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Fact sheet 2004 - Ep 3


Wasted space

Throughout this episode Dan explained how to turn an annoying space into something useful-and beautiful.

The trees used on this item were: Olea europaea Frantoio (Olive tree), Acca sellowiana Triumph (Feijoa), Citrus x latifolia Tahitian Lime

Dan also created a light sculpture, here are the instructions:

Materials:

  • Twinlight - This is a roofing product, with a UV protective covering on one side, available from some hardware stores and plastics suppliers (such as Mulford Plastics).
  • Aluminium H-joiner Available from aluminium suppliers (such as Ulrich Aluminium). Use a 6mm H-joiner to fit the Twinlight
  • Stiff wire to hang the lights from - Available from most hardware stores (or an old wire coathanger will do)
  • Clear silicone sealant Available from hardware stores
  • Duct Tape
  • Fairy lights Must be outdoor rated (i.e. 12 volt), Available from Light Industry 09 4276133, I used fairy lights with about thirty 0.5watt bulbs in each light
  • Low voltage wire to run between the lights and the transformers. Available from some hardware stores and electrical suppliers
  • Quick settting concrete to set the lights into the ground. Available from most hardware stores and landscape suppliers

Method:

Cut out a stip of Twinlight 600mm by 1800mm. A sturdy cutting blade or an angle grinder are best for cutting the Twinlight.

Mark lines down the Twinlight at 75mm, 225mm, 375mm and 525mm (along the short side).

Remove the inside panels of two cells of the Twinlight, along each of the marked lines. This is to help it bend into shape. Make sure that the writing (that's the side with the UV protection coating) is on the bottom, so it ends up on the outside of the finished light. Use a sturdy cutting blade, and be careful not to cut though the outer panels too.

Cut a strip of 6mm Aluminium H-joiner 1800mm long, using a hacksaw or an angle grinder.

Apply a strip of silicone sealant along one channel of the H-joiner. Push the H-joiner onto the edge of the Twinlight and tape it, to hold it in place until the silicone sets.

Apply a strip of silicone sealant along the other channel of the H-joiner.

Using the grooves you cut earlier, fold the Twinlight to form a long box, so the grooves end up helping to form the corners.

Slide the spare edge of Twinlight into the H-section and tape it, to hold it in place until the silicone sets.

Cut some small (5mmx5mm) notches in the top of the inner pannels of two sides of the box.

Bend a 250mm length of wire into a C, so that each end can slide down into the walls, and rest in the notches.

Hang the fairylights from the wire.

Cut a piece of Twinlight to fit on the top of the box. Attach it to the top of the box, using silicone, and tape it, to hold it in place until the silicone sets.

Use an electrical joiner to attach the fairylights to the low voltage wire. Run the wire in to the house, to near where the transformer will be.

Check that the transformer and lights work, by plugging them in briefly, then leave unplugged until the job is completed, to ensure safety. I recommend placing the transformer on a switch somewhere handy, so it is easy to turn on and off. A timeswitch, or a switch that automatically turns on when it gets dark, can add a sense of magic.

Dig a hole in the ground 400x400mmx400mm. Place the light in the hole, ensuring it is vertical. Place some rapid setting concrete around the light and water it well. It should set within about 15 minutes.

Plug in the transformer and turn on the lights!

Contractors:

Landsmiths
Website: www.landsmiths.co.nz
Tel: 09-358-2717

The basics of lawns

Lynda showed three different types of grass seed to sow:

  • Turf Ryegrass
  • Fine Fescue
  • Brown Top

And we featured:

Readylawn and Hydrolawn
Contact:
Keith Thompson,
Phone:027-281-0118 or 09-536-5120

Turfpave

Contact:
Permathene Ltd
PO Box 71015
Auckland 7
>Phone: 09-968-8888
Website: www.permathene.com

Top 5 - climbers

1. Trachelospermum jasminoides Star Jasmine

This climber requires support for its dense evergreen foliage. It's fragrant white, star-shaped flowers appear from summer to mid autumn.

2. Bougainvillea 'Scarlet Ohara'

This extremely hardy, but frost tender plant is best grown in full sun. Hard pruning encourages thorn growth, so prune lightly after flowering to control the plant.

3. Mandevilla 'Sun Parasol'

The plant is frost tender and prefers a warm position away from harsh sunlight.

4. Parthenocissus quinquefolia Virginia Creeper

Virginia creeper is a fast-growing, self-clinging deciduous climber with brilliant red autumn tonings. This frost hardy plant tolerates temperatures down to -15ýC and thrives in full sun to part shade.

5. Clematis 'Queen Alexandra'

The very frost hardy climbing clematis will brighten up walls, trellis, fences and garden sheds. Queen Alexandra has flowers of slivery lavender with cream stamens, from late spring and autumn.

Various nurseries and plant shops can supply these climbers including:

AWA Nursery
Mahana Road
Waimauku
Tel: 09-411-8712

Plantet Earth
Tel: 09-412-2689
Website: www.aucklandscapes.co.nz

Beautiful backyard - Rick Rudd

This week's Beautiful Backyard was that of Rick Rudd, Castlecliff, Wanganui.

Contact:
www.rickrudd.com

The plants seen in Rick Rudd's Garden Are: Muehlenbeckia ephedroides, Corokia Acaena sp., Rubus squarrosus Bush lawyer, Rubus parvus Creeping lawyer, Clematis afoliata

This Garden is not open to the Public

Top 5 - water plants

1. Ranunculs lingua - Water buttercup

This plant tolerates a cold climate as well as warm areas. Frost tender.

2. Baumea articulata - Jointed twig rush

Plant in bog or water from 2cm to almost 1m deep in flood situations.

3. Water Lily - Tropical Water Lily

An easy-to-grow tropical lily for warm ponds.

4. Pontederia corcdata - Pond pickeril

This plant makes a large filler in heavy clay soil on pond edges or in a large basket in a pond.

5. Zantedeschia Elfin

Many dwarf varieties are grown for ponds. They are tidy and yet elegant edging plants with a semi formal look.

Plant doctor - poisonous plants

In this episode Richard talked about various plants that are poisonous or can cause skin irritations:

Skin Irritant: Euphorbia sp.

Skin Irritant: Agapanthus African Lily

Poisonous: Nerium Oleander

Poisonous: Ligustrum Privet

Poisonous: Solanum tuberosum

Poisonous Zantedeschia aethiopica Arum Lily

If you have any concerns or questions regarding poisonous plants you can contact the national poisons centre on: 0800-764-766


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