Dazzling with colourful interest in the sunshine, the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is a tremendously popular annual event as it caters for both keen gardeners and also families who want a terrific day out.
If you want to save on energy this Christmas, Nathan James Dodd thinks you should look no further than Battery Operated Christmas Lights.
Konstsmide offer a variety of light sets both static and multi-functional, white and multi-coloured. You don't need a nearby mains socket and most sets can be used inside the house or out in the garden and come with a timer or dusk to dawn sensor.
Premier Battery Time Lights can measure up to 20 metres (200 light set) and a 6 hour timer minimises power consumption. Designed for indoor and outside use, there is an eight function multi-action controller.
The same company offers many other decorative items including snowing shower lights, bead garlands and lovely candles with dancing flames that will look beautiful on a side table or as a dining table centrepiece.
In addition to their light sets, Konstsmide also have a superb selection of lifelike flickering candles. Their wreaths sparkle with LEDs and your favourite festive animals such as polar bears and reindeer together with a snowman and penguins, are internally lit by LEDs.
For your window, there are exquisite Konstsmide alpine scene silhouettes, expertly crafted using fret cut wood and warm white lighting. For something completely different, your walls can be decorated with illuminated canvases from Premier that feature a montage of Christmas scenes.
Finally, and the most energy efficient lighting of all are LED pathway and multi-action lights that are solar powered and will transform your garden with zero running costs.
Building a Hutch Company Starter Chicken Coop is easy by following the detailed instructions that are supplied, it is a practical design that uses excellent quality wooden panels and requires only a screwdriver for assembly.
With a view to introducing their impressive range of timber products to GardenSite, David Coton recently visited Churnet Valley Garden Furniture to look around their manufacturing facility.
GLEE is the garden retail industry's annual show, David Coton took the opportunity to visit this year's event at the NEC in Birmingham to catch up with the news, visit current and potential suppliers and evaluate new products we can offer on GardenSIte in the coming year.
With a La Hacienda chimenea or firepit providing light and heat whatever the thermometer says, David Coton discovers that you can continue savouring an outdoor lifestyle even in late summer and the cool of an autumn evening.