Attending Glee, the leading garden and leisure industry show, was a great opportunity for Nathan Dodd to spot trends and anticipate products that will come onto the market in the near future.
These perfectly round balls, mostly smooth but some decorated, can embellish a pier or capital, elegantly transforming what may be a plain entrance and landscape. In this Blog, David Coton provides a guide to cast stone Balls and Bases available to UK gardeners and landscape designers.
There are a large range of sizes to choose from, the smallest diameter is 6ins and the largest 21ins, with six in between.
Five different sized cast stone Balls and Bases, smooth and round, weighing from 10kg (22lbs) to 64kg (141lbs). Even without ornamentation, the balls add interest and a certain gravitas to their location, resting on plain square bases. All these balls, and the others in the collection, are available in three classic colours: portland, bathstone or terracotta.
There are three distinctive Balls and Collared Bases in this selection, 13ins, 17ins and 21ins. Again the balls are undecorated cast stone, but this time sit on collared bases. Located on an entrance pier, the impression given will be very imposing, adding a certain dignity to what may be an ordinary gateway.
An Acanthus Leaf Ball is decorated by the foliage of the eponymous Mediterranean plant which is so popular in classical ornamentation. Found on architecture, statues, textiles and friezes, the acanthus is a conspicuous form of elaboration, and here its large leaves emanate from a collared base, enveloping the lower half of a plain ball.
Much more contemporary in appearance, the Vanbrugh Ball and Base (shown in the picture) takes its name from the architect who built Castle Howard and Blenheim Palace stately homes. There's no doubt that they are innovatively designed with a circular shape intersected by a square platform. A very impactful design that is sure evoke plenty of interest and admiration.
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.