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.
There's nothing more traditional at Christmas than festoon lighting with strings of bulbs stretched across the front of a house or decorating the garden. Nathan James Dodd reviews these old style lights that have now been brought right up to date by the use of LEDs.
Draped over or inside a porch, attached to the roof, on trees, or along the path, festoon lighting is a wonderfully bright and colourful way to welcome guests.
Konstsmide Outdoor Christmas Lights consist of twenty coloured bulbs, lit by LEDs rather than traditional energy wasting filaments. Classically shaped and redolent of yesteryear, these lights may use less energy but that doesn't diminish their impact.
Similar Coloured Christmas Lights that flamboyantly stand out from the crowd can be added to Konstsmide's 24v extendible light system and become part of an outstanding display with their red, green, gold, white and blue colours.
Premier have Multi-coloured frosted balls that are also multi-functional with a choice of eight modes. As they are low voltage, these lights can be used inside the house or outdoors.
Clear LED bulbs are also available in sets of twenty, from Konstsmide and Lumineo, a leading high quality Dutch brand. A black cable is used for easy concealment and they can be used to brightly decorate the exterior of the house or garden.
Both Konstsmide and Premier offer traditionally styled lanterns lit by LEDs. Although they appear Dickensian, the light and colour is very vivid, much more intense than in the past and very much more energy efficient.
The Premier Chasing Christmas Lantern Set has 40 or 80 lanterns and can be used indoors or outside, to create a wonderful spectacle of colour, light and movement.
Christmas lighting is all about illuminating dark winter evenings and transforming a bleak monochrome landscape into something much more colourful, there's not doubt that festoon lights perform this function tremendously well.
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.