the others.  Thanks to the downpours the Sedum has come on really well. We have been laying more this year than normal and have some important guests next week so hope it wall all look wonderful when they come!

Trying to add pages to the website which is always tricky when learning a new system! We tried to video Richard and Jim putting a Sedum roof on a shed over Easter but it poured and poured so we had to give up in the end! Hopefully this week we can try again.

Builders in the house today, full on noise and Will, our son is working hard for his GCSE's. Poor chap is suffering with all the noise!  We have found some interesting relics under the old floors,coins and other odds and ends. Can't wait till it is all finished though as beginning to drive me mad. The new ground source heat pump and solar panels are working a treat though, no more horrid oil bills!!! Bliss!! We are virtually self sufficient now, just the water to sort out. At least no hose pipe ban here!

Big tractor packed up this week so we have had to send it away.  Hopefully they are lending us one as it is rather important!!  Grass is growing in the fields at a rapid rate so I want to get it topped as soon as possible. On the borders of the Sedum field it is important to keep the grasses down as the weeds will spread otherwise. 

On the other fields I have left vast areas for conservation.  I have planted wild flowers and have allowed all around the hedge rows a border of uncut grasses and flowers.  We have the Goshawk around again which is fun, as well as the little owls who have come back to nest. Kestrels already have one brood which I thought was quite early. The long grass encourages the wildlife so keeping up with our sustainable aims on the farm!

Lots of lambs leaping about as well. Came back yesterday with the evening light backlighting the lambs in the fields, was quite breathtaking.

Have three broody chickens which I missed. Can't cope with all these chicks! They look very pretty for awhile but too many cocks for my liking, they can be such bullies. Some for the pot soon I think!!

Tomorrow I am going to treat myself to a trip to London to see my daughter. Away from all the dust and noise for a day.

Off down the fields now to see how the new fields are doing and the new varieties we are trying out. Big batch went out today but Richard reckons it was our finest Sedum yet, really good quality.

Elaine Carp, Director Sedum Green Roof.
 


  • April 4th 2012

So, trip to Bicester today to the "Grass Roots" exhibition, held at Bell Lane. The day nearly didn't start due to the lack of fuel where the Country has gone mad filling jerry cans and carrier bags of fuel!!! But we managed to get some after queuing for what seemed like an eternity!!!
 
We arrived in the Town centre, there was a great market on, so that was my lunch break sorted!!! After setting up we were greeted by a womble!! Who took a shining to Jim (picture attached), and then greeted by lots of home made cake!
 
It was a lot of fun to be involved in a community that care and want to see more Sedum Green Roofs. There was also a hire bike company who had devised routes to explore the local areas which was great.
 
We spoke with Steve from Azdominion who are creating an "Eco Village". We were honoured to be invited to show case our products at Bicester, with another event being held on Wednesday 4th April. Sedum Green Roof will do our best at providing any help in the way of plant and design knowledge to meet the objectives of this amazing project, which, hopefully, should start in September. Exciting times!!
 
So this concludes Sedum Green roofs adventures this weekend, we have had a great week, with some substantial orders and are looking forward to the future!!!  Juliet Blundell CEO

 
Finally some rain at last!  Fields are looking fantastic.  We have been watering but as soon as the rain comes down it just loves it!
 
Had some massive orders this week so its all hands down to get the stuff rolled and off.  We spent this week putting down a concrete (I know not eco!) base for the lorry to turn on.  We have tried all other means but the lorries get stuck in the heavy clay or destroy the ground beyond recognition.  In the end we had to put a concrete base down but made it as small as possible so that they could back and turn when collecting.  I have off set it by planting 100 trees in the other field.
 
The weather has cooled but still warm and no wind, which is great.  All is looking good and even Matty is happy!
 
On the rest of the farm we had to move the chickens as they have decided all the new shoots by the pond/lake are yummy.  Spent last night trying to catch them to put them in their new moved home.  In the end we discovered that if we left a cardboard box out they all went in that and we just scooped them up, hilarious!!
 
Easter approaching and we plan to put a Sedum roof on Matty’s little hut by the fields.  We plan to video it so it will go on the website once I have edited it!  I have been trying to write new pages for the website but the new system is driving me mad.  Spent all day yesterday trying to put a spelling mistake right and ended up loosing all the main front page….thanks George for helping me put it right!  I need to go back and take a degree in computing!
 
Back to work now as its sunny and more Sedum to put down for the big project in September.  Thanks to Jim and Juliet for manning the stand over the weekend.  Love the pic Jim!!  Do you think we should get you costumes for the future?!!
 
Elaine Carp, Director Sedum Green Roof
 

 

  • March 27th 2012

After an extremely busy week at the Excel Ecobuild exhibition in London’s Docklands we finally made it back to the farm.  We were worried our sedum species trays would not be ready in time, as we wanted it to look good on our stand.  However, it looked even better than we could have wished for.  Even an article about us!

The show was a great success.  We didn’t stop for all three days.  The interest was enormous and we even had people queuing to talk to us!!  We have had so many enquiries and even orders, we couldn’t wait to get back and check the fields!

I have to admit I snuck back a day early, utterly exhausted.  Richard,  Jim and Juliet stayed on and were amazing, always full of enthusiasm.

I managed to go to a few lectures.  Dusty Gedge gave an interesting lecture on the anatomy of a successful roof and Stefan Zeller from Optigreen ,whom we supply, talked on cost effective installation establishment and maintenance.  An evening on Monday with the team from Blackdown was fun as well…..drank far too much!

The lack of rain has caused the Sedum to remain slightly stunted and not to come on as fast as we would like.  However with new techniques conjured up by our horticulturist, Matty, we are doing fine.  Luckily we have no hose pipe ban here so can irrigate without any problems.  Unfortunately, we are on metered water even though we are on a farm!  We are thinking of sinking a few bore holes to help the situation.  Fortunately, there is plenty of water around the farm so should be fairly easy to tap into…another project!

Last Autumn’s mats that we laid have come on very well and are ready to roll soon.  Once Sedum establishes there is no real need to water.  It’s only in the very early days it needs a bit of help. We have our ever faithful Eldrid who checks the mats for any weeds which may have blown in, once the mats are established and have full cover the weeds don’t have much of a chance but in the early days of mat cultivation we have to watch for those stray dandelions!

At the farmhouse we are putting a new roof on the garage and have decided to lay Sedum down.  We are going to Video it and put it on the website.  I shall get the whole crew to help so that you can meet all the characters on the farm, including the chickens and peacocks!

Time to hydromulch the new mats next week.  This is a great way to keep the new cuttings and small plants moist and stable on the newly made mats.  Our team have made their own hydromulch which is brilliant.  We used it last year and it did the job to perfection.  Saved on hiring in a hydromulch and often the driver as well. Will try and get some pictures of it in action.  

Next project is to cultivate some fields in Surrey we have as this will save on haulage if we can have fields dotted around the countryside.  We already have a site in Scotland so this will be great to spread Sedum Green Roof!

Well this is my first blog and hope to keep you updated on a regular basis.  I expect there will be lots of dramas to report.  The storms at the beginning of the year nearly wiped out our top end field, which was a real disaster.  We have got to rethink the way we anchor some of the mats to keep them from wind damage. No doubt there will be other problems we will encounter!  Our main aim is to keep the quality of the Sedum mats and our plug plants up to scratch, we never want to send out inferior qualtity.  

Back to the fields now to check on progress.  Just a bit of rain would be very welcome!

Elaine Carp, Director Sedum Green Roof


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