Showcasing young musical talent, this year's Winter Concert at Arthur Terry School was an outstanding success and took place against the stunning backdrop of a Christmas Tree donated by GardenSite.
Icicle lights are among the most popular Christmas decorations. Andy Taylor 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.
Konstsmide replicate the real thing with a 500cm (16ft 5ins) length of 50 warm white highly realistic acrylic icicles. You can extend the effect as the set is compatible with the Konstsmide 24v extendable LED light system, and the icicles can also be linked to different lights within that system.
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 are available in several different sets. The most basic has a choice of 5 or 7 metre strings of 180 or 240 LEDs regulated by a control box.
Their low voltage Supabrights set is intensely colourful and fitted with a speed controller, you can choose from lengths between 4.8 metres and 23.8 metres with 180 to 960 LEDs.
Premier Multi-Action Nite Lites are available in the same lengths as their Supabrights and the warm white, ice white and multi-coloured LEDs can be controlled either remotely or by a light sensor
The effects that can be achieved include fading, slow glowing, twinkling and flashing, or a combination of these. There's a timer function to activate the lights automatically at sunset and also a memory function.
See for yourself how Icicle Lights can transform your home and garden with superb effects, proving that it doesn't have to be a freezing cold winter outside to enjoy a traditional Christmas landscape..
For full information go to our Icicle Lights page.
Dazzling with colourful interest in the brilliant sunshine, this year's Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will prove to be a tremendous attraction for everyone as it caters for both keen gardeners and families who just what a day out in magnificent surroundings.
After all the dry hot weather that much of the country has experienced over the last few weeks, the lavender in David Coton's garden is at its most colourful and scented, he's cutting the flowerheads to make lavender biscuits or drying them for pot pourri. Here are more jobs you can do in the garden during July.
At this time of the year you'll find a fabulous selection of summer bedding at our Garden Centre in Birmingham. David Coton will be planting the bedding in containers this month to achieve a wonderful display of colour and here are some other jobs to do in the garden in June.
As part of a project designed to sow ideas, grow inspiration and cultivate futures, 300 London schools are growing their own picnic this summer and their reward could be a £500 voucher from GardenSite.