With only a few months' training under her belt, GardenSite's own Flori Bosnigeanu took part in this year's Great Birmingham Run, raising over £500 for the city's Children's Hospital.
Icicle lights are among the most popular Christmas decorations. Nathan James Dodd is using them to decorate the interior and outside of his house this year and here he explains why.
Icicles hanging from roof tops and guttering are integral to what we perceive as a 'proper' winter, so it is no surprise that they feature in our Christmas decorations.
Glistening in the dark, highly realistic acrylic icicle lights are produced by those masters of Christmas lighting, Konstsmide and Premier.
Konstsmide replicate the real thing with a string of 16 icicles lit internally by a total of 64 LEDs.These can be hung over internal doorways as well as outside. They prove that it doesn't have to be freezing cold for you to enjoy a typical winter landscape.
There's also a low voltage version with 50 icicles of various lengths spread over 16ft. These can form part of Konstsmide's impressive Extendable LED Light System forming part of a fabulous display.
Premier's Chasing Icicle Lights consist of 24 icicles strung over 7m (23ft) of cable. With a built in chasing effect the LEDs may be mesmerising and long lasting but they are also very energy and cost efficient.
The same manufacturer's Snowing Icicles can be controlled either remotely or by a light sensor. Several different sized sets with warm white, ice white and multi-coloured LEDs range in length from 4.6m (15ft) to 23.8m (78ft).
The effects that can be achieved include fading, slow glowing, twinkling and flashing, or a combination of these. The timer function will activate the lights automatically at sunset, staying active for six hours.
Low voltage Premier Snowing Icicles use Supabrights for intense brightness and colour. Fitted with a speed controller, there are multiple colour choices and six different sized sets. Again, they are energy saving without adversely affecting the wonderful display.
See more about Outdoor Christmas Decorations.
Create a Halloween party in your house or garden with ideas and suggestions from David Coton that will keep your children and neighbours thrilled and spooked on the 31st October.
Looking for some advice on how to decorate your garden for halloween? David Coton has some great ideas to help you create a horror themed garden to scare your neighbours and any trick & treaters who come to your door.
Used originally to frighten away evil spirits, now placed near the front door to deter trick or treaters, carved pumpkins have been part of Halloween for a very long time. Here Martyn Loach explains the process of creating the scariest pumpkin in your street.
To grow the biggest, scariest pumpkin in time for Halloween isn't easy as they take some time to mature and prefer a warm climate. To have the best chance of success Martyn Loach recommends sowing seed indoors during April and then planting out in late May or June.