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.
Traditionally placed on gate posts and piers, stone finials can be significant garden ornaments in their own right as well as embellishments. In this Blog, David Coton provides a guide to stone finials available in the UK to gardeners and landscape designers.
Stone finials include classically traditional as well as more contemporary styles, all of which will decoratively enhance your garden landscape and features.
Overflowing with pomegranates, pears, grapes and an impressive cornucopia of other ripe fruits, the Basket of Fruit finial is a succulent finial that could also be used as a table centrepiece. There is a smaller version and also one with the fruit contained in a fluted vase rather than wicker.
A perennial favourite, the pineapple symbolises hospitality and should be placed near an entrance. Based on a design dating back to the early 1700s, the Pineapple and Base or Ham House Pineapple are a substantial pieces and will warmly welcome all your visitors.
There are several cast stone urns of which the Newlands Urn finial is a good example iconic swagging and elaborate decoration. These are finials festooned with drapery, ribbons and fruit, the opposite of contemporary minimalism, grand designs that have every surface ornately adorned.
Although highly decorated, the Lyme Hall Urn together with the Vine House finial represent a more elegant period of history. With a slimmer, less rotund, profile, this is the type of urn that would feature in a Jane Austen country house.
Birds of prey and other animals have always been favourite finial subjects and the Aquila Eagle is a particularly powerful example, that takes its name from the mythical creature who carried Jupiter's thunderbolts. It's available in left and right hand versions for each side of an entrance.
A cast stone lion sejant is a formidable sight, especially the Lion finial which is so boldly sculptured. This majestic creature will stand guard at the entrance to your house or can be a fearsome prospect located in the landscape or even inside the home.
The handsome bust of a horse will prove to be a notably graceful and prominent equine finial. Based on a Roman original that was displayed at the Medici palace in Florence, it incorporate all the vigour, grace and strength associated with a centurion's stallion.
With Christmas rapidly approaching, our New Oscott Garden Centre has just taken delivery of that most seasonal of plants – the Poinsettia. These are David Hall's tips on to how to keep these beautiful plants at their colourful best.
Our garden centre has been part of the local community for over 60 years, so when one of our partners, David Coton, received a request to donate a Christmas tree to a nearby hospice, he had no hesitation in helping them out.
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There's a huge selection of Premier Christmas Lights, and it's no wonder why they are market leaders judging by the variety and innovation that's on offer. This is Andy Taylor's guide to their range of top quality lights and decorations.