Painted Wood Garden Furniture

Painted Wood They do say that there is nothing new under the sun and that fashion repeats itself.  Well, good news for the thrifty among us – or those of you who never did get on the cast aluminium garden furniture let alone rattan bandwagon, wood is making its comeback on the garden furniture scene.   …

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Plant Theatres

Plant Theatres It’s not often that I come across a new term in the cosy little world of metal garden furniture, but I was flicking through the lovely new Sarah Raven catalogue last night, ogling the tulips and dreaming of drifts of alliums, when I came across a section entitled “Plant Theatres”. While a quick…

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Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor Kitchens In the past couple of years, we’ve seen a real explosion in options for the outdoor dining experience.  No longer is it enough to have a lovely metal garden table and chairs, with cushions and a parasol to match.   These days however the aspirational outdoor experience includes an entire outdoor kitchen and it…

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Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons  The flowering season for rhodies is a little late this year so plenty of time to plan a visit to see them at their best, if you don’t grow them at home.  Few who have marvelled at these plants when they are in full show would have any idea that they are not native…

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Patio Design

Patio design – this is the time of year to get inspired about major changes outdoors.  If you are thinking of building a patio, do consider these points before you get too far into planning your project. Patio Design Position There is a tendency to stick the patio right next to the house; it was…

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Floral Clock

Floral Clock by Linneaus’  A quick glance at the Linneaus Society of London website gives a brief explanation. “Carl Linnaeus observed over a number of years that certain plants consistently opened and closed their flowers at particular times of the day, these times varying from species to species. He concluded that one could deduce the…

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