Blog archive 2018

December 2018

Christmas Cheer!

How to celebrate Christmas? Well, ‘tis the season to be jolly so we can begin by rejoicing the fact that we’ve all made it through yet another successful year and are now looking forward to a relaxing, joyful festive season with family and friends. The tree’s been decorated and our letters have been sent to

Fireguard-for-Wood-Burning-Stove November 2018

Health check your wood burning stove

Wood burning stoves have become incredibly popular these last few years with 200,000 sold annually in the UK. in order to keep them efficient as well as safe, it’s worth remembering that when burning timber, they emit tiny particles known as PM2.5 which is the most harmful type of air pollution and is linked to

July 2018

Refreshing Summer Gardens with Planters

Refresh and revive How are this year’s garden schemes taking shape? At time of writing (the start of the summer school holidays) the usually lush, green gardens of England are limping a little in the midst of a lengthy summer heatwave. We don’t yet have a hosepipe ban in place in the South West near

Garden Trellis Panels June 2018

Trellis Training

Wildlife & micro-climate   Friends recently came across an aerial image of their 18th century cottage garden in the 1970’s and were slightly surprised to see that their now teeming, modest patch had temporarily been a featureless bare lawn with no borders or hedges, just low link fencing. Even when they moved in a few years

Grey window box May 2018

Inspiration for Summery Window Boxes

Release the flower shows!   RHS flower show season is here! At time of writing, the RHS Malvern Spring Festival is just a day away and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is opening on 22nd May in a couple of weeks’ time – buzzing honeypots for those seeking ideas and inspiration for this year’s fresh

Iron Porch April 2018

Shelter from Spring Showers

A well designed welcome   Through the noise of the clattering spring rains against the conservatory, the doorbell rings. By the time you reach the front door, your visitor is found shaking off the shower, looking grateful for the spatial oasis of shelter formed by a smart metal porch canopy. Come on in you say,

Arch trellis and roses March 2018

Make Magic with Wirework Garden Arches

It’s springtime in England and thawed ground in still-bare gardens is ready to erupt, dotted with splashes of yellow daffs and Forsythia, with the promise of much-welcomed warmer winds, rainbow waves of Tulips and shooting perennials. In a few weeks, the green will be knee high but, for the moment, we can still visualise more

wall top trellis February 2018

Prepare for trellis training

Planning summer trellis projects Although wintry winds and the occasional snow storm still whistle through, warmer days are only a few weeks away and any stirring kernels of early spring hopes and visions for that possibly pretty bleak patch of garden can take hold. For many, planting plans are mentally taking shape as we can

January 2018

Terrace Planters for The Ivy’s Brasseries

The Ivy, Tower Bridge Table for four? On our outdoor terrace? Yes, of course this way… The Ivy Brasserie, currently sweeping the land as its iconic, in-crowd honeypots pop up in hot property spots, is synonymous with classic British/European all-day dining, sophisticated and super stylish as well as being magically relaxed and welcoming. Just the



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